HD Road Test Review – 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe 2.0T Performance



 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe Review

A great luxury sports coupe needs a few critical areas of excellence. In the second page of this article, we show the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe in a 150-photo mega gallery showing the style and sexiness of its two-door shape. Cool LEDs all around, a great stance, proportions to envy — the ATS Coupe has style for days.

In this full review, we’ll cover two other critical successes of the ATS Coupe: Its  cabin luxury and incredibly fun, tactile and playful power and handling. Included are three drive videos.

The outline of this article is: Exterior, Interior, Performance, Pricing and Summary.

DRIVE VIDEO ONE

EXTERIOR

As we touch on in the video reviews, the ATS Coupe seemed very underwhelming, style-wise, when it started hitting the streets a few months ago. Its new nose versus the ATS Sedan seemed oddly mature, and the two-door did not seem to add enough style to justify picking the coupe over the sedan.

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After photographing and admiring the ATS Coupe 2.0T Performance extensively, we have changed our tune. The ATS Coupe is sexy and mature — but ripe and primed for personalization. The things we do like — including the stance, seriously cool LED lighting, the profile, frameless doors and butch tail — outweigh the things we’re not wild about. Blacking out the brightwork and darkening the wheels would be our first step to making a sweet, one-of-a-kind ATS Coupe.

This loaded Performance trim is the top of the range for the 2.0T engine, and its style benefits from the $850 optional 18-inch machined-finish aluminum, big Brembo brakes and a pair of bright central exhausts in back. Majestic Plum paint is a $450 option, and grows on you. We also got a few comments from people at Cars & Coffee asking what the color is called. They loved its shimmery sheen in sunlight, but deep dark tones outside of direct light.

 

 

 

Brake-Torque Launch Video

INTERIOR

The interior of the ATS Coupe Performance really aces its luxury and sporty goals — far better than any Cadillac we’ve ever driven.

The loaded trim level helps, of course, with cut and sewn leather wrapping all over the doors, center console, dashboard and other details. The $1,295 Kona Brown with Black Accents leather pack also ups the luxury and touchabibilty of the wood and hides dramatically.2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe 2.0T Performance 43 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe 2.0T Performance 41 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe 2.0T Performance 46 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe 2.0T Performance 47 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe 2.0T Performance 108

The Performance trim also includes:

— baby-soft leather on its thick steering wheel rim,

— genuine magnesium shift paddles that snick through the gears instantly,

— performance seats with 12-way power-adjustments

— power-adjustable side bolster

— power-adjustable pedals with a sport alloy design

— a manually-extendable seat base squab for awesome under-theigh support

— manually-adjustable tilt/telescoping steering column

 

The wood is open-pore and gorgeous — inviting a touch of its exposed finish. A $1000 CUE upgrade adds navigation, but 4G LTE is standard. It is easy to sign on, and has a strong signal. Same goes for the remote start. LED lighting all over the cabin is delightful, as are the LED light-up door handles outside.

All this stuff is fantastic, and really nails home the luxury feel inside.

But the really amazing thing is what can’t really be listed on the spec sheet. Absolutely perfect driving positions are available in nearly any shape of person or mood. Low and with the steering-wheel right at hand, the ATS Coupe has a BMW-beating confidence for drivers. You can lower the ATS Coupe’s seats to the floor, at least three inches lower than the BMW M235i or 435i. No compromises thanks to the adjustable pedals and wheel reach/rake.

The last huge surprise/delight about the ATS Coupe? Frameless doors (in nearly all cars that have them) usually clonk shut with a rattle and clatter when they’re closed with the window open. Not the ATS Coupe. A hushed and high-quality thunk, even with the glass all the way down. Impressive.

DRIVE VIDEO TWO

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