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Old 08-12-14, 07:03 AM   #121
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As much as General Motors has been in the news for getting things wrong of late, Cadillac deserves notice for how much itís been getting right over the past decade, too. From the CTS sedan that kicked off the brandís revival as a world-class marque, to the ATS sedan that helped cement it, and now to the 2015 ATS Coupe.

Rather than a special or exotic addition to the Cadillac brand and ATS family, the Coupe is merely the next logical progression for a company now bent on filling out its model portfolio with a full line of cars for its varied and growing customer base. Fortunately for Cadillac, the ATS Coupe is one hell of an ambassador, despite its low-volume two-door body.

Style First

Sharing the same engines, transmissions, and equipment sets as the upgraded 2015 ATS sedan, the new ATS Coupeís primary differentiation from the four-door is styling, though there are some important under-the-skin differences as well.

At the nose, the most dramatic change is the new Cadillac crest, which does away with the wreath for a cleaner, more modern look. A coupe-specific front end, plus wider fenders front and rear, give a more athletic look. The doors, rear end, roof, and trunk are also obviously unique to the coupe, and while each is well-executed, itís the way the whole design comes together that really cements the excellence of the ATS Coupeís visual presence. The low, wide, flared rear end and fast rear roof/glass profile give a sporty, purposeful demeanor without resorting to the almost caricatured look of the previous generation CTS Coupe.

In person, all of this melds in a way thatís both satisfying and understatedóperhaps the exact right mix of taste and restraint. In every way that matters, the ATS Coupe is the design success for Cadillac that the A5 family was (and still is) for Audi.

The turbocharged four-cylinder in the ATS 2.0T is a brilliant companion, turning out a stout 295 lb-ft of torque, up 14% from last yearís ATS sedan with the same engine. Horsepower remains the same at 272 hp, which is enough to accelerate the coupe with aplomb at nearly any rpm. Peak torque is available from 3,000 rpm to 4,600 rpm, while 90% of peak torque can be tapped from 2,100 rpm to 3,000 rpm.

When fitted with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, the ATS offers 50.6% / 49.4% front / rear weight balance, enhancing the already proven capability of the ATS chassis.

Add to that the widened track, which reduces weight transfer and makes for an even flatter-cornering car without increased ride harshness, and you have a truly fun-to-drive luxury coupe with bona fide rear-drive dynamics. And underpinning it all is the third-generation magneto-rheological dampers GM has brought to bear (in different specification) on the Camaro ZL1 and Corvette Stingray sports cars.

The venerable 3.6-liter V-6 is also available, but its noiseówhile pleasant to a gearheadís earóis more obtrusive and less refined than the four-cylinderís, and not entirely in-character for the ATS. At 321 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, the real-world performance benefit offered isnít significant, especially when the improved weight balance and gas mileage of the four-cylinder is taken into account.

All-wheel drive is available with the ATS Coupe, and while it might be a necessary component for all-weather usage in more northerly climes, itís certainly not a prerequisite for performance; it also doesnít really get in the way of a good drive. While steering feel isnít a revelation in the ATS Coupe, in the rear-drive 2.0T model, itís still very good, communicating the state of the carís front end well.

For the enthusiast with a taste for style and luxury, Cadillac is offering one very attractive combination thatís become increasingly rare at this point in the market: a six-speed manual with rear-wheel drive and the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. Itís an absolute blast to keep the turbo spooled, row the surprisingly slick gearbox, and dance the balanced chassis along a winding stretch of road.

Features & Tech

Cadillacís CUE system, like all of the current major luxury-brand infotainment systems, has had its growing pains. Fortunately, itís much improved over its initial versions, and with the latest additions to Cadillacís arsenal of high-tech goodies, itís truly enticing, even in the face of the brilliant competition from Germany.

New to the list for the 2015 ATS Coupe are available wireless phone charging and a 4G LTE hot spot.

The wireless phone charging area is inside the compartment hidden behind the nav screen; with Bluetooth standard, you can just lay your phone back there, and have a constant connection to your music and apps through CUE, without having to worry about a charging cord or arriving with a dead phone battery.

Cadillacís new 4G LTE hotspot is part of a wider On Star rollout that will soon expand to the rest of GM. Starting with Cadillac, the new high-speed mobile connection will enable much quicker web surfing on the go, though it doesnít yet integrate with the vehicleís own data requests, meaning things like location-based info and weather/traffic/etc. will still have to be pulled through the carís slower 3G connection. Prices for the 4G LTE data connection start as low as $5 per month.

Bottom Lines

Priced to start at just $38,990 in rear-drive form, or $41,440 with all-wheel drive, the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe presents a very attractive figure to a buyer familiar with German price tags. For those familiar with German markups, too, the reasonable package prices also make good sense.

The Luxury package ($3,825 for RWD models, $2,600 for AWD models) adds CUE with an 8Ē color touch screen, a seating and luxury package, front and rear park assist, the wireless charging feature, WiFi hotspot, and more. The Performance package ($3,015 for RWD models, $2,000 for AWD models) adds 18-inch forged polished alloy wheels, illuminating outside door handles, aluminum sport pedals, Bose audio, Driver Awareness Package safety items, cold weather package, and an advanced security package. The Premium package ($2,160 for AWD, $1,110 for RWD) brings with it the navigation system, full color HUD, Magnetic Ride dynamic damping suspension, a limited-slip rear differential, performance summer tires, and more.

All of that means that to extract the most performance from the 2015 ATS Coupe, youíll want to option it all the way up into Premium territory, pushing the bill for a rear-drive model to $48,090. Even at that price, the ATS Coupe slightly undercuts most of the well-optioned competition, while delivering essentially the same look, feel, function, and performanceóand, often, beating them.

The 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe is a car many American buyers wonít consider simply because it lacks two doors for their tastes or needs. But if you should find yourself in the market for a luxury sport coupe, the new ATS Coupe deserves your attention.
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Old 08-18-14, 11:18 AM   #122
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ATS-V slated for Detroit

According to a recent report, Cadillac will introduce the 2015 ATS-V sedan at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Set to battle the BMW M3 and Mercedes C63 AMG, the ATS-V will feature an aggressive front fascia, a revised grille and a ventilated hood. We can also expect a larger spoiler, a rear diffuser and a four-tailpipe exhaust system. While nothing is official, the model will likely be powered by a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces approximately 420 bhp (313 kW).

A few months later, we can expect the CTS-V to bow at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Like its predecessor, it is expected to feature a Corvette ZR1 sourced engine. However, Car & Driver suggests it will be detuned to produce roughly 600 bhp (447 kW).
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V and F out for blood against AMG, M, RS and R ! Let the war continue !
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V and F out for blood against AMG, M, RS and R ! Let the war continue !

While many of us, of course, here on Car Chat and in other car forums, keep up with high-performance car lines like the V, F, AMG, M, R, etc......., among the car-buying public at large, it can really be considered a fairly small, niche group. Most car buyers choose not to spend the extra money for high-performance lines, and even the base versions of many of today's vehicles are considerably more sport-oriented than in the past. And, of course, you have packages like F-Sport and V-Sport and some BMW M-chassis packages for those who want a sportier chassis but not necessarily the top-line engines.
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If this is true, than maybe Lexus should debut the "new IS-F" at LA as well
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While many of us, of course, here on Car Chat and in other car forums, keep up with high-performance car lines like the V, F, AMG, M, R, etc......., among the car-buying public at large, it can really be considered a fairly small, niche group. Most car buyers choose not to spend the extra money for high-performance lines, and even the base versions of many of today's vehicles are considerably more sport-oriented than in the past. And, of course, you have packages like F-Sport and V-Sport and some BMW M-chassis packages for those who want a sportier chassis but not necessarily the top-line engines.
that doesn't make my statement any less true. In fact people are more aware than ever of RS, F, M, AMG, V and R because of S-Line, F-Sport, M-Sport, AMG Sport, Vsport etc.. trims which are attainable. Point being the horsepower wars and quest for automotive supremacy regardless of highline luxury marques or attainable badges is alive more than ever. Win Consumer.
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It would be sweet if they use tuned Stingray small block V8 and 7 speed for ATS-V. 6 cylinder American super sedan? LOL
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that doesn't make my statement any less true. In fact people are more aware than ever of RS, F, M, AMG, V and R because of S-Line, F-Sport, M-Sport, AMG Sport, Vsport etc.. trims which are attainable. Point being the horsepower wars and quest for automotive supremacy regardless of highline luxury marques or attainable badges is alive more than ever. Win Consumer.
OK...perhaps I could have worded my previous post a little better. My point was...even if it is a HP/Torque war, more people are aware of it, and a number of brands get involved, you're still only talking about a relatively small battlefield....not a large theater of combat. Fort example, probably a thousand regular IS models are sold or leased for every IS-F, though the ratio for the F-Sport may be a little higher due to it being extra (or different) hardware rather than an entirely different drivetrain.
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OK...perhaps I could have worded my previous post a little better. My point was...even if it is a HP/Torque war, more people are aware of it, and a number of brands get involved, you're still only talking about a relatively small battlefield....not a large theater of combat. Fort example, probably a thousand regular IS models are sold or leased for every IS-F, though the ratio for the F-Sport may be a little higher due to it being extra (or different) hardware rather than an entirely different drivetrain.
Yes I'm taking about the competition between inhouse performance brands. That in turn though trickles down the line to the slightly more pleblian models, so when a new IS350 F-Sport pulls up to a stop light and there is a 335i M-Sport a senses of pride for your badge, curiousity of the other and perhaps slight tension in the air continues the competition tradition
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OK...perhaps I could have worded my previous post a little better. My point was...even if it is a HP/Torque war, more people are aware of it, and a number of brands get involved, you're still only talking about a relatively small battlefield....not a large theater of combat. Fort example, probably a thousand regular IS models are sold or leased for every IS-F, though the ratio for the F-Sport may be a little higher due to it being extra (or different) hardware rather than an entirely different drivetrain.
But those relatively small volume top performance models are the halo vehicles that make the F-Sport/V-Sport/M-Performance/Audi S/Mercedes upcoming AMG Sport etc more enticing.

I would almost point to Lexus and say that previous L-Tuned, etc didn't succeed because there was never an actual "L" halo type vehicle. F-Sport has fared much much better due to the existence of the actual IS F and then LFA, and now RC F.

It all trickles down exactly as Hoovey describes.
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But those relatively small volume top performance models are the halo vehicles that make the F-Sport/V-Sport/M-Performance/Audi S/Mercedes upcoming AMG Sport etc more enticing.

I would almost point to Lexus and say that previous L-Tuned, etc didn't succeed because there was never an actual "L" halo type vehicle. F-Sport has fared much much better due to the existence of the actual IS F and then LFA, and now RC F.

It all trickles down exactly as Hoovey describes.
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F-Sport has fared much much better due to the existence of the actual IS F and then LFA, and now RC F.
Probably the main reason people buy the F-Sport is that it is less-expensive to buy/run/insure than the full-F, but with more or less the same handling level and admittedly some loss of power. I myself an not particularly attracted to either (as I don't like a stiff-riding chassis), but I can understand the attraction that some people have for it.....those who tend to be somewhat aggressive.
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F-Sport etc. actually can consider a good bargain for cosmetic upgrades and chassis tuning.
You do get a lot for a little premium paid, like the gauge cluster for F Sport IS only. b
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Probably the main reason people buy the F-Sport is that it is less-expensive to buy/run/insure than the full-F, but with more or less the same handling level and admittedly some loss of power. I myself an not particularly attracted to either (as I don't like a stiff-riding chassis), but I can understand the attraction that some people have for it.....those who tend to be somewhat aggressive.
F-Sport sells well for Lexus which is why you're seeing more and more. Our own store probably sells between 30-40% F-Sports vs Non. Do you keep up with the latest phones? It's no different with these sporty car trims. Not sure what 'IN(s)' or 'IT(s)' you had growing up but these aggressive designs, new tech and sport packages are what the masses want and sales reflect that.
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F-Sport etc. actually can consider a good bargain for cosmetic upgrades and chassis tuning.
You do get a lot for a little premium paid, like the gauge cluster for F Sport IS only. b
Well now..

2IS and CT F-Sport were merely cosmetic, maybe a slightly stiffer spring rate and sway bar but that's it. Now tech like moving bezels or AVS/S+, larger brakes etc.. so headed in the right direction
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