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Debuting to the public for the first today in Detroit, Cadillac claims the new ATS Coupe will be one of the lightest and therefore sportiest luxury coupes in the segment, with an advantage in both power and weight over a similarly equipped BMW 428i.

Unlike the sedan, the coupe will eschew the base 2.5 liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder and only be offered with two engines. Base coupes will be powered by 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 272 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. This engine will be available with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission in rear-wheel drive models while all-wheel drive versions make due with the six-speed automatic only. Cadillac claims base model ATS Coupes will be able to sprint from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds.

For a little more power, there is an optional 3.6-liter V-6 engine producing 321 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. However this engine is only available with the automatic and only in rear-wheel drive configurations.

Sporty Chassis

To play the part of a sports coupe, the new ATS two-door promises a near perfect 50/50 weight distribution. Rear-wheel drive models can be had with the FE3 sport suspension featuring GM’s Magnetic Ride Control, a mechanical limited-slip differential, high-capacity engine cooling system and staggered 18-inch summer-performance tires (225 width in the front, 255 width in the rear). The coupe rides on the same 109.3-inch wheelbase as the sedan, but has a more aggressive stance thanks to a wider front and rear track.

2015-Cadillac-ATS-Coupe-10.jpgThe exterior of the ATS Coupe features a unique roof, doors, rear fenders, trunk lid, front fascia and front fenders compared to the ATS Sedan. Base models are equipped with projector-beam headlamps, while all other versions of the ATS Coupe will feature HID headlights and Cadillac’s signature front vertical LED light strips. It is also the first production vehicle to wear Cadillac’s all-new crest.

The interior is highlighted by the available OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with built-in WiFi, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity with natural voice recognition and text-to-voice that can read incoming text messages to the driver. Like the sedan, there is an optional reconfigurable 5.7-inch, three-window instrument panel cluster display, head-up display and of course CUE.

Electronic Sound Enhancement

All coupes come with a Bose premium audio system with noise cancellation technology. The optional premium surround sound audio system features electronic sound enhancement, which means the ATS will pump engine noises electronically through the speakers. However, unlike other manufacturers’ systems, Cadillac claims the sounds are authentic noises coming from the powertrain. Whether this is being recorded in real-time or not we are unsure of at this time.

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Safety is also a top priority with the new ATS Coupe and the car features new-to-Cadillac technologies like an enhanced side blind zone alert and motorized safety belts. As well, the car features front and rear automatic braking that can actually stop the car from a forward or reverse low-speed collisions if one is imminently detected.

The Cadillac ATS Coupe is expected to go on sale this summer.
See more Cadillac ATS Coupe photos at AutoGuide.com
 

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Don't like it. I like the "new" (and old) Caddy A/CTS styling, but it's too blocky and big for a coupe. It's a sedan shape, and the elongated coupe door looks too big for me while still being too small for the car. I also don't like what they did to the badge. Granted, I thought the original badge looked a bit pretentious, but you don't go messing with a badge like Cadillac's. I mean, you don't see Mercedes turning theirs into an oval or adding extra points.
 

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I like the new badge. Do you know how many times Cadillac has changed its badge over the years?



I do agree that the doors look a bit large and out of proportion for this car. And I just don't think I like the look of a coupe when I consider the difficulty in getting into the back seat and the weird look of having one big door on either side.
 

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Sorry. I meant the original coat of arms look. I think all the badges with it in the original . . . dimensions and the coat of arms front and center look fine (regardless with how much license Cadillac took with the details of it). But this new one where they gave it obesity looks like a poor photocopy. Maybe to keep up to date with America's waistline? :p

For me the Cadillac coat of arms is kind of iconic, like the Mercedes three point star, the prancing horse, the Spirit of Ecstasy, and the like.
 

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I think that the shape and dimensions of the new crest match better with Cadillac's new design language. Cadillac uses long lines and sharp angles. The old crest is too proportional. I think Cadillac wanted something that spoke more to the company's new design language.

Mercedes didn't change their three point star emblem over the years as much but they did change from the one that sticks up to one that is flat against the hood. I just think that emblems and logos change when they need to.
 
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