2017 Cadillac ATS 'Carbon Black' Aims to Impress Enthusiasts
The Cadillac ATS has been a perfectly fine automobile since it debuted in 2013. Though, it really hasn't yet managed to win over the hearts and minds of enthusiasts—mostly because Cadillac hasn't gone out of its way to show enthusiasts how much it cares. But like a breath of fresh air, the Carbon Black sport package available on the 2017 ATS looks to be the first step towards showing these obsessive types that you don't have to shell out for an ATS-V to get a driver-oriented Caddy. What does the Carbon Black package bring to the table? You'll surely have noticed the Black Chrome grille in the photo above and After Midnight finish on the wheels below. This takes care of the number one thing that the all important millennial consumer base hates: chrome. Bright, shiny, tacky, chrome. RELATED: See Photos of the 450-Horsepower Cadillac ATS-V
Further exterior upgrades included with the sport package come in the form of black finish side window moldings, body-colored door handles, and a spoiler borrowed from the V-Series.
Inside you'll find low gloss carbon fiber interior trim and Recaro bucket seats up front, just like in the ATS-V. Color choices for the interior remain the same Jet Black or Light Platinum, both of which look great on the Recaros.
By now you might be thinking, "that doesn't seem like much of an 'enthusiast special.'" And you're not wrong. But because the Carbon Black package is available on the Luxury trim and above, that means you can get an ATS with a 6-speed manual, a decently potent powerplant and Recaros, without stepping up to the V. That might not seem like a huge deal—but believe me, it is.
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On top of the exterior and interior upgrades, the 2017 ATS now comes standard with the 2.0-liter turbo four which bests all the other turbo fours in the segment. 272 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque available for you to play with via a snappy 6-speed manual, in a car that can be optioned with Magnetic Ride Control? Yes, please.
Pricing has yet to be announced, but at the time of writing this, the 2016 ATS Turbo Luxury starts at $37,335 in rear-wheel drive, and the similar Black Sport appearance pack runs $3,570. It's not a stretch to imagine that you'll be able to get an 2017 ATS Turbo Luxury Carbon Black for around $44,999, and it's certainly less of a mouthful to just call it the "enthusiast special".
Now then, about fixing that late 90s style gauge cluster...
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