Cadillac continues to turn heads with the acclaimed Alpha architecture that was introduced with the 2013 Cadillac ATS, and seemingly perfected in the all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS. And for the 2014 North American International Auto Show, the next chapter in the Alpha architecture is the 2015 ATS Coupe. We’ll just say right now: the photos don’t do this car justice, and it already looks fantastic in photos.
Unlike the aged CTS Coupe, the 2015 ATS Coupe doesn’t come off as too wedgey or angular, but refines the Art & Science design language to the point of poshness and maturity. Even so, the two-door ATS manages to make a statement from every direction.
The 2015 ATS Coupe rides on the same 109.3-inch (2,775 mm) wheelbase as the ATS Sedan, but the roof, doors, rear fenders and trunk lid are unique to the two-door, as is a specific front fascia and front fenders that accommodate a wider track than that of the sedan. Specifically, the 2015 ATS Coupe is 20 mm wider in the front, and 40 mm wider in the back, with the wider stance contributing to better power delivery and steering, with 225-wide tires up front and 255-wide tires in the rear.
What’s more, the ATS Coupe is also the first production model to wear Cadillac’s revised crest, which will begin to appear on 2015 model year and newer Cadillacs. Couple that with the plethora of little details on the bodywork here and there, and the 2015 ATS Coupe seemingly speaks a language all its own. A sexy, sexy language.
Under the hood, the 2.0L LTG turbo is the standard motor, with the turbocharger now spinning out 25 psi instead of 20 psi, therefore punching out an expected 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Coupled with its lightweight properties, the ATS Coupe is expected to have a power-to-weight advantage over the BMW 428i. 0-60 mph acceleration for the ATS Coupe with the more powerful 2.0T is expected to be 5.6 seconds. The 3.6L LFX V6 remains the same for as seen in the sedan and makes 321 horsepower and 271 lb.-ft. of torque. As with the ATS Sedan, the 2.0T can be mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, but 3.6 can only be paired with the automatic.
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 through the speakers of the audio system; USB, auxiliary and SD memory card ports; SiriusXM Satellite Radio with three-month trial subscription; reconfigurable 5.7-inch, three-window instrument panel cluster display; full-color reconfigurable head-up display. A Bose audio system with active noise cancellation will be standard, and the coupe’s natural exhaust tones will also be amplified through its speakers. Finally, the ATS Coupe also implements capless fueling.
Expect the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe to launch by the second half of 2014.