NEW FOR 2015:
– All-new model.

When Cadillac launched the ATS in 2013, it sent a clear message to the world’s luxury brands: America can compete with the best in the compact sport sedan arena. And now, Cadillac is turning its attention to luxury coupes, where the new ATS Coupe will go toe-to-toe with the mighty BMW 4 Series, Audi A5, and the newly introduced Lexus RC.

With a slightly sleeker profile and all-new sheet metal, the ATS Coupe is a handsome machine, though it’s unlikely to polarize folks the same way the old CTS Coupe did. That said, it’s a better drive thanks to a stiff, lightweight chassis, and balanced handling. Standard Brembo brakes, a limited-slip rear differential, plus staggered-width low-profile tires and optional magnetic suspension system demonstrate Cadillac’s seriousness about performance.

Unlike the ATS Sedan, the Coupe does without the base 2.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder. Instead, the range kicks off with a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder that develops 272 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Buyers seeking more excitement can opt for a 3.6-litre naturally aspirated V6 that develops 321 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. All ATS Coupes can be had with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive; AWD models mandate the six-speed automatic, and only four-cylinder rear-drive versions can be had with a stick.

The ATS Coupe is available in four trim levels: Standard Collection, Luxury Collection, Performance Collection, and Premium Collection. All models can be had with the 2.0-litre engine in rear or all-wheel drive; the 3.6L V6 is not available on the Standard Collection, and can be had with rear or all-wheel drive.

Standard Collection models include leatherette upholstery, six-way power driver and front-passenger seat, heated front seats, wood trim, tilt and telescoping steering column, 60/40 split folding rear seat, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, nine-speaker Bose sound system, 4.2-inch display audio with AM/FM/XM, reverse camera, three USB audio ports, motorized flip-up/down screen, capacitive touch controls for HVAC, OnStar with 4G WiFi, Bluetooth, remote keyless access with push-button start, trip computer, cruise control, LED tail lights, 18-inch wheels, Brembo performance brakes, and sport suspension tuning.

Key options include no-charge six-speed manual transmission, all-wheel drive (automatic only), and the CUE & Surround Sound package which adds the CUE 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, voice recognition, text message assistant, wireless phone charging, Sound Enhancer Noise Control, and a 12-speaker Bose Sound system.

The Luxury Collection adds adaptive HID headlights, leather upholstery with two-position memory, sports seats with 12-way power driver adjustable and 10-way power adjustable passenger function, side mirrors with driver’s side auto-dimming function, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, heated steering wheel, garage door opener, Bluetooth, 8-inch CUE infotainment system, voice recognition, text message assistant and wireless charging.

The Performance Collection includes standard anti-theft system, illuminated door handles, polished 18-inch aluminum wheels, rain-sensing wipers, alloy-finish pedals, CUE with 12-speaker Bose sound system, collision warning system, automatic high beams, lane departure warning.

The Driver Assist Package adds full-speed adaptive cruise control, automatic seatbelt tightening, forward collision warning with auto-brake, electronic parking brake, automatic braking, side blind-zone alert with lane-change alert, and cross-traffic alert.

The Midnight Special Edition Package adds dark chrome and gloss black exterior trim, dark chrome wheels, suede shift knob and steering wheel.

The Premium Collection builds on the Performance Collection and adds heavy-duty cooling system, limited-slip rear differential (RWD only), Magnetic Ride Control suspension, head-up display, power tilt and telescoping steering column, 110-volt power supply, and navigation.

As with the Performance Collection, the Driver Assist Package is available. The Track Performance Package (3.6L RWD only) adds performance brake pad liners, and an oil cooler.

Key stand-alone options on all models include power sunroof, black chrome trim, synthetic suede steering wheel and shift knob, and a CD player.

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