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Cadillac ATS-V Series Forum Discussion, Disappointed in ATS exterior design; ATS-V must step up in Cadillac V-Series Forums; Originally Posted by Downmarket Window trim made big difference <img src="http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=103206"/> Thx for the info, good to know some options ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Downmarket
    Window trim made big difference

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    Thx for the info, good to know some options out there.

    I still hope GM offers a black-out trim with lowered suspension in the near future.

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    Re: Disappointed in ATS exterior design; ATS-V must step up

    Quote Originally Posted by Atswatcher View Post
    ... I still hope GM offers a black-out trim with lowered suspension in the near future.
    They must have a number of internally proposed renditions some with black-out trim, etc. I'm hoping they give us something a bit on the aggressive side and not too bland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rand49er
    They must have a number of internally proposed renditions some with black-out trim, etc. I'm hoping they give us something a bit on the aggressive side and not too bland.
    I think cadillac still thinks chrome is good. While most sport models offer black trim(like bmw) In Cadillacs case the chrome is considered an upgrade. On a sporty model I think most buyers would prefer the black trim over chrome. At least I did.

    After I blacked out trim the difference was night and day. In my opinion it looks so much better

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    Quote Originally Posted by Downmarket

    I think cadillac still thinks chrome is good. While most sport models offer black trim(like bmw) In Cadillacs case the chrome is considered an upgrade. On a sporty model I think most buyers would prefer the black trim over chrome. At least I did.

    After I blacked out trim the difference was night and day. In my opinion it looks so much better


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    Black-out is bland and overdone. Tasteful chrome or polished aluminum is much more aggressive and beautiful. Black wheels look brown when they are dirty. Thankfully, we have a choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JFJr
    Black-out is bland and overdone. Tasteful chrome or polished aluminum is much more aggressive and beautiful. Black wheels look brown when they are dirty. Thankfully, we have a choice.

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    That is the problem. We don't have a choice. I wish they would offer black trim on luxury or performance model. Different strokes for different folks.

    I think alloy and chrome wheels also look terrible when there dirty. In fact I think break dust is less detectable on a black rim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Downmarket

    That is the problem. We don't have a choice. I wish they would offer black trim on luxury or performance model. Different strokes for different folks.

    I think alloy and chrome wheels also look terrible when there dirty. In fact I think break dust is less detectable on a black rim
    I'm not familiar with "break" dust.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JFJr

    I'm not familiar with "break" dust.
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    Re: Disappointed in ATS exterior design; ATS-V must step up

    Quote Originally Posted by rand49er View Post
    There. I've said it. I've held my tongue for a while now, but I have to say the ATS' styling just doesn't send chills up and down my leg. In my world, then, this would mean the ATS-V has a tough starting point and needs to have treatments done sufficient to continue the tradition that all the other V series models have managed to do, namely, look classy but you know this isn't a regular XXX (<-- fill in the blank CTS, XLR, STS).

    Am I the only one? Anybody else feel this way?
    You are probably in the majority about wanting to flaunt having a V (cosmetic differences). But I think you are in the minority to think the ATS is a bad starting point. I believe most people think the ATS looks better than the current CTS, including the V. The CTSs just look chunky by comparison. V cosmetics don't cure that. Many would prefer a CTS-V over an ATS but for the performance, not because a CTS looks better than an ATS.

    Don't worry about what everyone else thinks. What's right for the next guy/gal isn't always what's right for you. I'm married to the best woman in the world but billions of men have never shown any interest.

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    Re: Disappointed in ATS exterior design; ATS-V must step up

    I like the look of the ATS especially compared to the CTS. I think the CTS is overdone all around including that huge front grill. The ATS keeps the overall look of the CTS yet is a bit toned down and is a look I prefere. As far as the chrome goes I guess it depends on what color ATS you have. Mine is Black Raven and the chrome accents look great with that color and I don't need anymore black. When I first saw the ATS in person I thought it might be a bit understated but in the premium trim with the premium wheels and lights the car looks awesome all shined up and really stands out in a crowd of parked cars.

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    Re: Disappointed in ATS exterior design; ATS-V must step up

    In '03, the CTS made a styling statement. Many didn't like it, but more did, and it grew on some of those who didn't like it initially. I just don't see the ATS having that kind of impact. Understated? Yes. I'm saving my pennies for the ATS-V, BUT if I don't like it, I'll just keep my old '05 CTS-V.

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    Re: Disappointed in ATS exterior design; ATS-V must step up

    ^^^^Randy....concur.....

    I'm debating myself whether to unload my CTS-V and jump into the new ATS-V when they hit the streets.....

    Bottomline: The wife is prego....so the '08 Zo6 Vette I was looking at is off the table....and I deploy next month....so I'm in the market Nov '13!

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    Re: Disappointed in ATS exterior design; ATS-V must step up

    I'm sorry that I'm just seeing this thread for the first time today! I'll be documenting everyone's feedback regarding the ATS design where the appropriate GM teams can access it, and please don't hesitate to contact me if any of you would like me to look questions further for you. (I'm reachable via email at Katie_Lucille@gmexpert.com!)

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    Re: Disappointed in ATS exterior design; ATS-V must step up

    Quote Originally Posted by Cadillac Cust Svc View Post
    I'm sorry that I'm just seeing this thread for the first time today! I'll be documenting everyone's feedback regarding the ATS design where the appropriate GM teams can access it, and please don't hesitate to contact me if any of you would like me to look questions further for you. (I'm reachable via email at Katie_Lucille@gmexpert.com!)

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    Probably way too late to have any influence for a model to be introduced so soon as I'm sure parts have been designed and sourced, Katie, but thanks for your efforts.

    The whole point is, the V Series needs to be distinctive and have a visual presence that turns heads. It's a big part of why we'd buy it. Under the skin, the current ATS platform is a great start, but just adding a mesh grill and fatter tires will not sufficiently meet enthusiasts' expectations. Maybe taking a page or two out of the C7's apparent success with prospective buyers is in order.

    Thanks, again, Katie.
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