The 2017 Cadillac ATS Coupe disappoints a few pals shortly after I take supply for a week-long analysis. “Oh, it is not the ATS-V?” they each say. No, my check automotive is not Normal Motors’ 464-horsepower efficiency monster, it is a base mannequin with a turbocharged four-cylinder and an eight-speed automated gearbox. They’re unimpressed.

Nonetheless fairly a performer

At first look, writing off the ATS Coupe, as my two comrades did, could appear simple. However take a more in-depth have a look at the drivetrain and you may see that this entry-level Caddy’s 2.Zero-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is nothing to sneeze at. With 272 hp and 295 pound-feet of torque, the ATS outmuscles same-sized turbo mills within the Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe (241 hp, 273 pound-feet), BMW 430i (248 hp, 258 pound-feet) and Audi A5 (252 hp, 273 pound-feet).

Off the road, the ATS fires ahead quickly and with no turbo lag, delivering potent thrust all the best way as much as its engine’s 7,000-rpm redline. The deeper tone from my tester’s non-obligatory efficiency exhaust system provides to the expertise. Shift efficiency from the eight-speed auto transmission is brisk, however not fairly as fast and buttery because the ZF models within the Audi and BMW.

A 272-horsepower turbo 4 is not something to miss.

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Not solely is the drivetrain peppy, it is pretty environment friendly. EPA estimates name for 22 miles per gallon within the metropolis and 31 mpg on the freeway.

Most spectacular of all is the ATS’ dealing with, particularly with the out there V-Sport suspension that brings stiffer springs, dampers and Bridgestone Potenza RE050A summer season tires to the celebration. Pairing the upgraded with a rock-solid platform creates a coupe with excellent grip and a eager sense of stability that encourages fast adjustments of course.

The entire thing feels mild on its toes as a result of, effectively, the ATS is mild in comparison with its trio of German rivals. At simply over three,400 kilos, the ATS weighs over 150 kilos lower than BMW’s 430i, whereas being roughly 200 kilos trimmer than Audi’s A5 and Benz’s C300 Coupe.

Hefty steering really feel and respectable suggestions provides to the ATS’ participating drive expertise, as does a powerful brake package deal that includes four-piston entrance Brembo calipers. My check automotive’s binders have a bit extra chunk due to extra aggressive pads clamping down on slotted rotors, a worthwhile choice at $1,190.

Sadly, the ATS’ nimble dealing with does include tradeoffs. Experience high quality suffers with the low-profile efficiency run-flat tires and firmer suspension. You’re feeling impacts from ruts and potholes within the cabin, and a few tire noise can also be noticeable.

A visible standout

Admittedly, I am not a fan of Cadillac’s design language on its sedans. To my eye, the ATS sedan and CTS look mushy and uninspiring. Nonetheless, on the ATS coupe, sharper and extra outlined strains work, giving it a definite look that helps set it other than rounder German designs.

Extra outlined physique strains give the ATS Coupe a particular look.

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With the accent V-Collection rear spoiler, varied black chrome trim items and 18-inch wheels, the ATS is surely a looker, however I nonetheless desire the looks of the four Collection, A5 and particularly Benz’s C-Class Coupe.

Contained in the cabin, supplies are of wonderful high quality with good leather-based, stitched microfiber accents and carbon fiber trim. Entrance seats are snug and provide respectable aspect assist to maintain occupants blissful. As for the backseat, that is one other matter totally — restricted head- and legroom means the second row is greatest for young children, if not buying luggage. In a pinch, folding up an grownup or two within the again will work for brief journeys.


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