I wish it were cheaper.
Am I off base saying the ATS is the worst looking car in recent Cadillac history?
Too tall, narrow and boxy.
If it didn't have a V8, I'd be embarrassed to be seen in it.
With its lack of visual appeal, its going to need a mean sounding V8 exhaust note and some real serious power to get any respect.
GM had a Turbo V6 in the 89-90 Grand Prix. Some people thought it was cool but only because there was no V8 available that would fit in that car.
I think it looks great.
It needs a wide body treatment.
The interior is great though.
The silly headlights can be fixed with tint.
It's another one of those cars for whom pictures do not do it justice. You have to see it in person to appreciate it.
Like the CTS-V, I am sure the ATS-V will have a more aggressive stance.
The current TV commercial is spectacular, so at least it is being marketed properly.
So the Performance and Premium line ATS have 18" x 8" up front and 18" x 9" out back... The V should increase tire/wheel diameter and width by an inch front and back.
I like the dark grille with the chrome surround (2 piece). That would be nice for the V treatment also, or at least as an accessory.
CTS-1 was actually good looking enough that the CTS-2 was a bit underwhelming untill people warmed up to it more (exterior excluded of course).
CTS-1 was a very good seller and its the original V that was a huge part of building this forum.
Clean examples of all the above cars still catch my eye today.
I think the ATS looks "nice", but too "plain Jane", (although the interior is outstanding).
However, since its the "entry level" Cadillac, that's probably intentional, so it does not up-stage the higher end models.
I just hope they flare the fenders for the V version and put a real engine in it, then it would be good.
Having just saw an XTS in person yesterday, I now say that the XTS is the worst looking Cadillac in recent history.
That car had no visual apeal at all and for $60K it will be a very tough sell.
I think it's very plain looking (not necessarily bad looking).
I could accept the plain apperance of the ATS, if it gets a real engine.
Otherwise, it just comes off as a lower price alternative to the class leading cars (from other manufacturers).
By recent history I meant CTS-1, CTS-2, STS, XLR, even DTS which all looked better.
I'm not going back any further than that, for obvious reasons.
ATS is at least better looking than the XTS (now that I saw an XTS in person).
Funny because the XTS looked great in pictures.
I don't get why GM is all secretive about what the V is getting.
Just tell us already so we can get in line for one or move on.
I can't fathom how the ATS is more boring looking than the STS. Hell, the design of the ATS is built off the design of your 05-V. It's the progression from that, getting more bold not more bland.
You sir confuse the hell out of me.