The 2013 Cadillac CTS Coupe's 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. New for 2013, a remote vehicle starter is now standard, and V-Series models get two-piece brake rotors that are better able to resist warping and improve heat dissipation. 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.
Power and Handling of the '13 CTS Coupe
The CTS Coupe uses a 3.6-liter V6 engine with four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing, and direct fuel injection, about as modern as any other V6 engine on the planet, and it is capable of producing a whopping 1.4 horsepower per cubic inch at engine speeds approaching 7000 rpm, or 304 horsepower from only 217 cubic inches, on regular fuel. The CTS Coupe offers a six-speed automatic transmission. It's also available with an Aisin six-speed manual transmission, which comes with summer performance tires and rear-wheel drive. The Summer Tire Performance Package is also available with the automatic transmission equipped with paddle shifters. Handling of the coupe offers a good, solid V6 engine sound at full throttle, relatively quick upshifts and downshifts from the automatic and its steering-wheel paddles, and a reassuringly buttoned-down feel when it comes to sticking to the asphalt.
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2013 Cadillac CTS Coupe Design
The two-door CTS is around 3 inches shorter than the sedan from bumper to bumper, and it sits 2 inches lower. Most of the differences are behind the front fenders; it's sleeker in profile, and there are no visible door handles on the outside. The coupe seats two in front and two in back (known as 2+2 seating). Leather-trimmed seats are standard. The rear end treatment features a centered dual-exhaust outlet under the bumper that complements all of the other sharp angles on the car. Inside, the CTS Coupe mimics all the other cars in the family with a rich mix of chrome, wood, leather, and in-car electronics and entertainment systems that are on par with any other vehicle in this relatively small class, with navigation, AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio, OnStar, Stablitrak chassis control, and a comprehensive information display. 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.
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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 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.
Safety features include front and side airbags, side air curtain, ABS, traction control, StabiliTrak electronic stability control. All-wheel drive is optional. For more on this model, visit the official Cadillac CTS Coupe website!