If you’ve already read our features on what’s to like and what’s to dislike about the 2013 Cadillac ATS, than you’re probably already aware what needs to be fixed. But for further clarification, we will elaborate on three exact features that need to be in the Cadillac ATS for it to be the undisputed lightweight luxury performance champion of the world. They are the following:
As outlined in the our “dislike” feature, the Cadillac ATS does not feature a transmission that is competitive with the best in class, let alone any C-segment luxury car from Germany. The eight-speed automatic transmissions cannot come fast enough. But when they do, expect fortified fuel economy to the not-so-good MPG figures, and hopefully a quicker acceleration time. Throw in a seven-speed manual while you’re at it. As a wild-card, we would like to see a quick-shifting and torque converter-less double-clutch transmission for which GM has filed a patent. And it goes without saying, the ATS should have a stick-shift offered in both the V6 and all-wheel-drive variants. Enthusiasts will notice, and enthusiasts are a powerful demographic.
A Sport Package Of Some Sort
One of the things we noticed when (safely) taking the Cadillac ATS to high speeds was that it loses its sense of stability. At the very least, a spoiler should help with this issue. But while Cadillac is at it, there should be some sort of package that rivals BMW’s “M-Sport”, Audi’s “S-Line”. Think a “V-light” package. Black out the chrome, work in a sportier exhaust, heck, even re-tune the gear ratios. Such elements should go a long way in looking to appeal to demographics that prefer the sportiness of the packages offered from Germany.
Knobs For CUE
The concept of CUE is great. In theory. Replicating the advancement and aesthetic appeal of today’s Apple iPad sounds delightful and intriguing… until operated at 70 miles per hour. And voice commands take too long. But we wanted to note that with everything being the same, flat surface, our brains were thrown out of whack from the loss of the ability to memorize the layout. With a knob or two, our sense of muscle memory will return. Even BMW’s iDrive and Audi’s MMI offer one big, universal knob to turn and press. Cadillac should notice the best qualities of these infotainment systems and find a way to implement a similar setup for CUE. That should fix a thing or two.
While that’s what we would like to see, we’re sure you have ideas of your own. Let us know what you’re thinking in the comments below.