Cadillac’s latest entry into its battle against BMW aims squarely at the recently introduced 4 Series (previously known as the 3 Series Coupe). The ATS Coupe is less dramatic than the CTS Coupe of a few years ago, but retains the smooth lines and attractive styling of the ATS Sedan. The new coupe also loses the famous Cadillac wreath, opting instead for a revised version of the crest logo. While symbolic, the move represents Cadillac’s commitment to innovative change that has been apparent in its product-line transformation over the past few years.
The ATS Coupe will be available in rear- and all-wheel drive configurations and will offer both the base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 272 horsepower and the 321-hp, 3.6-liter V-6. The four-cylinder gains 35 lb.-ft. of torque over its sedan brother, up to a total of 295 lb.-ft. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard for all coupes, while a six-speed manual option is available for the turbocharged engine. With a smaller starting weight than the sedan, the coupe should be even quicker and more agile – Cadillac predicts a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 5.6 seconds.
Like the sedan, the ATS Coupe boasts Nurburgring tuning and world-class chassis performance. Given the success of the ATS Sedan, expect the coupe to be even more responsive and exciting dynamically. Available Magnetic Ride Control and limited-slip differential add to the sporting intentions of this new model. Matching the “Ultimate Driving Machine” on vehicle dynamics is no small feat and the relentless work by GM engineers has elevated the ATS to that level.
Technology and creature comforts abound in the ATS Coupe as well. LED taillights, Brembo brakes and 18-inch wheels come standard on every model. Leather interiors with aluminum, wood and even carbon fiber trim are available across the model range. Technology options include an 8-inch touch screen with the infamous CUE infotainment system (standard on every trim level except the base model). A 12-speaker Bose audio system is standard on upper trim levels and is available as an option for lower trim levels. Navigation and a heads-up display will round out the interior technology options for the ATS Coupe.
The ATS Coupe is a tasteful adaptation of the already beautiful sedan. Less weight, more torque and better handling all promise to make this coupe a legitimate challenger to its lithe German rivals. Given the success of the sedan, the two-door should provide an even better dynamic experience and put Cadillac into real performance territory.
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