Cadillac rolls out its first compact coupe

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Cadillac has introduced the all-new 2015 ATS Coupe, a quicker and more personal addition to the award-winning ATS product line. Cadillac’s first-ever compact luxury coupe goes on sale this summer, offering Pittsburgh area drivers the choice of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and the power from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder or a 3.6-liter six-cylinder.

The award-winning 2.0-liter Turbo is rated at 272 horsepower, while the 3.6-liter V6 is rated at 321 horsepower. In all combinations, the 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 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. The 2.0-liter Turbo engine is upgraded from the current ATS sport sedan to deliver nearly 14 percent more torque, taking it to 295 lb-ft.

Greater torque means greater pulling power, for a greater feeling of responsiveness at low speeds, and helps the ATS Coupe achieve an estimated zero-to-60 mile an hour time of just 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.”

The ATS is designed to deliver on the road. It has a nearly perfect 50/50 weight balance and low center of gravity. Underneath, a five-link independent rear suspension features lightweight, high-strength steel and efficient straight link designs. Upfront, a multi-link double-pivot MacPherson-strut front suspension with direct-acting stabilizer bar allows for aggressive handling. Stopping power is enhanced by Brembo front brakes.

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 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 wrap tautly around the tires. Standard 18-inch wheels are exclusive to the coupe.

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, intended to enhance the emotional connection to the driving experience.

Available interior features include: OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot; Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity with natural voice recognition; text-to-voice that converts incoming text messages to speech and reads them over the audio system speakers; USB, auxiliary and SD memory card ports and SiriusXM Satellite Radio that comes with a three-month complimentary subscription.

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.

The 12-speaker surround sound upgrade is available on Standard and Luxury trims, 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 make the most of the listening experience.

Additionally, a navigation system is available on Luxury and Performance collections, and it is standard with the Premium Collection.

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.

ATS Coupe delivers the same safety technologies found in the ATS Sedan. 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 help the driver avert potential crashes.

Cadillac’s new 2015 ATS Coupe offers all the convenience of the sedan, in a much sportier package. If you are looking for a way to reward yourself, but still like to have a little fun on the winding roads and hills of Western Pennsylvania, you should give the new ATS Coupe a test drive when it hits Pittsburgh area Cadillac showrooms later this year.

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