2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe
- Written by Wilson Calvert
I have been looking forward to a week with the CTS Coupe since the first time I saw a photo of it. The 4-door Cadillac CTS was Cadillac’s return to relevance. It provided a sporty and fun car that looked the part. The CTS Coupe was released and it improved on the sexy exterior with an even more angled rear end, and the beautiful lines of a 2-door coupe. The result is one of my favorite cars are the road today under $50,000. The CTS Coupe is powered by the direct injected 3.6L V6 that puts out 304 horsepower. They do offer a supercharged V8 version, but it is significantly more expensive, starting at $65,000 and is considered a completely different car in my book. The front end of the CTS Coupe is identical to the regular CTS, which is a good thing as it looks fantastic. Inside the Coupe, you will find yourself at the wheel of a car that offer a very luxurious and refined day-to-day driver, but also at the wheel of a car that is a blast to drive. It isn’t a speed demon with only 304 hp, but it provides the thrills that 95% of the population would need. My test vehicle is part of the premium trim, which provides things like HID headlights, and a pop-up navigation screen that powers a 6 speaker Bose surround sound unit. My tester also came with a very unique paint choice, the Tuscan Bronze Chromaflair paint, which looks white, but has bronze metallic overtones. It cost an extra $995, but looks like it cost $4,995 and gave the unique looking car another element of unique style. Cost: Base model $38,165. As tested $51,030 (with every option) Upsides: Looks incredible, fun to drive and you are swathed in luxury. Downsides: Doesn’t provide the power or sportiness of a BMW 335 coupe, but you won’t blend in like a silver BMW. Final Word: I really enjoyed this car. Usually when I look forward to a car this much, it doesn’t deliver in my mind (see my summer 2009 article on the BMW M6). I turned over the keys to this car 3 weeks ago, and my mind is still begging for more. It’s ultra-modern design demands attention, but it’s very refined in everything that it does. At 18 mpg city and 27 mph highway, it provides decent gas mileage, and it even runs on 87 octane regular gas. The CTS Coupe is a Tour de Force of engineering and art, and it should have no problem satisfying you if you are looking for a luxurious daily driver or a fun toy for beautiful Saturdays.