2012 Cadillac CTS Coupe Miami
The 2012 Cadillac CTS gets an additional 12 horsepower, along with a slightly revised grille, active front head restraints, standard Bluetooth, an optional blind-spot warning system and an optional heated steering wheel. The 2012 Cadillac CTS Coupe is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 318 hp and 275 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic are standard, but all-wheel drive is optional. Even in a car that weighs more than 4000 pounds with two people in it, the V6 pulls very strongly at full-throttle and sounds muscular and powerful while doing it.
Powering the '12 Cadillac CTS Coupe
The 3.6-liter direction-injection V6 with dual overhead camshafts and 24 valves produces 304-horsepower, 273 foot-pounds of torque. The engine can be combined with one of two six-speed transmissions, an Aisin manual or a Hydra-Matic automatic with manual shift control. To get more acceleration out of the same engine as the sedan has, the CTS Coupe gets a lower rear axle ratio. The CTS Coupe comes in a standard rear-drive layout, with computer-controlled all-wheel-drive optional. The chunky leather-wrapped steering wheel leads down to a power steering system that feels connected and commanding.
2012 Cadillac CTS Coupe Cabin
The Interior of the CTS Coupe is pretty much the same as those of the CTS sedan and Sport Wagon, with a combination of analog and digital readouts in the main three-pod instrument cluster bathed in a very nice, crisp blue light that's easy to see and easy on the eyes. The interior designs have made the driver's seat, center stack and center console into awell-organized command center, topped by a retractable navigation screen and slathered in brushed metal that can reflect lots of light in the wrong lighting conditions. There's just the right amount of decorative wood on the door panels, steering wheel, instrument panel and console to lend an air of richness and luxury without looking like a Victorian library. The front bucket seats are generously sized for American male drivers, they're cushy without being mushy, and there are thick, supportive and retentive bolsters for the torso for long rides in the country. Nothing in here is difficult to see or understand or operate, and there is plenty of latitude for adjustment in the seats and steering wheel. It's a lovely place to drive from. Safety features include front and side airbags, side air curtain, ABS, traction control, StabiliTrak electronic stability control. All-wheel drive is optional.
Exterior Features of the '12 Cadillac CTS Coupe
The coupe's wheelbase is the same as the sedan's, but the roofline is two inches lower, the body is two inches shorter, and the rear track has been widened by two inches compared to the existing sedan, to plant those big tires. The windshield rake angle is much steeper than the sedan's to improve the coupe's aerodynamics. The rear end treatment features a centered dual-exhaust outlet under the bumper that complements all of the other sharp angles on the car. There are no traditional door handles outside or inside; instead, the CTS Coupe uses pushbutton openers.
The Cadillac CTS Coupe comes with leather seating surfaces, dual-zone climate control, OnStar with navigation, directions and connections, 18-inch alloy wheels and P235/50VR18 tires, remote starting, keyless operation, AM/FM/XM /CD/MP3 eight-speaker Bose audio, power seats, mirrors and locks. The CTS Coupe AWD ($40,065) adds all-wheel drive.
The Performance Connection adds HID xenon headlamps, adaptive forward lighting, 10-way power leather seats, Bose 5.1 Surround Sound, USB integration, 40GB hard drive; it's also available with AWD. To that, the Premium Collection and AWD adds interior ambient lighting, rearview camera, heated/vented front seats, heated steering wheel, wood trim, navigation, sunroof.
The CTS-V Coupe features a 6.2-liter supercharged V8, paddle shift controls, Brembo brakes, Magnetic Ride Control, and 19-inch wheels with performance tires.
Coupes are not for everyone, but if your tastes and lifestyle fit fine with a coupe, the Cadillac CTS Coupe is one to look at. Its dynamics, handling and isolation are all very, very good. The level of luxury and the quality of build, fit and finish is very high, and the pure, edgy style of this car is breathtaking. Click here to learn more about the 2012 Cadillac CTS Coupe.