Cadillac is designed to be a brazen expression of wealth. From giant tail
fins trimmed in chrome, to their sheer size, Cadillacs make a statement. And
that's just what the 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe is designed to do.
The picture on the left is from the New York Auto Show. It was very tough to
get a good picture as people were all around the car at the time.
Based loosely on the 2011 Cadillac CTS sedan, the coupe sheds its rear doors
in favor of a sleek body that could double as a Romulan space ship. But in
the process, the CTS Coupe actually gains 80 lbs over the sedan.
Normally, you'd expect that a 2-door would be lighter than the sedan on
which it's based. Yet, the CTS Coupe gets a lot more go-fast hardware than
the CTS sedan, making the extra weight somewhat understandable. To start,
the 2011 CTS Coupe gets a wider track (the wheels are further apart), and
the suspension is tuned to be more responsive. On RWD models, power is put
to the ground via a limited-slip differential with lower gearing. All-Wheel
Drive is an option, along with a Sport suspension package and 19-inch
wheels. However, the CTS Coupe's standard suspension and 18-inch wheels will
provide a far smoother ride.
While the angular body looks as if it were designed on an Etch-a-Sketch, it
has a striking presence in person. It also has a few neat design elements,
such as the huge third brake light that doubles as a spoiler, and functional
brake cooling ducts in the front valance to cool the CTS Coupe's massive
You might also notice the complete absence of exterior door handles on the
2011 CTS Coupe. The is because the car employs a pair of touch panels inside
the angular indentions at the top of the doors. Simply touch them and the
door pops open. To get out of the car, you have to push a small button at
the top of the door pull. This car has no door handles, and that's a bit
What if your battery dies? Are you going to slowly starve to death inside
your $50k luxury coupe? Or worse, your battery dies and your child, or your
dog is trapped inside. Will it take a truck full of firemen and the Jaws of
Life to set them free? Fortunately, no.
On the floor, behind the door sill, there's an “Emergency Door Release”
handle. Pull it, and you're released from your leather lined prison cell.
There's also a handle in the trunk, which you can open with your key to
access the car from the outside. But this novelty has “glitch” written all
over it (ironically, these electric doors are also used on the 2011 Chevy
However, the Star Trek door handles and the limited rear visibility are
where the faults seem to stop. The 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe is very good at
being a personal luxury car. It's not really a sports car, but it has
definite sporting intentions thanks to the 304-hp 3.6 liter V6.
While the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe can get around the Nurburgring Ring
faster than a cheetah with its tail on fire, the standard-issue CTS Coupe is
better suited to lapping the Country Club parking lot. But you'll have just
as much fun, thanks to its excellent chassis and the optional 6-speed manual
The 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe passes the sports car test, it makes a luxurious
personal statement that you just can't ignore. And that's what a Cadillac is
This is a video that I filmed at the New York Auto Show. As you can see
people just loved the non door handles as they get in and out of the