Fast Lane Daily got ahold of one of those nifty 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupes and drove through the Nutmeg State’s beautiful country roads. They characterize the the Caddy as a car that’s smooth, comfortable, and give warning to BMW.
They give special kudos to the interior, which is made of authentic, quality materials that have that special tactile feel that is a must if you want to compete in this class. Of course, it’s done in that special American way that is a lot warmer than its Teutonic competitors.
With the optional 321-horsepower 3.6L V6, 5.5 seconds to 60 is cake. Remember when the Lamborghini Countach struggled to get 5.0? Yet now we live in a world where a Cadillac can almost keep up yet turn 19 city/28 highway figures, which is a pretty damn impressive mix of performance and economy. Oh, how I don’t miss thee, 1980s (Billy Squier excepted)!
Even thought the turbo-four has fine low-end torque and may have an edge in the handling department, Fast Lane Daily prefers the V6 for “its throatier exhaust note and more linear power curve when getting on the throttle” (although the turbo-four comes with a manual transmission and has its fans). And what about the Bimmer 2- and 4-Series? They’re fine cars, and perhaps the measuring stick in this class, but Fast Lane Daily would take the Caddy, especially due to the feedback transmitted to the steering wheel, which is strangely missing from the Bimmers.
One caveat: price. Cost of entry is almost $39,000, which is somewhat rich, although the German competitors are still several thousand dollars more, making the ATS Coupe a good value in its class.