SPECS AND VER­DICT Model En­gine Trans­mis­sion

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I– ex­cept the bon­net – is new. If that’s the case, then the Coupé is an op­por­tu­nity lost as it doesn’t look any more stim­u­lat­ing than an ATS sa­loon with two fewer doors. Those who were ex­pect­ing to see a dis­tinctly wedgy de­sign will be dis­il­lu­sioned but can look for some so­lace in the fact that a few Cadil­lac trade­marks have been left in­tact, like the ver­ti­cal lights front and back, and that the Coupé has a more ag­gres­sive stance and a more swoop­ing pro­file than the sa­loon thanks to a 20.3mm wider track and a lower roofline than the sa­loon’s. The over­all height of the two-door is lower than the four­door’s by almost 30mm. nside, the front seats with ad­justable bol­sters are su­per sup­port­ive and easy to get com­fort­able in, and the wide power adjustment op­tions make find­ing the per­fect driv­ing po­si­tion a breeze. Add to this the sat­is­fy­ingly chunky steer­ing wheel, and you’re soon ready to har­ness all the per­for­mance this car has to of­fer and put it to good use. The same can’t be said, though, about the rear seats, which are best re­served for kids and those who don’t fig­ure high in your re­la­tion­ship list.

Fit and fin­ish might not be the best in class, but the ATS’s cabin feels more wel­com­ing and swish than those of its Ger­man ri­vals. Cadil­lac also of­fers var­i­ous trim op­tions in the ATS, which in­clude wood and metal for a plush am­bi­ence or car­bon fi­bre and Al­can­tara for a sportier feel.

Cadil­lac’s CUE in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem is car­ried over with lit­tle change, but while the touch-sen­si­tive but­tons with hap­tic feed­back give the cen­tre con­sole a cleaner look, their re­sponses are still a bit iffy. A clever new ad­di­tion is a charg­ing mat tucked away be­hind the CUE screen, which can wire­lessly charge any com­pat­i­ble phone.

With the ATS Coupé, not only has Cadil­lac taken the fight closer to its es­tab­lished Ger­man ri­vals in this fiercely con­tested class, but has also man­aged to trump all but the BMW4 Se­ries in dy­namic abil­ity and driv­ing fun. And de­spite its non-con­tro­ver­sial styling rel­a­tive to other Cadil­lacs, it still stands out from the pack.

Although prices start at an op­ti­mistic Dh194,000, what you get is def­i­nitely worth the money – yet another bril­liant ad­di­tion to the new port­fo­lio of Cadil­lacs that ap­peals to those who love hav­ing fun be­hind the wheel rather than to poseurs and well-heeled pen­sion­ers.

De­spite its tame styling, it still stands out from the pack 373Nm @ 4,800rpm Top speed NA 0-100kph NA On sale De­cem­ber 2014 Price Dh194,000 (base) Highs Su­perb dy­nam­ics, steer­ing re­sponse, plush cabin Lows Dis­ap­points in the looks depart­ment ATS Coupé 3.6-litre V6 Six-speed auto, RWD Max power 321bhp @ 6,800rpm Max torque

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