As any performance driver worth their salt will likely tell you, the ability to stop is often the most overlooked, yet important aspects of a balanced vehicle. Luckily, Cadillac engineers were well aware of this when developing the ATS at the Green Hell, where the iconic Karussel is known for its long, high-speed straightaways followed by tight hairpin turns, resulting in a run that allows drivers to push the agility as well as the braking prowess of their cars to the limit. So in developing the ATS, Cadillac called on Brembo — the world-renowned maker of high-performance brakes for race cars and exotics.
The collaboration produces the ATS’ available Brembo brake package, which features a fixed front caliper design with four pistons to provide extraordinary stopping power and resistance to fade. But that’s not where the braking performance of the ATS ends, as the compact Cadillac uses a patent-pending brake coating process to prevent rotor corrosion and maintain smooth, non-pulsating braking performance overtime.
The result is brakes that are not only powerful, but also provide consistent stopping performance, whether taking a turn around the Karussel or just taking the long way home — we wouldn’t mind doing both every day. And did we mention that the Brembo units found on the ATS (as well as the XTS) are made in the U.S. of A? Can’t get much better than that now, can it?