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|2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe Shows Its Clean Two-Door Look at 2014 NAIAS||
Sometimes bold and outrageous doesn’t mean great. That seems to be the goal for the all-new 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe, which has hit the stage at the 2014 North American International Auto Show. Just as the 4-door ATS, the new ATS Coupe will get the same powertrains made available starting with the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and then going to the 3.6-liter V6 (321 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque) and 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder (272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque). The turbo 2.0-liter now offers up 14% more torque and is expected to dash from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds.
As you would naturally think with the introduction of an ATS Coupe, there will be a ATS V-Sport or ATS-V on the horizon probably packing in the same 3.6-liter turbocharged V6 found in the new CTS V-Sport. It is possible with some proper tuning Cadillac could position their performance-injected ATS Coupe against the likings of the new BMW M4 Coupe. Only time will tell, but for now this ATS Coupe looks just about right.
2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe Press Release
Cadillac Introduces 2015 ATS Coupe
– Cadillac’s first compact luxury Coupe, infused with ATS sedan’s agility
– 2.0L Turbo model is segment’s lightest, with increased torque for faster acceleration
– Launching in summer 2014, continuing Cadillac’s ongoing expansion
DETROIT – Cadillac today introduced the all-new 2015 ATS Coupe, a quicker and more personal addition to the award-winning ATS product line. Lighter, more agile and more engaging than its competitors, it extends Cadillac’s product-driven growth and the brand’s tradition of dynamic luxury Coupes.
Cadillac’s first-ever compact luxury Coupe goes on sale this summer, offering drivers the choice of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and the power from a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder or a 3.6L six-cylinder. In all combinations, ATS Coupe takes advantage of its lightweight and strong structure to deliver exhilarating performance with efficiency, with a segment-leading power-to-weight ratio.
“The 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe is a natural step in the brand’s progression, and another distinctive, fun-to-drive and technologically advanced product for a new generation of drivers extending our target groups,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, chief marketing officer, Global Cadillac. “It is an exclusively distinctive American alternative, unique in its class, yet delivering a sporty and sophisticated driving experience rivaling the world’s best.”
Like the sedan, the ATS Coupe’s driving dynamics are rooted in mass efficiency, which helps make it one of Cadillac’s lightest and most agile models ever – and the lightest car in the compact luxury Coupe segment. In fact, the 2.0L Turbo engine is upgraded from the current ATS sport sedan to deliver nearly 14 percent more torque for 2015, taking it to 295 lb-ft (400 Nm). This gives the standard ATS Coupe an advantage in power and weight over similarly equipped Coupes such as the BMW 428i.
Greater torque means greater pulling power, for a greater feeling of responsiveness at low speeds, and helps the ATS Coupe achieve an estimated 0-60 time of 5.6 seconds.
“More power with less weight is always a better combination for performance, and the ATS Coupe offers one of the best power-to-weight ratios in the segment, making it feel lighter, more direct and responsive,” said David Leone, Cadillac executive chief engineer. “Engineers vetted the ATS’s performance on the track and the Coupe benefits from that exhaustive validation – all matched with Cadillac’s trademark refinement.”
Elements that contribute to the ATS Coupe’s balanced performance and responsive characteristics include:
– Nearly perfect 50/50 weight balance and low center of gravity
– Five-link independent rear suspension featuring lightweight, high-strength steel and efficient straight link designs
– A multi-link double-pivot MacPherson-strut front suspension with direct-acting stabilizer bar
– Underbody aerodynamic shields
– Premium, belt-driven electric variable-effort steering gear from ZF Steering Systems
– Brembo front brakes
– Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels
– Available all-wheel drive.
A driver-adjustable FE3 sport suspension is available and includes Magnetic Ride Control, a mechanical limited-slip differential, high-capacity engine cooling system and 18-inch summer-performance tires. Magnetic Ride Control is a real-time damping system that delivers more precise body motion control. It “reads” the road and can change damping every millisecond.
The 2015 ATS Coupe rides on the same 109.3-inch (2,775 mm) wheelbase as the sedan, but features its own bodywork. The roof, doors, rear fenders and trunk lid are unique to the Coupe, along with a specific front fascia and front fenders that accommodate a wider track than the sedan. It is also the first production model to wear Cadillac’s revised crest.
The Coupe also has an aggressive stance, with wider front/rear tracks than the sedan, enhanced by short overhangs and sheet metal that wrapping tautly around the tires. Standard 18-inch wheels are exclusive to the Coupe.
Bold lighting elements are a Cadillac signature feature and the ATS Coupe advances that tradition with available LED headlamps with Adaptive Forward Lighting. Base models feature projector-beam headlamps, while high-intensity-discharge headlamps and front vertical LED light signatures are included on all collections above the standard model. Illuminating outside door handles on Performance and Premium collections lend technologically advanced style and function to the distinctive Coupe. All models feature LED technology for the taillamps and rear-center stop lamp.
The ATS Coupe also includes capless fueling.
Inside, the sedan’s driver-focused cabin carries over to the Coupe, featuring handcrafted cut-and-sewn upholstered interior combinations, decorative stitching and authentic materials, including leather, aluminum, carbon fiber and wood, which enhance the emotional connection to the driving experience.
Choices of many interior color themes, each with unique accent trim materials, cover a wide range – from light, open and warm to dark and serious, and bold technical and sporty.
Available interior features include:
– OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with built-in WiFi hotspot
– Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity with natural voice recognition
– Text-to-voice converts incoming text messages to speech and reads them over the audio system speakers
– USB, auxiliary and SD memory card ports
– SiriusXM Satellite Radio with three-month trial subscription
– Reconfigurable 5.7-inch, three-window instrument panel cluster display
– Full-color reconfigurable head-up display.
A Bose ® premium audio system with Active Noise Cancelation technology is standard on all models and includes electronic sound enhancement on models equipped with the available premium surround sound audio system. Exclusive to ATS Coupe and differing from other manufacturers’ system that pipe recorded engine sounds through the audio system, Cadillac’s system enhances only the car’s authentic powertrain sounds to enhance the performance experience.
The 12-speaker surround sound upgrade is available on Standard and Luxury, and it is included with Performance and Premium collections. It includes Bose Audio Pilot, which continuously monitors ambient sounds and adjusts the music volume and program content to optimize the listening experience
Additionally, a navigation system is also available on Luxury and Performance collections, and it is standard with the Premium Collection.
Enhanced Cadillac CUE leads technologies
Cadillac CUE is the centerpiece of the ATS Coupe’s comprehensive collection of technologies designed to enhance the driving experience and complement customers’ increasingly connected lifestyles. It is available on base models and standard on Luxury, Performance and Premium collections, with enhanced connectivity and convenience for 2015, including a new Text-to-Voice feature for smartphone users with Bluetooth profile (M.A.P.) and Siri Eyes Free for iPhone iOS 6 and iOS 7 users enhance connectivity and convenience. Each enables voice-controlled connectivity – and helps keep phones in pockets and hands on the wheel.
The heart of CUE is the eight-inch LCD multi-touch sensitive screen, integrated into the top of the central instrument panel and featuring a motorized, fully capacitive faceplate at the bottom concealing a 1.8L storage area. CUE’s vibrant LCD screen resembles a smartphone’s screen, with large, easy-to-target icons to execute commands.
Complementing CUE is OnStar 4G LTE connectivity, featuring a new built-in WiFi hotspot that can connect up to seven devices at once. The new 4G LTE connection can also be used to power CUE Collection, a new in-car app marketplace coming to Cadillac vehicles this year.
Additional technologies that make life with the ATS Coupe more convenient include the capability of remotely starting the engine or lowering the windows with the key fob or the owner’s smartphone. EZ Key passive entry and push-button starting is standard, too, so the key never needs to leave the driver’s pocket or purse.
The engine lineup includes a standard 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder and available 3.6L V-6. The award-winning 2.0L Turbo is rated at 272 horsepower (203 kW) and 295 lb-ft of torque (400 Nm). The award-winning 3.6L V-6 is rated at 321 horsepower (239 kW) and 275 lb-ft of torque (373 Nm).
At 136hp/L, the 2.0L Turbo is one of the most power-dense engines in the industry, topping engines from European competitors. It also delivers 90 percent of its peak torque from 2100 rpm to 5400 rpm and the full 295 lb-ft of peak torque (400 Nm) from 3000 to 4600 rpm. The broad torque band is supported by boost levels as high as 18 psi (1.26 bar) in the speed range, which is designed to give the lightweight ATS Coupe an exhilarating feeling of immediate power on demand.
Both engines feature direct injection and dual overhead camshafts with continuously variable valve timing, which help optimize power and efficiency, as well as reduce emissions. And each is matched with the Hydra-Matic 6L45 six-speed automatic transmission with tap-shift control. A six-speed manual is also available with the 2.0L Turbo.
Advanced safety features
ATS Coupe provides the same safety technologies that earned the sedan NHTSA 5-Star all-around and overall crash safety ratings – the highest available.
Additionally, Cadillac provides available advanced safety based on Cadillac’s “control and alert” strategy, which employs up to two cameras, eight ultrasonic sensors and six radar signals to help prevent crashes. The safety features bolster driver vision and awareness of road hazards, and can even assist to help the driver avert potential crashes. In certain situations, Cadillac’s advanced crash-avoidance systems, such as automatic braking, can pre-fill and automatically apply braking in response to potential hazards.
Among the most sophisticated of the features is Fr ont and Rear Automatic Braking . It relies on radar, camera and ultrasonic technology to help the driver prevent front and rear low-speed collisions via a progression of alerts that extend to complete braking, if necessary.
Many of the advanced safety features are bundled in the Driver Awareness and Driver Assist Packages. The Driver Awareness package is available on Luxury and included in Performance and Premium Collections. It includes:
– Safety Alert Seat
– Forward Collision Alert
– Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist – new to Cadillac for 2015
– Intellibeam ® high-beam control
– Front and rear park assist
– Rear-vision camera with dynamic guidelines.
The Driver Assist package is available on Performance and Premium collections and includes all of the Driver Awareness package content, plus:
– Full-Speed Range Adaptive Cruise Control
– Automatic Collision Preparation
– Motorized safety belts – new to Cadillac for 2015
– Electronic Park Brake
– Front and Rear Automatic Braking
– Enhanced Side Blind Zone Alert – new to Cadillac for 2015
– Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
– Full-color head-up display.
The advanced technologies complement other ATS safety features, including eight standard air bags, safety belt pretensioners and load limiters, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with full-function traction control and four-wheel disc brakes with four-channel ABS, patented rotor coating protection and auto-dry functionality .
Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. In recent years, Cadillac has engineered a historic renaissance led by artful engineering and advanced technology. More information on Cadillac can be found at media.cadillac.com .
2015 CADILLAC ATS COUPE PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS
Model: Cadillac ATS Coupe Body style / driveline: 2-door luxury sport luxury sedan, RWD or AWD Construction: unitized welded steel body with direct-mounted front cradle and rubber-isolated, multi-link independent rear suspension GM vehicle class: compact luxury car
2.0L Turbo DI VVT 3.6L V-6 DI VVT Displacement (cu in / cc): 122 / 1998 217 / 3564 Bore & stroke (in / mm): 3.39 x 3.39 / 86 x 86 3.7 x 3.37 / 94 x 85.6 Block material: cast aluminum cast aluminum Cylinder head material: cast aluminum cast aluminum Valvetrain: DOHC, four-valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing DOHC, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing Fuel delivery: direct high-pressure fuel injection direct high-pressure fuel injection Compression ratio: 9.5:1 11.5:1 Horsepower
(hp / kW @ rpm):
272 / 203 @ 5500 (SAE certified) 321 / 239 @ 6800 (SAE certified) Torque
(lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):
295 / 400 @ 3000-4600 (SAE certified) 275 / 373 @ 4800 (SAE certified) Recommended fuel: premium recommended but not required regular unleaded or E85 Maximum engine speed (rpm): 7000 7200 Cadillac-estimated fuel economy (city / hwy): 21 / 31 19 / 28
TREMEC TR3160 Hydra-Matic 6L45 Type: fully synchronized six-speed manual with single overdrive six-speed, electronically controlled, automatic overdrive with torque converter clutch Gear ratios (:1): First: 4.12 4.06 Second: 2.62 2.37 Third: 1.81 1.55 Fourth: 1.30 1.16 Fifth: 1.00 0.85 Sixth: 0.80 0.67 Reverse: 3.75 3.20 Final drive ratio: 3.27 3.27
Chassis / Suspension
Configuration: rear-wheel drive Differential: open (FE2); mechanical limited-slip (FE3) Front suspension: FE2: MacPherson-type with dual lower ball joints, twin-tube struts and direct-acting stabilizer bar
FE3: Magnetic Ride Control with monotube inverted struts
Rear suspension: FE2: independent five-link with twin-tube shock absorbers
FE3: Magnetic Ride Control with monotube shocks
Steering type: ZF rack-mounted electric, power-assisted and variable assist Steering ratio: FE2: 16.8:1
Steering turns, lock to lock: FE2: 3.16
Turn circle (ft / m): FE2 RWD: 36.38 / 11.09
FE3 RWD: 35.99 / 10.97
FE2 AWD: 38.05 / 11.60
Chassis control: four-channel StabiliTrak w/ brake assist and traction control
Wheels and Tires
Wheel size and type: 18 x 8-inch aluminum (machined-face)
18 x 8-inch aluminum (polished)
18 x 9-inch aluminum (FE3 rear)
Tire size: 225/40R18 92V run-flat all-season
225/40R18 88W / 255/35R18 90W run-flat summer-only
Type: four-wheel disc with sliding calipers on base; four-channel ABS/TCS w/ DRP; Brembo brakes with fixed calipers on Luxury, Performance and Premium collections 18 x 9-inch aluminum (FE3 rear) Rotor type and thickness (in / mm): standard front: 11.8 x 1.02 (300 x 26) vented, with Ferritic Nitro Carburized process for corrosion resistance
standard rear: 12.4 x 0.90 (315 x 23) vented, with Ferritic Nitro Carburized process for corrosion resistance
uplevel front: 12.6 x 1.18 (321 x 30) vented, with Ferritic Nitro Carburized process for corrosion resistance
uplevel rear: 12.4 x 0.90 (315 x 23) vented, with Ferritic Nitro Carburized process for corrosion resistance
Wheelbase (in / mm): 109.3 / 2775 Length (in / mm): 183.6 / 4663 Height (in / mm): 54.8 / 1392 (roof)
55.1 / 1399 (with antenna)
Width (in / mm): 72.5 / 1841 Track (in / mm): front: 60.3 / 1532
rear: 61.7 / 1568
Curb weight (lb / kg): 3418 / 1550 Weight distribution
(% front / rear):
51 / 49
Legroom (in / mm): front: 42.3 / 1074
rear: 33.5 / 850
Headroom (in / mm): front: 37.6 / 954
rear: 35.1 / 891
Shoulder room (in / mm): front: 54.1 / 1375
rear: 51.1 / 1298
Hip room (in / mm): front: 54.1 / 1374
rear: 44.5 / 1131
(front / rear):
2 / 2 EPA passenger volume
(cu ft / L):
83.9 / 2377 EPA trunk volume
(cu ft / L):
10.4 / 295 Trailer towing maximum
(lb / kg):
1000 / 454 (3.6L) Fuel tank (gal / L): 16 / 60.5 Engine oil (qt / L): 2.0L RWD: 5 / 4.7 (RWD)
2.0L AWD : 6 / 5.7 (AWD)
3.6L: 6 / 5.7
Cooling system (qt / L): 8.1 / 7.7 (2.0L) 11 / 10.4 (3.6L)
Note: Information shown is current at time of publication.
|2014 Cadillac ATS 3.6L Premium Test Drive – Enthusiast Perspectives||
Entering into its second year, the new 2014 Cadillac ATS has maintained its award-winning formula being a basis to help launch the General Motors luxury brand to disturb its German competition. Being an outright and forceful competitor in the compact sports luxury segment, the new Cadillac ATS has turned many heads for all of the right reasons due in part to 3 engine choices, agreeable looks, luxurious amenities and a surprising performance pedigree in its turbo and V6 powertrains.
For the 2014 model year the Cadillac ATS remains mostly the same with the exception of a larger diameter steering wheel on automatic transmission models with paddle shifters, a new auto-highbeam headlight feature added to the set of Driver Awareness packages and a 110-volt power outlet for navigation-equipped models.
After taking the luxury automotive market by storm receiving many accolades and awards during its conception in 2012, including the 2012 North American Car of the Year award, Cadillac continues to build upon a well-oiled principle trickling down many of the ATS’ energizing characteristics into the rest of brand’s lineup.
Interestingly enough, some of the long-touted elements that have placed the BMW 3 Series on a pedestal for many years have somehow found their way in the new Cadillac ATS with a unique American flare. Many elements from award-winning compact luxury sedans over many have been emphasized in the Cadillac ATS collimating a wide array of highly sought-after features, driving characteristics, overall performance and luxury comfort. Basically, the new Cadillac ATS exudes the impression of a compact sports luxury sedan that was conceived decades ago instead of being in the niche for just 2 years.
My review of the new 2014 Cadillac ATS put me behind the wheel of the V6 model featuring General Motor’s 3.6-liter V6 engine outputting 321 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 274 ft. lbs. of torque at 4,800 rpm. Directing power to the rear wheels is a 6-speed automatic transmission, which in my ATS 3.6L Premium trimmed test vehicle included steering wheel-mounted shift paddles. The versatility of the new ATS, available with all-wheel-drive for the 2.0-liter turbo and V6 engines and a manual transmission made available for the 2.0 turbo only, makes it a worthwhile rival for its long-standing competition. In the V6-powered rear-wheel-drive 6-speed automatic transmission configuration for my test vehicle, the ATS proves its willingness to be quite the sporty and fun-to-drive vehicle.
The 3.6-liter V6 engine is robust and has a smooth power delivery all the way up to red line. At the expense of over 300 horsepower the ATS 3.6 gets an estimated 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg highway. I was able to average about 24 mpg during my time but saw a steady 28.4 mpg on the highway and 19.5 mpg around town. Power comes on strong low in the rpm band and builds with no abrupt surprises within the transmission’s adeptness. However, the 6-speed transmission does adapt to your driving, mostly noticeably when the vehicle is in Sport mode as opposed to the default Touring mode. While in sport mode the 6-speed automatic transmission is apt to perform early rev-matched downshifts when it detects spirited driving through what is technically descried as PAL (Performance Algorithm Liftfoot). Additionally, lower gears are held longer in such cases while in Sport mode, emulating a track-driving experience. The system works seamlessly without too much miss-guided gear-guessing or unwanted gear selections for the current driving style.
These driver select modes, 3 in all (Touring, Sport and Snow/Ice), also adapt the magnetic ride control suspension system where the prided magneto-rheological shocks are set in either an adaptive touring ride or firm and sporty ride setting. In Touring mode the shocks adapt well to smooth road surfaces helping to keep the body stable but without any unwanted harshness going over bumps or uneven surfaces. Sport mode is a steep depart from touring as the dampers firm up nicely almost to a point where there is a nearly-harsh reverberating bounce when cruising at just about any speed. Sport mode is definitely desirable for a track time but those who enjoy spirited driving around town are surely to find pleasure in the advanced responsiveness in the ATS’ chassis dynamics. In all, the experience is remarkable and the over-all ride quality is among the best in the business only giving away to the larger 18-inch wheels and firm summer-performance run-flat tires found on my test vehicle. The run-flat performance tires are prone to diminishing smoothness but prove to be quite beneficial for freeing up vehicle weight by not needing to tote around a spare tire in the trunk.
With all aspects of the adjustable magnetic dampers, adaptive yet quick-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission banging through all forward cogs, and throaty V6 engine running right to red line for shifts, the ATS is an excellent competitor in the performance arena. 0-60 mph comes in around 5.7 seconds and braking is strong coming to a stop from 60 mph in about 108 feet thanks to the sticky summer performance tires and Brembo brakes biting down on big rotors up front. The adaptation of traction and stability control is also enthusiast-minded as a competitive mode allows the rear end to hang out a bit longer before stability control softly intervenes. Simply disabling all systems shows that the ATS 3.6 isn’t shy about performing lively burnouts while eloquent drifts are possible with its near 50/50 weight distribution.
During my week with the new 2014 Cadillac ATS 3.6L Premium I was fortunate enough to experience the vehicle on a closed parking lot to really put it to the test on some hard lateral excursions with heavy braking and acceleration to the top end of 3rd gear. Even tough most purists would prefer a manual transmission in such a vehicle like the ATS, which can only be had in the 2.0-liter turbo version, I took delight in the 6-speed auto’s manual shifting mode’s true abilities. To my surprise the auto box allows you to rev-match downshift without many constraints. Basically, at the threshold of a previous gear’s limit the transmission will allow you downshift even though the rpm lands near redline. This proves to be advantageous in preparation for a turn or apex during tracking sessions. Additionally, the 6-speed automatic hardly ever overrides up or down shifting. The system will allow you to bounce off of the rev limiter and hold a low-rpm higher gear under full throttle. The programming of the new Cadillac ATS’ ECU is certainly enthusiast-minded.
Aside from the new Cadillac ATS’ performance and road-going attributes, the interior remains to be an extension of its capabilities on asphalt. The fit and finish of the new ATS’ interior is well thought out. The only pitfall of the ATS’ interior is CUE, Cadillac User Experience infotainment system. The system’s initial perception is good but diving deep into some of the menu sets and functions prove to find its faults as some of the screens react a bit slow. Although, the system is never too slow to the point of frustration but it can be distracting to a driver who’s focus may be taken away for a second or two from the road. The use of swipe, pinch and zoom functions, much like that of operating an iPad, prove to be more of a nice novelty than something as fluid as on an iPad or iPhone’s screen. Of course with the high-gloss finish of the screen’s glass, fingerprints collect in abundance requiring frequent cleaning.
The seats in the new Cadillac ATS provide good lateral support and comfort with a vast amount of adjustability forward and backward. With the immense front seat adjustability it makes it easy for those over 6 feet tall to find the optimal driving or sitting position up front. The back seats, however, are rather small and are not welcoming for tall adults as legroom and knee room is short. Trunk space is somewhat smallish too with only 10.2 cubic feet. Nevertheless, on Luxury and Premium trim levels of the ATS you get 60/40 split-folding rear seat backs to open up the cargo space for large objects.
Several luxury amenities are available on the new 2014 Cadillac ATS, which were standard on my top-of-the-line ATS 3.6L Premium Collection, such as rear cross traffic alert, front collision alert, cold weather package with driver/front passenger heated seats and a heated steering wheel, driver awareness package (vibrating driving seat to alert driver of lane departure, rear/front sonar, front collision warning), color heads-up display, CUE entertainment system with 8-inch color touch screen, HID headlights w/auto highbeam and adaptive forward lighting, auto-dry ABS brakes (Brembo up front), daytime running vertical LED accent lighting, remote start, push-button start, EZ passive entry system, Bose surround sound audio system, leather seats, dual-zone climate control and rain-sensing wipers.
The 2014 Cadillac ATS remains to stay competitive in its segment where it has a starting price of just $33,990. My loaded up 2014 Cadillac ATS 3.6L Premium Collection comes to an as-tested price of $49,115 including a $925 destination charge, placing it in an excellent position to keep its competition near the top of the shopping list for those seeking a compact luxury sports sedan with a consistent performance edge.
Copyright: 2013 AutomotiveAddicts.com
- Price: Base ATS 2.5 $33,990/As-Tested ATS 3.6L Premium Collection $49,115 including $925 destination charge
- Engine: 3.6-liter Direct-Injection DOHC V6 321 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm / 275 ft-lbs. torque @ 4,800 rpm
- Turning circle: 36 ft.
- Length: 182.8 inches
- Height: 55.9 inches
- Width: 71.1 inches
- Track: f/r-59.5/60.9 inches
- Legroom: f/r-42.5/33.5 inches
- Headroom: f/r-38.6/36.8 inches
- EPA passenger volume: 101.3 cu.ft.
- EPA trunk volume: 10.4 cu.ft.
- Trailer towing maximum: 1,000 pounds
- 0-60 mph: 5.7 seconds
- Fuel tank: 16 gallons
- EPA fuel mileage: 18/city, 28/highway
|2013 Cadillac ATS 2.0 Turbo Premium Review & Test Drive||
The all-new 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sport sedan is Cadillac’s challenge of superiority in the world’s most significant luxury car segment. Developed on an all-new, lightweight rear-drive architecture, the ATS reflects a new expression of Cadillac’s Art & Science execution philosophy, centered on a foundation of superb driving dynamics and mass efficiency. It is the most agile and lightweight Cadillac, with one of the lowest curb weights in the segment-less than 3,400 pounds. This new Cadillac combines the highest state of luxury, innovative high-technology and safety systems with superb high-performance dynamics.
The ATS’s superb attributes starts with the unique styling. It interprets Cadillac’s Art & Science design language in a new proportion, tailoring the signature styling and refinement cues for the most compact Cadillac while upholding-and-advancing the exemplary attention to detail and technological elements for which the Cadillac brand is now known. A long 109.3 inch wheelbase and wide 59.9-front/60.9 inch-rear tracks are the cornerstones of the ATS’s firmly planted stance, which is enhanced further with short overhangs and taut sheet metal that appears to wrap tightly around the Premium’s 18X8 inch front and 18X9 inch rear wheels and tires.
Bold vertical light elements-HID headlamps with Adaptive Forward Lighting including new LED front signature lighting detail-as well as LED door handles and active grille shutters lend technologically advanced style and function to the ATS. The grille shutters close at highway speeds to reduce aerodynamic drag and enhance fuel economy. The front fascia of the all-new ATS is highlighted with the signature Cadillac grille now with midnight chrome accents. Down below is a wide air-intake for the turbo’s intercooler surrounded by a chrome strip which also features a spoiler and flat bottom plate to keep the front well planted at high speeds. The silhouette shows steeply raked windshield A-pillars, flared fenders, aerodynamically styled side mirrors, pull-out door handles, swept-back B-pillars, narrow windows surrounded by a thick chrome strip, a scallop at the bottom of the doors, deep side extensions and a flat roof with a fastback styled rear window. At the rear are large vertical LED taillights, V-shaped spoiler at the end of the trunk lid, the Cadillac wreath just below, and a chrome strip with Cadillac stenciled at the right side. Below the rear bumper is a diffuser to manage rear airflow and two polished stainless steel exhaust tips. It is a look that is modern, aggressive and luxurious as only Cadillac can deliver. Keeping the aerodynamic drag to a superb 0.299 are underbody aerodynamic shields that help smooth airflow.
Motivating the all-new ATS are three engines starting with a standard 2.5 liter four-cylinder making 202hp and 191lb.ft. of torque, a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder and the 3.6 liter V6 making 321hp and 275lb.ft. of torque that is available only for North America.
I tested the ATS with the potent 2.0 liter turbocharged/intercooled four-cylinder engine that features an aluminum block and heads, DOHC’s with continuously variable timing, and direct high-pressure fuel injection. This high-tech powerplant generates a healthy 272hp at 5,500rpm and 260lb.ft. of torque at just 1,700-5,500rpm. It is smooth, high-revving and very quiet. When pushed the exhaust note going through the large dual exhaust system emanates a loud growl. At 136hp per liter, the new 2.0 liter is one of the most power-dense engines in the industry, topping engines from European competitors. All of the engines are mated to six-speed transmissions, including the Hydra-Matic 6L45 automatic with tap-shift and paddle shifters available on the 2.0 liter turbo and 3.6 liter engines. A smooth-shifting six-speed manual transmission is also available with the turbo engine when you want to be a closer part of the powertrain. I tested the automatic with up/down tap-shift on the leather-wrapped stick, and magnesium paddle shifters on the steering wheel. It was great fun shifting so quickly and precisely with either of the modes. The paddle shifters are large so it is always within your fingertips to upshift or downshift. Keeping the automatic in Drive also shifts fast and precisely when your speed reaches the electronically controlled speed needed to upshift. The 2.0 liter turbocharged engine pushes the new ATS to 60 mph from a standstill in just 5.7 sec.
Proportion and balance are on the ATS’s side, with a low curb weight of just 3,373 pounds and power-dense powertrains that are also highlighted to achieve 50/50 weight distribution and a great power-to-weight ratio. They complement wide front and rear tracks-59.5 front and 60.9 inch rear-for a lower center of gravity that promotes great stability and a neutral feel when attaching curving roads. Putting it through its paces it feels lighter than the stated curb weight. Furthermore, low vehicle mass and optimal brake sizes are expected to give the ATS braking performance that is among the best in the segment, with Brembo brakes fitted to the 2.0 liter turbo and 3.6 liter engine, the ATS stops from 60mph to 0 in about 129 feet.
The real fun of piloting the all-new ATS is the incredible suspension system that hugs the road, turns as if you are at the side of a wall and smoothes out the bumps when traveling over poorly paved roads. The suspension and steering systems work together to give you a feeling that you are at the wheel of a real racecar because it is so responsive with just a slight tug of the leather-wrapped sporty steering wheel.
Up front, a multi-link MacPherson strut suspension setup uses a double-pivot design for a more precise feeling of control, including more linear communicative steering and a smoother ride. It also improves impact isolation on bumps and rough surfaces. The double-pivot system incorporates a pair of ball joints and lower control links that replace a conventional wishbone at each wheel. The optimal balance of ride and handling is achieved via a suspension geometry that decouples road inputs by integrating a soft fore/aft ‘ride link’ that provides greater isolation from impacts and a stiff, laterally positioned ‘handling link’ for more direct steering feel and quicker lateral response. The control arms, the spindle and the body form an effective four-bar link for each side of the front suspension, creating virtual pivot points for reduced spindle length, significantly reducing steering wheel feedback due to wheel impacts and imbalance. There is also a direct-acting stabilizer bar. The front suspension’s design also enables a short spindle and positive-offset steering geometry for optimal steering control, excellent straight-line stability and a more refined ride. High-durometer rubber and hydraulic bushings are used with the front suspension for an excellent balance of ride comfort and precise response when cornering. Luxury and performance taken to the next level!
At the rear of the ATS is the first five-link independent in a Cadillac. It’s design that helps reduce roll center motion, enables positive lateral control, reduces ‘squat’ during acceleration and promotes excellent dynamic stability. In short it helps keep the tires planted on all surfaces and during all hard-cornering maneuvers. Four handling links (upper and lower control arms) are used at each side to control wheel motion and a toe link at each wheel provides additional horizontal control-particularly during hard cornering. The upper and lower links create an effective double-wishbone design, although the links are mounted independently. As with the front suspension, the five-link design creates virtual pivot points that the ATS’s engineers used for geometry optimization. The stiff links are mounted on a cradle that contributes to a smooth, quieter and more isolated ride. The cradle is made of steel (with hydroformed side rails) to help optimized the car’s structural stiffness and mass. Germany’s famed Nurburgring served as one of the key testing grounds, along with additional roads, race tracks and laboratories around the world where ATS engineers tested and balanced the performance with Cadillac’s trademark refinement. Enhancing the ride and handling of the ATS turbo are 18X8 inch front and 18X9 inch machined alloy wheels wrapped with Bridgestone 225/40R18 inch front and 255/35R18 inch rear Potenza REO5A super-high-performance run flat tires for superb grip and a smooth, quiet ride.
The 2.0 liter turbo comes with the FE3 Sport Suspension with a mechanical limited-slip differential standard that is not matched by all other competitors and gives the ATS turbo an edge when it comes to ensuring all of the powertrain’s torque is applied to the tires during hard cornering. It is houses in a robust 8.6 inch carrier.
Further supporting the ATS’s new and unique suspension designs are advanced damping, steering and braking systems including Magnetic Ride Control, which is the heart of the FE3 Sport Suspension package, the above mentioned limited-slip differential and a high-capacity cooling system. MRC is a real-time damping system that delivers more precise body motion control. It ‘reads’ the road every millisecond and can change damping forces in only five milliseconds. You can manually change the damping settings from Touring/Sport/Snow but pushing a button on the center console next to the Traction Control On/Off button. Changing the setting from Touring to Sport or visa-versa, adjusts the intervention of the StabiTrak and traction Control systems.
All ATS models come with a premium electric, variable-assist power steering gear from world-famous ZF Steering Systems. This system is designed to deliver excellent response and on-center characteristics, while also saving fuel because engine power isn’t directly required to assist gear movement-as is the case with conventional hydraulic systems. The steering gear has a great torsional stiffness and lower operating friction, which enables the steering feel with almost perfect linear response. Additionally, the steering column and intermediate shaft feature stiff, direct-acting and low-friction ball bearing designs. That means there is almost no ‘lash’ in the entire steering system for a more immediate and connected-to-the-road feel in your hands. Further enhancing the steering feel and front turn-in is the three-piece strut tower brace found in front of the engine.
Cadillac uses their own high-tech innovations for the powertrain and suspension then uses technology and innovation from the world’s great aftermarket companies. That also includes the superior braking system found on the turbo that I tested. Four-wheel power-assisted steel disc brakes give the ATS great braking power as they use Brembo four-piston calipers to clamp on the 12.6 inch vented discs up front. The rear 12.4 inch vented discs are clamps with GM single-piston calipers. The braking system also includes ABS, BA, an auto dry system, and a Ferritic Nitro Carburized process for corrosion resistance.
While the innovations and engineering under the skin are competitive with the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4, Mercedes C-Class and Lexus IS class, it is the interior that really separates the all-new Cadillac ATS from its aforementioned competitors.
All four doors open wide to reveal a sumptuous and luxurious cabin with several sporty cues to give the all-new ATS a one-of-a-kind sport oriented interior. The driver-focused interior features integrated technology and crafted materials that complements and supports the ATS’s driving experience. Everything from the placement of the aluminum/rubber foot pedals, the tilt/telescoping sport steering wheel and the position of the shifter knob is designed for effortless and intuitive performance driving. The leather-trimmed performance front bucket seats are 12-way power-adjustable with power-adjustable side bolsters to optimize lateral support during high-load cornering with 10-way power-adjustable front passenger seat. Further contributing to the interior’s intuitive feel is an instrument panel that wraps into the doors and a center stack in the mid-instrument panel that flows into the center console. LED lighting for the bold gauge cluster enables clear, at-a-glance viewing in all lighting conditions, while ambient lighting accents functional elements of the console and door. The ‘head’s-up’ display has four different screens for your viewing pleasure as you never have to take your eyes off the road to view important driver information. Real wood, metal plating and carbon fiber trim and Cadillac’s cut-and-sewn instrument panel, console and doors enhance the emotional connection to the ATS. Standard features on the Premium Collection ATS that I tested not mentioned above include Bluetooth phone connectivity with voice recognition, USB, auxiliary and SD memory card ports, Sirius XM satellite radio, keyless access and keyless push button start/stop, Bose Premium Surround Audio system with 10-Bose speakers, reconfigurable 5.7 inch instrument panel cluster display/trip computer, an 8-inch full-color touch display with navigation, dual-zone climate control with air filtration, dual map lights, rain-sensing wipers, power/heated side mirrors with driver-side self-dimming, dual lighted vanity mirrors, universal home remote, remote vehicle start, front aluminum door kick plates, map pockets behind the front seatbacks, cruise-control, front/rear parking assist, rearview camera, power door locks, power windows with front express up/down and rear express down, dual cupholders front and rear, air-vents at the rear of the front center console, grab handles at each door, front and rear floor mats, rear pass-thru and 60/40-split folding rear seats. The trunk features full carpeting, a deep storage tray on the right and underfloor storage to complement the entire package.
The all-new 2013 Cadillac ATS comes with Cadillac CUE-a comprehensive in-vehicle experience that merges intuitive design with auto industry-first controls and commands for information and entertainment data. It is designed to be unique for each consumer from the simple user to the fully connected super user. CUE (Cadillac User Experience) pairs entertainment and information data from up to 10 Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices, USBs, SD cards, and MP3 players with a vehicle infotainment system that reduces complexity through customized information, voice commands and fewer buttons and large icons. For example, most of today’s luxury cars have around 20 buttons controlling the radio and entertainment functions, CUE has only four. The heart of CUE is the 8-inch LCD multi-touch sensitive screen seamlessly integrated into the top of the central instrument panel and a motorized fully capacitive faceplate at the bottom concealing a 1.8 liter storage area. The vibrant LCD screen displays CUE’s home page, which resembles a smart phone’s screen by using large, easy-to-target icons to execute commands. Capacitive technology refers to using electrodes to sense the conductive properties of objects such as a finger. It is slow going at the beginning but you’ll grow accustomed to its easy-to-use controls once you use it for a couple of driving periods.
The all-new ATS is one of the safest vehicles to be driving or as a passenger with these standard features-airbags-driver/front passenger frontal/side/knee, front/rear outboard head curtain and side impact airbags, 4-way adjustable front head restraints, driver awareness package (rear vision camera system, hill hold/start assist), daytime running lights, ONSTART collision response, LATCH system for child seats, rear child security door locks, audible theft deterrent with vehicle immobilizer, remote keyless entry, three-point safety belts for all five seats, strong structural safety cage, front/rear crumple zones, and steel beams in each door.
Options included in my Premium Collection test ATS included adaptive cruise control, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, front/rear automatic braking and automatic collision preparation, cold weather package with driver/front passenger heated seats and a heated steering wheel.
After my seven-day test drive the impression I got was that Cadillac has it the mark in all categories that make a compact luxury sport sedan supreme. It is the real deal, competing head-on with the best from Europe and Japan.
Word has it that Cadillac is working on a ultra-high-performance ATS-V with a 3.0 liter twin-turbo and other go-fast measures to compete with the BMW M3, Audi S4, Lexus IS-F and M-B C-AMG.
COPYRIGHT: 2013: HARVEY SCHWARTZ
- Price: $44,895.00 Premium Collection/$49,710.00 as tested
- Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged DOHC inline-4-cylinder 272 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm / 260 ft-lbs. torque @ 1,700 rpm
- Construction: unitized welded steel body with direct-mounted front cradle and rubber isolated, multi-link independent rear suspension, aluminum hood
- Turning circle: 35.9 ft.
- Length: 109.3 inches
- Height: 55.9 inches
- Width: 71.1 inches
- Track: f/r-59.5/60.9 inches
- Legroom: f/r-42.5/33.5 inches
- Headroom: f/r-38.6/36.8 inches
- EPA passenger volume: 90.9 cu.ft.
- EPA trunk volume: 10.4 cu.ft.
- Trailer towing maximum: 1,000 pounds
- 0-60 mph: 5.7 seconds
- Fuel tank: 16 gallons
- EPA fuel mileage: 21/city, 31/highway