Posted on December 13, 2010

Celebrities, VIPs and members of the media attended a launch event to celebrate the launch of the all-new 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe and CTS–V Coupe at Mannai Automotive showroom on Salwa Road.

Mannai Automotive, exclusive Cadillac dealer and distributor in Qatar, unveiled the 2011 CTS Coupe and CTS-V Coupe, the latest and most dramatic of the brand’s series of new designs to reach production. Boasting a competitive QR206,500 starting price, the CTS Coupe is a new luxury sports coupe designed to become the centerpiece of the brand’s enhanced lineup.

“We built on the very successful CTS Sports Sedan, extending its potential in order to develop a compelling new alternative for luxury and performance minded drivers, and created the CTS Coupe and CTS-V Coupe,” said Mohammed Helmy, GM Mannai Automotive Group. “The addition of a Coupe provides an entryway for new consumers to experience the Cadillac Arts & Science philosophy of the brand.”

Inside the CTS-V Coupe, the 2+2 cabin combines performance and luxury. A new Saffron interior trim color is offered, with contrasting microfiber seat inserts and stitching on the upper trim areas. Safety is enhanced via advanced technology rear-view camera system and performance bolstered with a suspension system coupled to rear-wheel and all-wheel drive.

Power for the V-Series Coupe comes from Cadillac’s LSA 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine, rated at 556 horsepower (415 kW) and 551 lb.-ft. of torque (747 Nm). It is the most powerful engine offered in Cadillac’s history and propels the CTS-V Coupe from 0-100 kph in 3.9 seconds.

The LSA engine features an intercooled Eaton supercharger system, premium aluminum-alloy cylinder heads and numerous details designed to ensure it makes its power as quietly and smoothly as possible. The supercharger, for example, has a unique, four-lobe rotor design that enhances quietness while also optimizing the performance parameters of the engine.

Although it draws from its sport sedan sister, the CTS Coupe shares only the instrument panel, console, headlamps, front fenders and grille. Key design features include:

˃     Classic hardtop styling, with no conventional B-pillar

˃     Touch-pad operation for the doors removes the need for conventional door handles, creating a technical, clean profile

˃     A windshield laid at a faster angle (62.3 degrees) and a long, nearly horizontal backglass area combine to create a dramatic profile

˃     Sculpted lower front fascia with unique brake-cooling vents

˃     Rear fascia with mesh lower grilles

˃     Center-outlet exhaust with twin dihedral-shaped tips that pass through the rear fascia

˃     Signature vertical lighting, highlighted with LED light pipes

˃     Rear spoiler integrated into the signature center high-mounted stop lamp

The 2011 CTS-V Coupe combines the new CTS Coupe’s dramatic design with the 556-horsepower (415-kW) supercharged V-8 engine from the CTS-V sedan. The result is a luxury sports coupe aimed at driving enthusiasts. Its suite of technical and performance elements include Magnetic Ride Control, racing-bred Brembo brakes and an available automatic transmission with paddle-shift control.

Unique design features include a grille that doubles the car’s air intake volume, an important enabler for high-performance capabilities. It is also visually identified by a raised center section of the hood that provides clearance for the supercharger, as well as specific front and rear fascias. Like the CTS Coupe, its exhaust is centered inside the rear fascia, but with unique twin outlets. The car rolls on 19-inch cast aluminum wheels, available in either painted or polished finishes, and Michelin Pilot Sport 2 performance tires.

A pair of six-speed transmissions is offered in the CTS-V Coupe: a Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed manual with a dual-disc clutch and a six-speed automatic with paddle-shift control. Performance Algorithm Shifting is part of the 6L90’s programming and provides a performance-oriented shift pattern during sustained high-performance driving. As with many Cadillac models, the driver needs only to slide the shifter into the manual “gate” to put the transmission into that more aggressive mode. The paddle shift control requires no shift lever movement. Steering wheel thumb controls allow immediate and quick tap up/tap down gear selection.

“The CTS Coupe is the new focal point of Cadillac, reinforcing the brand’s leadership with bold designs, dramatic presence and striking detail,” adds Mohammed Helmy. ”The CTS-V Coupe, especially, is a combination of visual and technical attributes designed to create a very compelling choice for luxury sports car consumers.”

For complete 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe and CTS-V Coupe specifications, contact Mannai Automotive on 4455 8877 or visit

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