Cadillac Introduces ATS Crimson Sport Edition

Special edition highlights the sporting dynamics, striking design of the ATS

DETROIT – Cadillac enhances the dynamic performance and design of the 2014 ATS sedan with a new, limited-edition Crimson Sport special edition. Produced only during the spring of 2014, the special edition sedan is characterized by its unique Crimson Red Metallic exterior paint and a collection of its sportiest performance attributes, including an available Track Package.

The Crimson Sport ATS can be had with four different interior environments: Morello Red with Jet Black accents, Caramel with Jet Black accents, Jet Black with Jet Black accents or Light Platinum with Jet Black accents. Other exterior enhancements include exclusive 18-inch Manoogian Dark Silver Premium Painted wheels; a ground effects package with color-matched front splitter, rocker moldings and rear diffuser; and an aero decklid spoiler.

Inside, upgrades include a heated steering wheel in microfiber suede, a microfiber suede shift lever and heated front seats.

Buyers can opt for the Crimson Sport Edition on either the 272-horsepower ATS 2.0T Performance Collection (with automatic transmission) or 321-horsepower 3.6L Premium Collection with rear- or all-wheel drive. Navigation, sunroof, the Driver Assist Package and Advanced Security Package are all optional. Rear-wheel-drive 3.6L models also offer a Track Package.

The award-winning Cadillac ATS sedan balances performance and refinement, wrapped in a progressive expression of Cadillac’s Art & Science design philosophy. Named 2013 North American Car of the Year, the ATS compact luxury sedan has drawn new customers to the brand and helped to continue the evolution and elevation of Cadillac.

The 2014 Cadillac ATS Crimson Sport Edition will be available in dealerships at the end of March. The limited-edition package carries an MSRP of $46,010 for the 2.0T Performance Collection and $51,010 for the 3.6L Premium Collection.

Cadillac ATS Entertainment & the Apple iPhone

Last evening we found that enjoying songs from an Apple iPhone on the Cadillac ATS Entertainment system by Bose requires that you know one thing — who is in control?

We are enjoying a test drive of a 2014 Cadillac ATS Premium model courtesy of Crest Cadillac of Plano, Texas.  Please see 2014 Cadillac ATS Test Drive and Buying a Cadillac ATS, Wife Version for more info on this test.


On a drive last evening we selected what seemed a simple task:  plug an iPhone in via USB to the Cadillac ATS and enjoy playing music from the iPhone.

In the big picture, this immediately appeared to work, simple and easy.  The entertainment recognized the iPhone as an iPod (wrong, but okay), and when we selected music to play on the iPhone, music played through the Cadillac ATS’ entertainment system.

Then we noted that the correct Artist and Song info, although visible on the iPhone, was not always visible on the ATS entertainment system (showed no artist found).  There was a place for it to show — and I should take a moment to share that I love that entertainment has become so interactive so that we can use a phone as a song database and play it in the car — but the place it should show the info shared that it didn’t know the info even through it was clear the iPhone did know.

If we selected Browse songs, it would pause for a while, then allow us to browse by Artist, or Album.  But if we selected a song on Browse, it would begin to rapidly sequence through songs, playing only a snippet then going to the next song (as if in Seek mode).

We tried a different iPhone, with different result — the song data was visible, showing Artist and Album, etc., and the music played properly from browse.

Then we closed the iPhone music player on the first iPhone, plugged it back in, and — not making any selections on the iPhone — used the Cadillac ATS entertainment system to select which song to play.  Now the song and artist information showed correctly from the first Apple iPhone as well, and everything worked as expected.

Lesson Learned?

Don’t try to control the iPhone from both the iPhone screen and the ATS entertainment system screen at the same time — just plug in the iPhone (without music playing) and then use the ATS Entertainment system touch screen to control it.

Meanwhile, the Cadillac ATS continues to impress.  We had a lovely evening out, and are enjoying the light, agile sports sedan.


2014 Cadillac ATS Test Drive

Crest Cadillac was kind enough to send over a new 2014 Cadillac ATS Premium for my Wife and I for a real-world Cadillac ATS test to make sure it would be a good fit as a next car for her.  Please read my post, Buying a Cadillac ATS, Wife Version for background.

The gallery above are iphone pics on  an overcast day.  The actual shade of the car visually is more like the exterior paint shown in the shot of the interior.  This one has a black interior as opposed to the Morello two-tone, but my Wife notes that the Morello is of interest to me and not to the perspective owner.

She approved the shade of Red, and grabbed up the key fob to wheel us off to breakfast.  The magnetic suspension dealt with everything we threw at it with aplomb.


After breakfast my friend and I took the ATS over to BJ’s Brewhouse in Allen, then to Sam’s Club in Plano.  The ATS’ trunk had plenty of room for more supplies if needed.

This example is a 2014 Cadillac ATS Premium with the 3.6L DOHC VVT DI V6.  Although some reports have suggested this engine has a hint of harshness, it seems perfectly smooth to me.  The ATS doesn’t have the core grunt that my Supercharged STS-V V8 does, but it has very competent acceleration and gets much better gas mileage.

My Wife’s first impressions are “Gotta have it” good.  Next we’ll take it out and around a bit more, and let her test the entertainment and infotainment features.