Cadil­lac ATS el­e­vates per­for­mance, ef­fi­ciency with all-new V-6 and eight-speed au­to­matic

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For 2016, the Cadil­lac ATS range of­fers an all-new, more pow­er­ful and more re­fined V-6 en­gine matched with an all-new, pad­dle-shift eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion — a new com­bi­na­tion that el­e­vates the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with one of the lux­ury mar­ket’s smoothest, qui­etest and most ef­fi­cient pow­er­trains.

The all-new 3.6L V-6 en­gine rep­re­sents a fourth-gen­er­a­tion, clean-sheet en­gine re­design and in­cor­po­rates new fea­tures, in­clud­ing Ac­tive Fuel Man­age­ment (cylin­der de­ac­ti­va­tion) and Stop/Start tech­nol­ogy, to en­hance fuel econ­omy up to a com­pany-es­ti­mated 9 per­cent when com­pared to the pre­vi­ous en­gine.

It is ex­pected that the new 3.6L en­gine will lead its seg­ment in fuel econ­omy and non-boosted V-6 power. The fuel-sav­ing Stop/Start tech­nol­ogy is also added to the avail­able 2.0L Turbo en­gine.

The new Hy­dra-Matic 8L45 eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion is of­fered with all ATS en­gines.

Ad­di­tional up­dates for 2016 in­clude en­hance­ments that make CUE faster and eas­ier to use with nav­i­ga­tion, along with Apple CarPlay ca­pa­bil­ity. It en­hances con­nec­tiv­ity in the Cadil­lac ATS by al­low­ing smart­phone users to con­nect with ap­pli­ca­tions such as nav­i­ga­tion, hands­free text mes­sag­ing, en­ter­tain­ment and news di­rectly through the CUE’s dis­play screen.

There are also re­vi­sions to the ac­tive safety fea­tures of­fered in the avail­able Safety and Se­cu­rity Pack­age and the Driver Aware­ness Pack­age. There are three new ex­te­rior col­ors: Co­coa Bronze Me­tal­lic, Moon­stone Me­tal­lic and Stel­lar Black Me­tal­lic.

Also new for 2016 is the ATS-V. It in­tro­duces class-lead­ing twin-tur­bocharged power and a com­pre­hen­sive suite of de­sign and per­for­mance sys­tems, ex­pand­ing the ATS prod­uct line and ad­vanc­ing the V-Se­ries le­gacy with its first tur­bocharged en­try. Com­plete de­tails are avail­able in the sep­a­rate ATS-V prod­uct re­lease.

What hasn’t changed for 2016 is the ATS’s dy­namic driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, which con­tin­ues to be a leader among the world’s best pre­mium cars. It is rooted in a light­weight ar­chi­tec­ture that’s com­ple­mented by a so­phis­ti­cated chas­sis sys­tem that has been fine-tuned for agility, re­spon­sive­ness and ex­cep­tional driver feed­back.

Con­tribut­ing com­po­nents and fea­tures in­clude:

• Nearly per­fect 50/50 weight bal­ance

• Cadil­lac’s first five-link in­de­pen­dent rear sus­pen­sion us­ing light­weight, high­strength steel and ef­fi­cient straight link de­signs

• A multi-link dou­ble-pivot MacPher­son-strut front sus­pen­sion with direct-act­ing sta­bi­lizer bar

• Avail­able driver-ad­justable FE3 per­for­mance sus­pen­sion with Mag­netic Ride Con­trol real-time damp­ing

• Un­der­body aero­dy­namic shields

• Pre­mium (belt driven) elec­tric vari­able-ef­fort steer­ing gear from ZF Steer­ing Sys­tems

• Avail­able Brembo per­for­mance brakes • Avail­able all-wheel drive. The ATS range in­cludes Sedan and Coupe mod­els, in well-equipped Stan­dard mod­els, as well as Lux­ury, Per­for­mance and Pre­mium Col­lec­tions.

The Sedan is of­fered with a stan­dard 2.5L en­gine, with 2.0L Turbo and 3.6L V-6 pow­er­trains avail­able, in RWD and AWD on the lat­ter two en­gines. The ATS Coupe of­fers the 2.0L Turbo and 3.6L en­gines. A six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion is avail­able with the 2.0L Turbo and the all-new eight-speed au­to­matic is of­fered with all en­gines.

All-new 3.6L V-6

The all-new 3.6L V-6 en­gine with direct in­jec­tion and dual over­head cams head­lines the new model year for the 2016 CTS. It rep­re­sents the fourth gen­er­a­tion of GM’s ac­claimed DOHC V-6 en­gine fam­ily and in­cor­po­rates new fea­tures such as Ac­tive Fuel Man­age­ment (cylin­der de­ac­ti­va­tion) and Stop/Start tech­nol­ogy, which im­proves fuel econ­omy up to a GM-es­ti­mated 9 per­cent when com­pared to the pre­vi­ous en­gine.

Noise-re­duc­ing fea­tures in­clud­ing an all-new cam drive sys­tem con­trib­ute to the new 3.6L be­ing 3 dB qui­eter than the In­finiti 3.7L V-6.

The new V-6 also ad­vances per­for­mance- and fuel econ­omy-op­ti­miz­ing tech­nolo­gies in­tro­duced on pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing direct in­jec­tion and con­tin­u­ously vari­able valve tim­ing. Out­put is SAE-cer­ti­fied at 335 horse­power (250 kW) and 285 lb-ft of torque (386 Nm).

GM’s Ac­tive Fuel Man­age­ment sys­tem tem­po­rar­ily de­ac­ti­vates two the 3.6L’s cylin­ders in light-load driv­ing con­di­tions to en­hance fuel ef­fi­ciency and seam­lessly re­ac­ti­vates them when the driver de­mands full power.

With the ef­fi­ciency-en­hanc­ing Stop/Start sys­tem, the en­gine is shut down in cer­tain driv­ing con­di­tions such as stop-and-go city driv­ing to re­duce fuel con­sump­tion, au­to­mat­i­cally restart­ing when the driver takes his or her foot off the brake pedal.

Ad­di­tional en­gine high­lights in­clude:

• Stronger, stiffer alu­minum block with in­creased struc­ture in the bulk­heads for su­pe­rior rigid­ity

• Tough, re­fined ro­tat­ing assem­bly with a stiff forged­steel crank­shaft, fric­tion-re­duc­ing poly­mer-coated pis­tons and strong high-cop­per-con­tent, sin­ter-forged con­nect­ing rods

• New four-cam phas­ing sys­tem with in­ter­me­di­ate park tech­nol­ogy that en­hances ef­fi­ciency by en­abling late in­let valve clos­ing in cer­tain con­di­tions

• All-new, patented “tar­geted” cool­ing sys­tem that pro­vides strate­gic cool­ing of the en­gine’s hottest ar­eas while si­mul­ta­ne­ously fos­ter­ing faster warm-up to en­hance ef­fi­ciency

• New, higher-flow cylin­der heads that en­hance direct in­jec­tion per­for­mance and fea­ture in­te­grated ex­haust man­i­folds

• Re­vised, sim­pli­fied tim­ing drive sys­tem with cush­ioned chain sprock­ets con­trib­utes to qui­eter en­gine op­er­a­tion

• All-new lu­bri­ca­tion sys­tem with a vari­able-dis­place­ment, two-stage oil pump that en­hances ef­fi­ciency. It is lo­cated in­side the oil pan, which con­trib­utes to greater noise abate­ment.

ATS 2.5L and 2.0L Turbo pow­er­trains

The ATS en­gine lineup also in­cludes a 2.5L four-cylin­der stan­dard on some Sedan mod­els and a 2.0L tur­bocharged four-cylin­der avail­able on Sedan and stan­dard on Coupe. A six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion is avail­able with the 2.0L Turbo — a choice un­avail­able with many lux­ury com­peti­tors.

The 2.5L is rated at 202 horse­power (151 kW) and 191 lb-ft or torque (259 Nm), while the award-win­ning 2.0L Turbo is rated at 272 horse­power (203 kW) and 295 lb-ft of torque (400 Nm).

At 136hp/L, the 2.0L Turbo is one of the most power-dense en­gines in the in­dus­try, top­ping en­gines from Euro­pean com­peti­tors. It also de­liv­ers 90 per­cent of its peak torque from 2,100 rpm to 3,000 rpm and the full 295 lb-ft of peak torque (400 Nm) from 3,000 to 4,600 rpm. The broad torque band is sup­ported by boost lev­els as high as 18 psi (1.26 bar) in the speed range, which is de­signed to give the light­weight ATS an ex­hil­a­rat­ing feel­ing of im­me­di­ate power on de­mand.

Both en­gines fea­ture direct in­jec­tion and dual over­head camshafts with con­tin­u­ously vari­able valve tim­ing, which help op­ti­mize power and ef­fi­ciency, as well as re­duce emis­sions.

New Hy­dra-Matic 8L45 eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion

The all-new Hy­dra-Matic 8L45 pad­dle-shift eight­speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion that drives per­for­mance is of­fered with all ATS en­gines. It shares the ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign fea­tures of the ac­claimed, GM-de­signed Hy­dra-Matic 8L90 trans­mis­sion, but scaled and cal­i­brated for the per­for­mance en­ve­lope of smaller en­gines.

A wide, 7.0:1 over­all ra­tio and nu­mer­i­cally lower top gear of­fer an es­ti­mated 5-per­cent fuel econ­omy ben­e­fit over com­pa­ra­ble sixspeed au­to­matic trans­mis­sions. It also fea­tures four sim­ple gearsets for op­ti­mal ef­fi­ciency and five clutches (two brake clutches and three ro­tat­ing clutches) — cre­ative pack­ag­ing that en­ables them to fit the same space as the pre­vi­ous sixspeed au­to­matic, while also of­fer­ing lower weight.

In fact, the new 8L45 has a smaller over­all di­am­e­ter and length, and weighs ap­prox­i­mately 33 pounds (15 kg) less, than the 8L90 eight­speed — a trans­mis­sion that was al­ready lighter than the pre­vi­ous 6L80 six-speed au­to­matic.

World-class shift time quick­ness and re­spon­sive­ness are ac­com­plished with a Gen II con­trols sys­tem, which works with vari­able force so­le­noid tech­nol­ogy and three in­ter­nal speed sen­sors. The trans­mis­sion con­troller is mounted ex­ter­nally and its pro­ces­sor ex­e­cutes hun­dreds of cal­cu­la­tions and com­mands ev­ery 6.25 mil­lisec­onds.

Ad­di­tion­ally, fric­tion-re­duc­ing de­sign fea­tures — in­clud­ing syn­thetic fluid — and lower spin losses via a pow­er­flow that uses only two open clutches con­trib­ute fur­ther to ef­fi­ciency. The torque con­verter de­sign is also spe­cific to each trans­mis­sion.

ATS de­sign and ex­te­rior fea­tures

ATS Sedan and Coupe ride on the same 109.3-inch (2,775 mm) wheel­base, but fea­ture their own body­work. The roof, doors, rear fend­ers and trunk lid are unique to each, along with a spe­cific front fas­cia and front fend­ers on the Coupe that ac­com­mo­date a wider track than the Sedan.

Both body styles have a firmly planted stance, en­hanced by short over­hangs and taut sheet metal that ap­pear to wrap tightly around the tires. Sev­en­teen-inch wheels are stan­dard on ATS Sedan and 18-inch wheels are stan­dard on ATS Coupe. The ATS Coupe also in­cludes cap­less fuel fill.

Bold light­ing el­e­ments are a Cadil­lac sig­na­ture fea­ture and the ATS ad­vances the tra­di­tion with avail­able high-in­ten­sity dis­charge (HID) head­lamps, light-emit­ting diode (LED) ver­ti­cal light sig­na­ture el­e­ments and Adap­tive For­ward Light­ing. The Stan­dard model fea­tures pro­jec­tor-beam halo­gen head­lamps, while the HID head­lamps and front ver­ti­cal LED light sig­na­tures are in­cluded on all col­lec­tions above the Stan­dard model on Coupe, and on the Per­for­mance and Pre­mium Col­lec­tions for Sedan. Il­lu­mi­nated out­side door han­dles on Per­for­mance and Pre­mium Col­lec­tions lend tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced style and func­tion. All mod­els fea­ture LED tech­nol­ogy for the tail­lamps and rear-cen­ter stop lamp.

Sev­en­teen-inch pre­mium painted alu­minum wheels are stan­dard on the Sedan, with 17-inch pol­ished and 18inch forged ma­chined-face and pol­ished wheels avail­able. Nine­teen-inch whee­land-tire com­bi­na­tions are avail­able as dealer-in­stalled ac­ces­sories. A range of 18inch pre­mium painted, ma­chined or pol­ished wheels is avail­able on the ATS Coupe.

ATS in­te­rior fea­tures

A driver-fo­cused in­te­rior with in­te­grated tech­nol­ogy and crafted ma­te­ri­als com­ple­ments the ex­te­rior el­e­ments and sup­ports the ATS’s driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Ev­ery­thing from the place­ment of the ped­als to the po­si­tion of the shifter is de­signed for ef­fort­less and in­tu­itive per­for­mance driv­ing. Avail­able per­for­mance seat­ing in­cludes power-ad- justable bol­sters to op­ti­mize lat­eral sup­port dur­ing high-load cor­ner­ing.

Con­tribut­ing to the in­te­rior’s in­tu­itive feel is an in­stru­ment panel that wraps into the doors and a cen­ter stack in the mid-in­stru­ment panel that flows into the cen­ter con­sole. LED light­ing within the bold gauge clus­ter en­ables clear, at-a-glance view­ing in all light­ing con­di­tions, while am­bi­ent light­ing ac­cents func­tional el­e­ments of the con­sole and doors.

Real wood, metal plat­ing and car­bon fiber trim and Cadil­lac’s cut-and-sewn in­stru­ment panel, con­sole and doors en­hance the emo­tional con­nec­tion to the ATS. Choices of many in­te­rior en­vi­ron­ments, each with unique ac­cent trim ma­te­rial, cover a wide range of fla­vors – from light, open and warm to dark and se­ri­ous, bold, tech­ni­cal and sporty.

In­te­rior color and trim choices are of­fered in four lev­els:

• Level 1 – Light Plat­inum/Black with Oil Rubbed Bronze-ap­pear­ance trim (Sedan only) or Black/Black with Oil Rubbed Bronze-ap­pear­ance trim on Sedan and High Gloss Okapi Stripe de­signer wood trim on Coupe. Leatherette seat­ing sur­faces

• Level 2 – Light Plat­inum/Black with High Gloss Sapele Wood ac­cents or Black/Black with alu­minum trim. Leather seat­ing sur­faces

• Level 3 – Medium Cash­mere/Light Plat­inum with Dark Olive Ash Wood trim. Leather seat­ing sur­faces and sueded mi­crofiber in­te­rior ac­cents (Sedan only)

• Level 4 – Kona Brown/ Black with Nat­u­ral Sapele wood trim or Morello Red/ Black with car­bon fiber trim. Semi-ani­line leather seat­ing with sueded mi­crofiber seat­backs and sueded mi­crofiber in­te­rior ac­cents.

Avail­able in­te­rior fea­tures in­clude:

• OnS­tar 4G LTE con­nec­tiv­ity with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot (in­cluded with Cadil­lac CUE)

• Blue­tooth phone and au­dio con­nec­tiv­ity with nat­u­ral voice recog­ni­tion

• Text-to-voice, which con­verts in­com­ing text mes­sages to speech and reads them over the au­dio sys­tem speak­ers

• USB and aux­il­iary in­put ports

• Sir­iusXM Satel­lite Ra­dio with three-month trial sub­scrip­tion

• Re­con­fig­urable 5.7-inch, three-win­dow in­stru­ment panel clus­ter dis­play

• New power-as­sisted tilt­ing and tele­scop­ing steer­ing col­umn added to the Pre­mium Col­lec­tion

• Full-color re­con­fig­urable head-up dis­play.

A Bose pre­mium au­dio sys­tem with Ac­tive Noise Cance­la­tion tech­nol­ogy is stan­dard on all mod­els and on ATS coupe; it in­cludes elec­tronic sound en­hance­ment when equipped with the avail­able pre­mium sur­round sound au­dio sys­tem. It dif­fers from other man­u­fac­tur­ers’ sys­tems that pipe recorded en­gine sounds through the au­dio sys­tem. ATS elec­tronic sound en­hance­ment en­hances only the car’s au­then­tic pow­er­train sounds to sup­port the per­for­mance ex­pe­ri­ence.

A 12-speaker sur­round sound up­grade is avail­able on Stan­dard and Lux­ury, and is in­cluded with Per­for­mance and Pre­mium col­lec­tions. It in­cludes Bose Au­dio Pilot, which con­tin­u­ously mon­i­tors am­bi­ent sounds and ad­justs the mu­sic vol­ume and pro­gram con­tent to op­ti­mize the lis­ten­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ad­di­tional tech­nolo­gies that make life with the ATS more con­ve­nient in­clude the ca­pa­bil­ity of re­motely start­ing the en­gine or low­er­ing the win­dows with the key fob or the owner’s smart­phone. EZ Key pas­sive en­try and push-button start­ing is stan­dard, too, so the key never needs to leave the driver’s pocket or purse.

En­hanced Cadil­lac CUE and OnS­tar 4G LTE de­tails

Cadil­lac CUE is the cen­ter­piece of the ATS’s com­pre­hen­sive col­lec­tion of tech­nolo­gies de­signed to en­hance the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and com­ple­ment cus­tomers’ in­creas­ingly con­nected life­styles. It is avail­able on Stan­dard mod- els and in­cluded on Lux­ury, Per­for­mance and Pre­mium Col­lec­tions.

The heart of CUE is the eight-inch LCD multi-touch sen­si­tive screen, in­te­grated into the top of the cen­tral in­stru­ment panel and fea­tur­ing a mo­tor­ized, fully ca­pac­i­tive face­plate at the bot­tom con­ceal­ing a 1.8L stor­age area. CUE’s vi­brant LCD screen re­sem­bles a smart­phone’s screen, with large, easy-to-tar­get icons to ex­e­cute com­mands.

Up­grades and en­hance­ments for 2016 in­clude im­proved sys­tem speed and per­for­mance, faster, more ac­cu­rate map load­ing and voice com­mand ex­e­cu­tion, faster ser­vice re­pro­gram­ming, re­designed nav­i­ga­tion in­ter­faces, sin­gle-press mute nav­i­ga­tion voice/can­cel route, ex­panded cities with 3D maps, route in­for­ma­tion and next ma­neu­ver and BT Me­dia brows­ing.

CUE con­nec­tiv­ity and con­ve­nience fea­tures also in­clude Text Mes­sage Alerts for smart­phone users with Blue­tooth pro­file (M.A.P.) and Siri Eyes Free for iPhone iOS 6 and iOS 7. Each en­ables voice-con­trolled con­nec­tiv­ity — and helps keep phones stored and hands on the wheel. Wire­less phone charg­ing is also of­fered.

Com­ple­ment­ing CUE to en­hance the ATS’s con­nec­tiv­ity is OnS­tar 4G LTE con­nec­tiv­ity with Wi-Fi hotspot. It pro­vides a mo­bile hub for driv­ers and pas­sen­gers to stay con­nected. The hotspot is on when­ever the ve­hi­cle is on and comes with a three­month/three-gi­ga­byte data trial.

4G LTE is the most cur­rent and fastest mo­bile data net­work — 10 times faster than 3G and 100 times faster than the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion of OnS­tar hard­ware. And with OnS­tar, it also of­fers stronger, broader cov­er­age than smart­phones on the same net­work and it’s easy to use: If the ve­hi­cle is on, the con­nec­tion is on.

At the time of pur­chase, six months OnS­tar Guid­ance in­cludes all of OnS­tar’s ad­vi­sor-based safety and se­cu­rity fea­tures, in­clud­ing Au­to­matic Crash Re­sponse and Stolen Ve­hi­cle As­sis­tance, as well as Turn-by­Turn nav­i­ga­tion.

Five years of OnS­tar Ba­sic Plan in­cludes Re­moteLink Key Fob Ser­vices, al­low­ing own­ers to re­motely start and lock/un­lock a car (if prop­erly equipped), and ac­ti­vate the horn and lights from any­where with a data con­nec­tion. It also in­cludes OnS­tar Ve­hi­cle Di­ag­nos­tics, which runs monthly checks of a ve­hi­cle’s en­gine, trans­mis­sion, anti-lock brakes and more, and Dealer Main­te­nance No­ti­fi­ca­tion, which sends a di­ag­nos­tic re­port di­rectly to a pre­ferred dealer, sim­pli­fy­ing ser­vice sched­ul­ing.

ATS driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence

Proportion and bal­ance are on the ATS’s side, with a low curb weight and power-dense pow­er­trains that are also light­weight, en­abling a nearly per­fect 50/50 weight dis­tri­bu­tion and ex­cel­lent power-to-weight ra­tios. They com­ple­ment wide front and rear tracks — in­clud­ing wider tracks on ATS Coupe — and a low cen­ter of grav­ity, pro­mot­ing greater sta­bil­ity.

Low ve­hi­cle mass and op­ti­mal brake sizes give the ATS brak­ing per­for­mance that is among the best in the seg­ment, with Brembo brakes con­tribut­ing to 60-0 per­for­mance of ap­prox­i­mately 129 feet (39.3 me­ters).

Up front, a multi-link MacPher­son strut sus­pen­sion uses a dou­ble-pivot de­sign for a more pre­cise feel­ing of con­trol, in­clud­ing more lin­ear and com­mu­nica­tive steer­ing, and a smoother ride. It also im­proves im­pact iso­la­tion on bumps and rough sur­faces.

The dou­ble-pivot sys­tem in­cor­po­rates a pair of ball joints and lower con­trol links that re­place a con­ven­tional wish­bone at each wheel. The op­ti­mal bal­ance of ride and han­dling is achieved via a sus­pen­sion ge­om­e­try that de­cou­ples road in­puts by in­te­grat­ing a soft fore/aft “ride link” that pro­vides greater iso­la­tion from im­pacts and a stiff, lat­er­ally po­si­tioned “han­dling link” for more direct steer­ing feel and quicker lat­eral re­sponse.

The con­trol arms, the spin­dle and the body form an ef­fec­tive four-bar link for each side of the front sus­pen­sion, creat­ing vir­tual pivot points with re­duced spin­dle length, sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing steer­ing wheel feed­back due to wheel im­pacts. There is also a direct-act­ing sta­bi­lizer bar.

The front sus­pen­sion’s de­sign also en­ables a shorter spin­dle and pos­i­tive-off­set steer­ing ge­om­e­try for op­ti­mal steer­ing con­trol, ex­cel­lent straight-line sta­bil­ity and a more re­fined ride. High-durom­e­ter rub­ber and hy­draulic bush­ings are used with the front sus­pen­sion for an ex­cel­lent bal­ance of ride com­fort and pre­cise re­sponse when cor­ner­ing.

At the rear of the ATS is the first five-link in­de­pen­dent sus­pen­sion in a Cadil­lac. The de­sign helps re­duces roll cen­ter mo­tion, en­ables pos­i­tive lat­eral con­trol, re­duces “squat” dur­ing ac­cel­er­a­tion and pro­motes ex­cel­lent dy­namic sta­bil­ity. In short, it helps keep the tires planted on all sur­faces and dur­ing all hard-cor­ner­ing ma­neu­vers.

Four han­dling links (up­per and lower con­trol arms) are used at each side to con­trol wheel mo­tion and a toe link at each wheel pro­vides ad­di­tional hor­i­zon­tal con­trol – par­tic­u­larly dur­ing hard cor­ner­ing. The up­per and lower links cre­ate an ef­fec­tive dou­ble-wish­bone de­sign, al­though the links are mounted in­de­pen­dently. As with the front sus­pen­sion, the five-link de­sign cre­ates vir­tual pivot points that the ATS’s en­gi­neers used for ge­om­e­try op­ti­miza­tion. The stiff links are mounted on a cra­dle that con­trib­utes to a smoother, qui­eter and more iso­lated ride. The cra­dle is made of steel (with hy­dro­formed side rails) to help op­ti­mize the car’s struc­tural stiff­ness and mass.

On the Sedan, 17-inch wheels are stan­dard, with 18x8-inch wheels avail­able — all matched with 225/40-se­ries tires. The avail­able FE3 Per­for­mance Sus­pen­sion fea­tures wider 18x9-inch rear wheels with 255/35 tires (all FE3 tires are sum­mer-only). On the Coupe, 18x8-inch front (225/40 tires) and 18x9 inch rear wheels (255/35 tires) are stan­dard. As with Sedan, the Coupe’s FE3 Per­for­mance Sus­pen­sion in­cludes sum­mer-only tires.

The me­chan­i­cal lim­ited-slip dif­fer­en­tial fea­ture is not matched by all other com­peti­tors and gives the ATS an edge when it comes to en­sur­ing all of the pow­er­train’s torque is ap­plied to the tires dur­ing hard cor­ner­ing. It is stan­dard with the six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion and in­cluded with the FE3 Per­for­mance Sus­pen­sion. It is housed in a ro­bust 8.6-inch car­rier. Other mod­els fea­ture a 7.67-inch car­rier.

Sup­port­ing the ATS’s sus­pen­sions are ad­vanced damp­ing, steer­ing and brak­ing sys­tems, in­clud­ing Mag­netic Ride Con­trol (MRC), which is the heart of the FE3 Per­for­mance Sus­pen­sion (in­cluded on the RWD Pre­mium Col­lec­tion) — and also in­cludes a me­chan­i­cal lim­ited-slip dif­fer­en­tial, high-ca­pac­ity en­gine cool­ing sys­tem and 18inch sum­mer-per­for­mance tires. MRC is a real-time damp­ing sys­tem that de­liv­ers more pre­cise body mo­tion con­trol. It “reads” the road and can change damp­ing ev­ery mil­lisec­ond.

Se­lectable driver mode set­tings are stan­dard and in­clude Sport, Tour­ing and Snow/Ice (au­to­matic trans­mis­sion only). On FE3-equipped ve­hi­cles, each mode is op­ti­mized for Mag­netic Ride Con­trol damp­ing, as well as trans­mis­sion shift al­go­rithms and sta­bil­ity con­trol and trac­tion con­trol sys­tem in­ter­ven­tion.

All mod­els come with an elec­tric, vari­able-as­sist power steer­ing sys­tem from ZF Steer­ing Sys­tems. It is de­signed to de­liver ex­cel­lent re­sponse and on-cen­ter char­ac­ter­is­tics, while also sav­ing fuel be­cause en­gine power isn’t di­rectly re­quired to as­sist gear move­ment — as is the case with con­ven­tional hy­draulic sys­tems.

Ad­vanced safety fea­tures

ATS pro­vides stan­dard NHTSA 5-Star all-around and over­all crash safety rat­ings (Sedan model tested), the high­est safety rat­ings avail­able.

In ad­di­tion, Cadil­lac pro­vides avail­able ad­vanced safety based on Cadil­lac’s “con­trol and alert” strat­egy that em­ploys ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies — in­clud­ing radar, cam­eras and ul­tra­sonic sen­sors — to help pre­vent crashes. The safety fea­tures bol­ster driver vi­sion and aware­ness of road haz­ards, and can even as­sist to help the driver avert po­ten­tial crashes. In cer­tain sit­u­a­tions, Cadil­lac’s ad­vanced crash-avoid­ance sys­tems, such as au­to­matic brak­ing, can pre-fill and au­to­mat­i­cally ap­ply brak­ing in re­sponse in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions.

Among the most so­phis­ti­cated of the fea­tures is front and rear au­to­matic brak­ing. It re­lies on radar, cam­era and ul­tra­sonic tech­nol­ogy to help the driver pre­vent front and rear low-speed col­li­sions via a pro­gres­sion of alerts that ex­tend to com­plete brak­ing, if nec­es­sary.

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