ATS-V

M2

70 to 0 MPH

154 feet

155 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the ATS-V has larger tires than the M2 Competition (F:255/35R18 & R:275/35R18 vs. F:245/35R19 & R:265/35R19).

Suspension and Handling

The ATS-V has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The M2 Competition’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the ATS-V’s wheelbase is 3.3 inches longer than on the M2 Competition (109.3 inches vs. 106 inches).

The ATS-V handles at 1.00 G’s, while the M2 Competition Coupe pulls only .99 G’s of cornering force in a Road and Track skidpad test.

Chassis

The ATS-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The ATS-V has .8 inches more front legroom and .5 inches more rear legroom than the M2 Competition.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Cadillac service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac third in service department satisfaction. With a 33% lower rating, BMW is ranked 11th.

Ergonomics

The ATS-V Automatic has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The ATS-V’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The ATS-V offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The ATS-V’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The M2 Competition has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The ATS-V’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them, but the driver can still raise and lower both of them with the lock engaged. BMW does not offer a locking feature on the M2 Competition’s standard power windows.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the ATS-V has standard extendable sun visors. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The ATS-V’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The M2 Competition’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Cadillac ATS-V has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. Wireless charging costs extra on the M2 Competition.

The ATS-V offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the ATS as the 2013 North American Car of the Year. The M2 Competition has never been chosen.

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