The Cadillac CTS Coupe is the style-focused, two-door variant of the second-generation mid-sized CTS luxury sedan. It combines the luxury and distinctive appearance one would expect of a Cadillac with a healthy dose of sportiness.
The CTS coupe rides on the sedan's wheelbase, yet is about two inches shorter in height and two inches shorter in overall length. It eschews a conventional B-pillar for coupe styling, and interestingly, loses its door handles for push-button entry similar to that offered on the Chevrolet Corvette.
The front fascia features some detail changes compared to the CTS Sedan, such as enlarged openings for the brake cooling vents. The rear fascia adds a center-exit exhaust and unique diamond cut-style mesh lower grilles.
Standard on the CTS coupe is the sedan's optional 3.6-liter direct-injected V6, which produces 318 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic helps the car return achieve 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway using regular unleaded, while an six-speed manual increases driver involvement at the cost of slightly worse fuel economy (16/26 mpg).
The CTS Coupe comes standard with rear-wheel drive, 18-inch alloy wheels, a performance suspension, rear parking assist, a Bose audio system, power front seats and keyless access with remote start.
The CTS Performance Collection adds adaptive Xenon headlamps, leather upholstery, an upgraded Bose audio system and a 40 GB hard drive for music storage.
Topping the base CTS Coupe is the Premium Collection, which includes ambient lighting, navigation, a rear-view camera, ventilated front seats, a moonroof and a heated steering wheel. The Premium collection can be further spiced up with the Touring Package, which brings a microfiber suede-trimmed steering wheel rim and shift knob, sport alloy pedals, a sport grille and V-Series center brake light, Midnight Sapele wood trim, Recaro performance seats and 19-inch polished aluminum wheels.
New for the latest model year is the Sport Blue interior package. It adds Twilight Blue leather seating with sueded inserts and Midnight Sapele wood trim.
All-wheel-drive is available as a traction-enhancing option for northern climates, though only withe automatic gearbox.
All CTS models come standard with dual front, front side and full-length side curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems and a tire-pressure monitoring system.
The CTS Coupe faces competition from the BMW 3-Series Coupe, the Audi A5 and the Infiniti G37 Coupe.