Though the recently announced, more sporting V iteration of the compact Cadillac ATS has stolen most of the headlines recently, we’ve been eager to get our hands on the standard version of the littlest Caddy for some time now – especially in svelte coupe form pictured here.
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In their press release for the new 2015 Escalade, Cadillac is quick to tout much-improved (and class-leading, if you exclude the Benz GL diesel) efficiency as the truck’s defining point. Improved efficiency is all well and good, and quite necessary for CAFE standards, but let’s be brutally honest here: nobody, and I mean nobody, buys an Escalade based on fuel economy. And that’s OK.
Winning and confidence go hand in hand, but Cadillac’s new 2015 ATS Coupe is missing one of those attributes. Like a perpetual podium finishing runner, Cadillac honed its skill by emulating the perpetual champion, BMW, and produced the wonderful ATS Sedan. Where the ATS Sedan made its mark in stents versus the competition, a champion it is not. The ATS Coupe runs a new race with another year’s worth of refinement. Is the refinement enough to produce a winner? Cadillac invited us to Virginia’s wine and horse country to find out.
Eventually, everything comes back into fashion. Danish furniture, chukka boots and typewriters are all experiencing a confounding resurgence of late – someone specializing in the sale of all three would earn a tidy living for himself. Not even the car industry is immune from such trending. Look at Cadillac – for decades leading up to the 1970s, a Cadillac was the car –the only car – to own in America. If you were somebody in Middle America, you owned a Cadillac, and if you didn’t – then you weren’t. I’ll gloss over the brand’s fall from grace in the late 1970s, as it’s been covered ad nauseum by journalists and economists alike. Suffice it to say, American buyers lost interest in Cadillac nearly as fast as GM’s upper management did.
Please welcome friend of the site (and fellow track rat) Chase Adams for a guest review of his newly purchased CTS-V.
When you buy a new car, like I did a month ago, do you ever have that moment where deep inside you, your gut sinks? Regret, doubt, uncertainty: words which split seconds of thought might be named. The car buying experience is fraught with emotion. Where my stride may be sure going in, as I go out, my chin may sink as the sparkle wears off and I realize I have committed to only 4,200 lbs of well organized metal and plastic.
It’s a CTS-V that I bought. You’ve heard those letters before: fastest production sedan in the world, Zeus’ chariot with lightning and thunder, Germany ring something something. Mine is a Coupe. Those 4,200 lbs sure know how to make an entrance. The car rides a wave of equal parts clichés and controversy. With its booming voice and hairy chest, cloaked in a lustrously black tuxedo, this car is a glossy steed worthy of every bit of its praise.
The Germans have a new compact sedan competitor to look out for with the all-new 2013 Cadillac ATS sedan. The ATS sits below the CTS in the Cadillac line-up and is positioned to take on the class dominating BMW 3-Series, as well as the successful Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.