Sometimes you run a blog and don’t get to drive around a brand new Cadillac for a week, and then there are those other times where you do. Luckily enough for me, last week was one of those times where you do. I was loaned a 2014 Cadillac ATS 2.0 Turbo, courtesy of the good folks at Cadillac and the Tierny Agency, so that I could review it, create content with it, and drive the hell out of it. I got together with the crew, and all three things were accomplished with this beautiful machine.
I’ll hit you with the technical aspects and review of the car in a second, but first, let me give you a little recap of what came after Fenimore and I drove down to Philly from a brief exploration of NJ flea markets and antique shops:
There are a lot of things to do with a pair of keys to a Cadillac in your hand, but in my opinion, nothing beats a luxurious and lazy Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia for the last day of my brief affair with the ATS. Now before you say or think anything about Philadelphia, let me remind you that it is both the birthplace of the cheese steak and a little place called The United States of America, so if you have anything negative to say, keep those communist thoughts to yourself.
First on the agenda, as is tradition, was brunch (read oysters) at Parc on Rittenhouse Square. I linked up with the homie Sabir Peele, creator and director of the menswear blog and shop Men’s Style Pro, and we snagged a seat outside on 18th Street (If you ever find yourself in Philly and are looking for a place to eat, I HEAVILY cosign Parc). Sabir’s got some pretty big collaborations in the works, and it was cool to get a feel for what he’s going to be rolling out over the next couple months.
After watching the Rittenhouse wealth walk by, we met up with Philly’s own Wale Oyejide, founder and designer of the menswear label Ikiré Jones, an incredible group of uniquely African-inspired, American-made, unstructured blazers and printed pocket squares. Wale was sporting a wax-print jacket from the Ikiré Jones Spring/Summer 2014 line, so we got to see a little preview there and got to hear a bit about the rest of the collection dropping in the coming season. I assure you, the collection will have you reaching for your wallet immediately.
After mandatory back-alley cigars, the customary trip to Old City was made to stop by Briar Vintage, owned and operated by David Lochner. Briar Vintage is one of the most unique vintage shops on the East coast, and David brings an unparalleled knowledge of vintage clothing to the shop’s space on 3rd street. His wardrobe is full of timeless pieces, and he maintains a silhouette that will most definitely never go out of style. David and his shop are always sources of inspiration for modern looks in my own personal style
Before we get deep into the technical review of this car, let me just say that from a design standpoint, this car is a show stopper. Looking into these headlights in the pitch black is like looking into the soul of a wild werewolf/vampire hybrid that somehow resembles Kate Upton on her best day. I think intimidatingly sexy is the phrase that I’m looking for. The lines are clean, purposeful, and swift, an honest portrayal of the car as a whole, and that Cadillac logo, boldly placed on the grill, is the visual form of a Rick Ross grunt.