Swag Continued, The 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe
For those of you who have been following Gearheads.org, I would like to say two things. Thanks for the support, and do you remember the, “Definition of Swag” Cadillac article? Well in this go round we’re going to look at the CTS’s little brother the ATS.
In the last segment, “Cadillac CTS V-Sport, The Definition of Swag” we talked about how Cadillac was continuing it’s tireless journey of letting everyone know that, “We are here, we are strong, and we ain’t taking shit from nobody!!” Well not in those words exactly, but you get the gist of what I’m saying. Nevertheless, the Cadillac name has been popping up every know, and again with either something really new that we all love, or something even newer, and we’re all like, “Didn’t we just see the new version of that three weeks ago?” Well, if you remember my last statement in the CTS V-Sport and ATS-V piece, I said that if Cadillac can make a better version of the CTS, why not make a hotter version of the ATS? Why not a Coupe even, and so said, so done. (Just so you know, I have no real ties to Cadillac, and what they do, because if I did, I’d really be rich right now!!)
So here we have the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe. It resembles the $75,000 Cadillac ELR, but it has it’s own DNA so to speak. As it stands the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe has been made with the sole purpose of uniting two key words that explain what is truly going with this marvelous car. Power, and Efficiency. Those two key elements are what makes this car such a formidable foe, to the likes of the new BMW 4 Series.
To begin, and keep it basic, the ATS Coupe is Cadillac’s lightest compact coupe/car ever made. It has a near perfect 50/50 weight split, and what makes it better is the drive train. This coupe will be tearing up the roads in either it’s RWD configuration, or it’s AWD set up. Now under the hood of the ATS is a 2.0L, turbocharged, direct injected engine that makes 275Hp, and around 295lb feet of torque to the wheels, and just keep in mind that you can get it in RWD, (The Elegant Drifter), or in AWD, (The Savvy Racer). Ground control comes by the means of those patented, awesome magnetic ride shocks that have been catapulting GM in front of other manufacturers by leaps, and bounds. Add to that, the five link independent rear suspension, and the multi-link, double pivot, MacPhearson strut front end assembly. Completing the suspension, and ground control segment are an ultra sexy set of 18” wheels, and tires that just bring a tear to your eye, because they’re so damn hot.
Moving right along to the interior of the ATS, and man let me tell you it doesn’t disappoint by any means at all! Being that this is Cadillac’s first lightweight coupe that WILL be going after the foreign market, as well as being the White Collar Billy Bad Ass on the block, the interior doesn’t really come with a standard look. You will have the Alcantara Leather, Suede, Aluminum, and Carbon Fiber finishes, but the one thing Cadillac wanted to make available to its customers was, having a true to form bespoke feel to the ATS Coupe. Anyone who wants an ATS Coupe, will be privileged to sit down in front of a screen, and not only choose where the accents go, but what type of feel you want your ATS to have. The Bespoke feature even go as far as channeling the inner Zen of a the driver, and how they want to feel every single time the sit in driver’s seat. To add to that level of bespoke quality, the CUE infotainment system has been upgraded, with better controls, more easy to use features, and a kick ass 12 speaker Bose, surround sound audio system.
To wrap this up, we need to look at the exterior of the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe. Normally most people start with how a car looks first, but then again, if you don’t like the way it looks from jump street, then why would you bother to stick around for the rest? I mean who buys an ugly car because it can go fast? That’s like picking the girl who looks like your aunt Vivian after a bender, because her morals, and virtues are totally pure, and wholesome. Not every time that works fellas. Anyway, the exterior is full of sharp lines, and edges that simply drop off into either smooth curves or blinding LEDs. The front fascia is all business with a bit of a smirk in there that begs the mind to wonder, if this car is really fast, or does it just look that way? Being that this is a 2 door, you would expect that this model would be shorter than the sedan, and you would be wrong in that notion. The coupe rides on the very same 109 inch wheelbase as the sedan, and all of that space is utilized from front to back. Window lines are subtle, and flow effortlessly, from end to end. Besides missing the wide stance of the CTS-V Coupe, the ATS comes in like the before picture of a Cadillac Slim Fast commercial. Skinny, slender, sexy, demure, and all the while nimble as most German cars after they’ve been tinkered with by the aftermarket community.
This ATS Coupe is simply Bad Ass, and there’s no getting around the fact that this car will be hunting for schnitzel pretty damn soon. It’ll only be a matter of time before the ATS Coupe is seen on the Nurburgring putting down some serious lap times, and looking stunning in the process. This ATS Coupe is car that should, and will be taken very seriously. Now let’s just see if Cadillac heard me when I said an ATS Wagon might not be such a bad idea to be had as well. Thanks for reading.