2017 Cadillac ATS Coupe review

The 2017 Cadillac ATS Coupe disappoints a couple of friends shortly after I take delivery for a week-long evaluation. “Oh, it’s not the ATS-V?” they both say. No, my test car isn’t General Motors’ 464-horsepower performance monster, it’s a base model with a turbocharged four-cylinder and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. They are unimpressed.

Still quite a performer

At first glance, writing off the ATS Coupe, as my two comrades did, may seem easy. But take a closer look at the drivetrain and you’ll see that this entry-level Caddy’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is nothing to sneeze at. With 272 hp and 295 pound-feet of torque, the ATS outmuscles same-sized turbo mills in the Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe(241 hp, 273 pound-feet), BMW 430i (248 hp, 258 pound-feet) and Audi A5 (252 hp, 273 pound-feet).

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