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The Cadillac ATS has already earned quite a reputation for all-around excellence, and for standing apart from the rest of the sport-sedan set in ways that really count—with solid, balanced performance credentials, a light-and-lean driving demeanor, and a look that’s uniquely American inside and out. Now this year it’s taking its message to the Coupe crowd, with the addition of an 2014 Cadillac ATS Coupe, as well as a fortified 2014 Cadillac ATS-V high-performance version.
In the transition from a Sedan form, the ATS Coupe has earned a more adventurous profile and styling, although it’s a different, more modern and elegant spin on the wedge-like, chiseled look of other recent Cadillac coupes such as the CTS Coupe and new ELR. Compared to the CTS Coupe, the roofline is a bit more formal; yet there’s more of a notchback look than than the ELR. with soft shapes and surfaces, and a beltline that tucks down at the back (compared to the Sedan, the beltline crease and windowline are more than an inch lower above the rear wheels. That also serves a purpose in reducing visual mass, improving visibility, and reduces visual mass, improves visibility, and adds more of a traditional three-box look to counter the ELR. The ATS Coupe will also be the first model with the new Cadillac Crest that will start appearing on all future Cadillac vehicles.
Inside, not much changes in the conversion from Sedan to Coupe, from a design standpoint. Crisp lines and sleek curves meet quality materials in a self-assured, modern environment.
Cadillac boasts that 70 percent of ATS buyers are new to the brand—so mission accomplished for the Sedan in that respect—and we think that styling is one of the key reasons for that.
The 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe will be offered with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine or 3.6-liter V-6. In the ATS Coupe is makes 272 horsepower and more torque than previous Sedan models—295 pound-feet—while the V-6 makes 321 hp and 275 lb-ft. Shifting is provided by a six-speed automatic with manual controls, while the 2.0T can be paired with a six-speed manual.
ATS Coupes also have a wider track than sedans—40 mm wider in back, 20 mm wider in front—and they start with 18-inch instead of 17-inch wheels, staggered in a wider size in back for its handling benefits. As in the Sedans, Magnetic Ride Control is optional. Although we haven’t yet driven the ATS Coupe, we expect the ATS Sedan’s dynamically balanced driving feel and crisp responses to carry over to the Coupes, which have an excellent 50/50 weight distribution with rear-wheel drive, and a wind-cheating 0.29 coefficient of drag.
As for the entire ATS lineup, wood, leather, and metal adorn the interior, with a choice of trims and accents, including optional carbon fiber pieces. Sport bucket seats in the front grip the occupants, especially the upgraded performance seats; space is good in the front, too, with width and depth even for the long-legged. The lower, more tapered roofline of the Coupe certainly will limit back-seat space—and perhaps front headroom—a bit more compared to in the sedans. Dotted around the cabin are numerous small-item storage bins, including one smartly concealed behind the CUE infotainment screen.
The ATS includes a full complement of eight airbags, including front knee air bags, plus an option for rear side air bags. The NHTSA grants the ATSSedan a five-star overall rating, but of course ratings might be different for the Coupe. Safety tech includes an available lane-departure warning system, adaptive cruise control, and a rearview camera. The top Driver Assist package adds Enhanced Side Blind Zone Assist for 2015.
Sedans are expected to carry over with few changes—although the higher-output version of the four-cylinder engine that’s being introduced in the Coupe will follow into the Sedan. The ATS can now also be optioned to include new OnStar 4G LTE embedded data connectivity.
The 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe goes on sale in summer 2014.
- Strong, responsive turbo-four and V-6 engines
- Balanced, crisp handling
- Coupe’s refreshingly different profile
- Smart interior design
- Well-coordinated infotainment, embedded data
- Snug rear seat (especially in Coupes)
- Small trunk
- Sedan’s less distinctive exterior