Cadillac has made great strides in its goal to build cars that can compete head-to-head with its European competitors, in particular BMW. With the introduction of the ATS sedan in 2013 - the 2013 North American car of the Year - it took another big step in that direction.
But until the Detroit luxury brand has a direct competitor for BMW's 3 Series Coupe (now renamed the 4 Series), the mission remained unfulfilled.
The ATS Coupe rides on the same wheelbase as the sedan but it is longer and lower, with wider front and rear tracks and its own sleek bodywork. The roof, doors, rear fenders and deck lid are unique to the Coupe, along with a specific front fascia and front fenders to accommodate a wider track.
"All of the surface development unique to the ATS Coupe was done with aerodynamics in mind," said David Masch, ATS chief engineer. "We are able to achieve lift and downforce requirements to ensure, at top speed, we retain handling without having to add a rear spoiler."
Power comes from either a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 272 horsepower or a 3.6-litre V-6 rated at 321 horsepower and buyers get a choice of either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions are available.