2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe Road Test 2 Specs | Edmunds

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe - Road Test Specs

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe Coupe

(3.6L V6 6-speed Automatic)


Year Make Model2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe Performance 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
Vehicle TypeRWD two-door, four-passenger coupe
Base MSRP$43,430
Options on test vehicleRadiant Silver Metallic, PDW Performance Luxury Package ($2,440 -- includes Sapele Wood Trim Package: Genuine Sapele wood trim on instrument panel, center console, door panels, steering wheel and shift knob; Luxury Level One Package: theft-deterrent system, rearview camera with LCD display located in the rearview mirror (image relocated to the screen of the navigation system when ordered) and accent lighting with LED spotlight and lighting pipes; Luxury Level Two Package: heated/ventilated front seats, power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with memory, automatic cabin odor filtration and heated steering wheel), UAV Audio System With Navigation ($2,145 -- includes AM/FM radio with CD/DVD player, MP3 playback, Bose 5.1 Cabin surround sound 300-watt 10-speaker system, Radio Data System (RDS), USB and audio connectivity, 40GB hard drive device (HDD), steering wheel controls; HDD-based navigation system with 8-inch pop-up screen and XM NavTraffic/Real Time Weather); Y43 19-Inch Summer Tire Performance Package ($2,090 -- includes steering-wheel-mounted paddle shift controls; 19-by-8.5-inch polished wheels; P245/45ZR19 Y-rated performance summer tires; performance cooling system; performance suspension with rear load-leveling and power speed-sensitive variable assist steering; performance four-wheel antilock, four-wheel disc brake system), CBF Sunroof ($700 -- includes power tilt-to-open-only glass moonroof with power sunshade)
As-tested MSRP$50,805
Assembly locationLansing, Michigan


ConfigurationLongitudinal, front-engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, direct-injected gasoline V6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,564cc (217 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves/cylinder, variable intake and exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)11.3
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,500
Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm)6,950
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)304 @ 6,400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)273 @ 5,200
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic with console shifter and steering-mounted buttons with sport/competition modes
Transmission ratios (x:1)I=4.02; II=2.36; II=1.53; IV=1.15; V=0.85; VI=0.67
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.73


Suspension, frontIndependent double-wishbones, coil springs, monotube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, monotube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeHydraulic-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.1
Tire make and modelContinental ContiSportContact 3
Tire typeAsymmetrical+Directional summer, performance (35 psi cold front; 35 psi cold rear)
Tire size245/45ZR19 98Y
Wheel size19-by-8.5 inches
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front13.5-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with 2-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear13.5-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with 2-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.6
0-45 mph (sec.)4.4
0-60 mph (sec.)6.7
0-75 mph (sec.)9.9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.9 @ 95.0
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.4
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)27
60-0 mph (ft.)106
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)67.0
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON64.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.83
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.82
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.9
@ Full throttle (dB)75.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68.1
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,200

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsCannot overcome rear tire grip for anything close to a launch with optimal tire spin. That said, the engine feels/sounds willing and free-revving. Upshifts occur at +/- 7,000 rpm in either D or DS mode. Fast and smooth shifts. Third gear is exceptionally tall and just enough to cross the quarter-mile finish line. Very consistent collection of runs because there's very little I could do to affect a different outcome.
Braking commentsMedium-firm pedal, little idle stroke and very powerful brakes. Virtually no ABS flutter/buzz with a slight lock-up at the very end. Excellent fade resistance and minimal dive or suspension wind-up.
Handling commentsSkid pad: I expected more grip, especially at the front. The understeer is not the tire-screeching type, but a gradual, quiet sort. Nearly identical times in either direction speaks to the car's excellent balance. Steering loads up early and heavily. Lifting throttle didn't produce yaw, but only muted the understeer. Slalom: Feels heavy and disinclined to change direction rapidly despite its numerically competitive results. Heavy steering, slow yaw response, and more roll than I expected from the FE3 suspension. At the limit, there's not much feel for what's happening beneath, but it's not threatening either. Understeer eventually creeps in and makes the car "late" for the next cone(s). Good, not great handling. Too bad about having to wrestle with the steering wheel. The CTS sedan doesn't feel this uncooperative.

Testing Conditions

Test date6/22/2010
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)70.9
Relative humidity (%)50.0
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.86
Wind (mph, direction)2.1 head/crosswind
Odometer (mi.)2,010
Fuel used for test91 octane
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)35/35

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)18 city/27 highway/ 22 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)16 worst/22 best/18 average (over 939 miles)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18.0
Driving range (mi.)468

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionOptional: AM/FM radio with CD/DVD player, MP3 playback, Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround Sound 300-Watt 10-speaker system, Radio Data System (RDS), USB and audio connectivity, 40GB hard drive device (HDD), steering wheel controls; HDD-based navigation system with 8-inch pop-up screen and XM NavTraffic/Real-Time Weather
iPod/digital media compatibilityOptional iPod via USB jack
Satellite radioOptional XM
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Optional 40GB music storage
Rear seat video and entertainmentNot available
Bluetooth phone connectivityOptional
Navigation systemOptional, Hard Drive with traffic and weather, 8-inch display screen (measured diagonally)
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Standard 12-month trial subscription
Smart entry/StartStandard ignition doors trunk/hatch
Parking aidsStandard rear parking sonar; optional rear back-up camera
Blind-spot detectionNot available
Adaptive cruise controlNot available
Lane-departure monitoringNot available
Collision warning/avoidanceNot available
Night VisionNot available
Driver coaching displayInstantaneous/average mpg to instrument panel

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,909
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,014
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)53/47
Length (in.)188.5
Width (in.)74.1
Height (in.)55.9
Wheelbase (in.)113.4
Track, front (in.)61.8
Track, rear (in.)62.8
Turning circle (ft.)35.9
Legroom, front (in.)42.4
Legroom, rear (in.)35.0
Headroom, front (in.)36.9
Headroom, rear (in.)34.6
Shoulder room, front (in.)56.0
Shoulder room, rear (in.)50.9
Seating capacity4
Trunk volume (cu-ft)10.5
GVWR (lbs.)4,792


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion6 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/100,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance4 years/50,000 miles

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