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
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.
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
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.
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