When the Cadillac CTS dropped onto the market, it was available in a variety of versions, including a sedan , a coupe , and a station wagon . Now, the same recipe for success will be applied to the new ATS . Cadillac will first put out a sedan and a coupe version, but a station wagon version and a convertible are also said to be in the mix. Why? Well, Americans need cheaper alternatives to German coupes and Cadillac is ready to deliver just about anything we’re looking for in order to pick up sales. They have the platform to build on and will more than likely make sure they get their money’s worth on it.
The upcoming ATS Coupe will be revealed for the 2014 model year and will borrow just about everything from the sedan version, except for the sedan’s two rear doors. It will get the same active shutter grille, LED-infused headlights, chrome trim, vertical taillights, and integrated trunk spoiler. Other minor changes will make the Coupe a sportier rendition of the sedan.
The ATS Coupe will be built on the same rear-wheel-drive Alpha platform and will be offered with the same engine line-up as the sedan: a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder with 200 horsepower, a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder with 270 horsepower, and a 3.6-liter, V-6 with 318 horsepower. The engines will be combined with either a six-speed manual transmission or an automatic transmission. There will also be an option for an all-wheel-drive system.
BMW and Audi better start prepping themselves for some competition.
Updated 11/25/2013: According to a report coming from Edmunds, the ATS Coupe will be officially unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and will be put on sale later in the summer of 2014.
Cadillac seems to be just about done filling in all of the blanks in their popular CTS model , so it was high time for them to provide some definitive details on their next project: the ATS . Prepared to slide in right below the CTS and all of its variants, the ATS should be debuting in sedan form in 2012. That’s all fine and dandy, but we are much more interested in the variant following that unveiling with the ATS-V in 2014.
First rumored in 2008 , the ATS is ready to go and will be built on GM’s new Alpha platform with a rear wheel drive system. Its design will be inspired by Cadillac’s Art and Science design language which "incorporates sharp, sheer forms and crisp edges — a form vocabulary that expresses bold, high-technology design and invokes the technology used to design it."
The ATS-V was first thought to carry a 470 horsepower V-8 engine as found in the CTS-V , but worried that the car would then take sales away from its bigger brother, Cadillac opted for a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 that will produce around 380 horsepower. The engine will be mated to a six speed manual or automatic transmission and the combination will get the ATS-V coupe to 60 mph in under five seconds with a top speed of above 170 mph. This engine choice fits in nicely with the ATS-V’s biggest rival, the BMW M3 , but Cadillac may need to up the ante in terms of power for the competition to be a bit stiffer. The future M3 will produce around 450 horsepower and should get to 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds, but top speed will be electronically limited to 155 mph.
The full line of ATS models should cover a sedan in 2012, the ATS-V and Coupe in 2014, and an ATS-V Convertible in 2015. Stay tuned for more details!
Update 8/23/2013: Per a report from Car and Driver, the new ATS-V will not use either of the two earlier rumored engines — 470-horsepower V-8 or a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6. Rather, this new lightweight performance sedan will carry the same 420-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-6 powerplant as the CTS Vsport. Given the 321-horsepower V-6 engine sprints the ATS to 60 mph in a scant 5.7 seconds, we estimate the ATS-V with the turbo V-6 doing the same sprint in about 4.5 seconds.
This luxury sport sedan has lofty goals on its sculpted shoulders: take down the BMW 3 series and establish Cadillac as the go-to choice among entry-level luxury sedan shoppers. These demanding buyers want exterior presence, interior quality and better-than-German performance characteristics for their $40,000.
What hasn’t been said about the Cadillac ATS that launched for 2013 on an all-new chassis, including turbocharged four-cylinder, V-6 and AWD options?
The ATS is rear-drive by default and includes some headline tech to win a segment where Cadillac has never been successful before. Perks like Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system, Brembo brakes, a limited-slip diff and third-gen Magnetic Ride Control are all without equal from the latest BMW , Audi and Mercedes rivals.
The ATS packs all the mechanical variations of the BMW 3 series and was explicitly benchmarked against the Bimmer for all levels of refinement, space and performance. In its first full year in a new segment for Cadillac , the ATS is a huge hit with 2013 year-to-date sales of over 20,000 units. This is a huge achievement, despite being only about 40 percent of BMW’s total 3 series volume for the same period.
The ATS Turbo is the top seller and comes with rear-drive or AWD and a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes. It is priced between the base 2.5-liter RWD auto and the optional 3.6-liter V-6 auto, which comes in rear or AWD configurations.
Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Cadillac ATS sedan with highlights on a handful of new features and options.
As we all know, all cars and trucks undergo some serious testing before they hit showrooms, but few take the sort of abuse that the all-new Cadillac ATS has taken. Cadillac starts the ATS’ testing by putting its engine on a high-speed motor to make sure its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine can handle high rpm for long periods of time. It then moved to the heat chamber to make sure the car can take the most extreme temperatures planet Earth has to offer. Later comes the “shaker,” which jostles the chassis around to verify everything responds as it should. Finally, the ATS ends up on the suspension test track that forces it to take on some of the most violent bumps and dips you’ll ever encounter on the road.
Well, since the 2013 ATS obviously passed these tests with flying colors, Cadillac decided to see if other luxury items could do the same. However, Caddy is confident the likes of the 3 Series and C-Class can’t hang with it, its testers put non-automotive luxury items to the test to see if they can hang.
In the above video, you’ll get to see a fancy grandfather clock take on the high-speed motor, only to “crack” under the pressure; a cake try to tackle the heat chamber, but have a complete “meltdown”; a fancy dining room hit the shaker only to have everything come crashing to the ground; and a grand piano take on the suspension test track only to see its dreams of beating the ATS fall to pieces.
We promise, this is one video that you won’t want to miss.
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In the modern era, cars are all tested in controlled conditions with all of the variables that can affect performance well within the control of the engineer. Now, that’s no fun, is it?
Cadillac has bucked this trend with its new ATS, which offers up awesome performance, stunning handling and superior fuel economy. Yeah, this certainly isn’t your granddad’s Eldorado. Above, you can see a video that shows you just how Cadillac put the ATS through some serious testing.
The ATS hit the Dadès Gorge in the Atlas mountains and tackled its 100 switchback turns to test out the ATS’s Brembo brakes; took on the Circuit de Monaco at Monte Carlo to squeeze the maximum 272 horsepower from its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine; faced the intense “living winds” of Patagonia with its sleek aerodynamics; and even hit the Guoliang Tunnel in China at high speeds to prove its Magnetic Ride Control suspension is capable of handling its ever-changing road surface with grace. The ATS passed each and every onel with flying colors.
This is only part of the reason that it was voted the 2013 North America Car of the Year. It also receives high marks because of its sleek and functional design and top-level luxury .
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Now that we know the next-generation CTS will make its world debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show next month, we can also expect a new-generation CTS-V. First details on the model suggest it will be powered by a new forced-induction version of the new LT1 V-8 engine we have seen in the Corvette Stingray. Rumors suggest that Caddy is developing both a twin-turbo and a supercharged variant of this engine and one of them will be used in the CTS-V.
The ATS-V on the other hand will get a twin-turbo V-6 engine, while a V-8 version could still be offered in some kind of "ATS-V Plus" version.
Now, it’s time for a bad news: it looks like the idea of a new flagship sedan built on the Omega-platform has been dropped. It is also very possible that we will not to see a coupe and station wagon variant for the next generation CTS.
Also, it is very possible to see a new Cadillac naming strategy in the near future, because it looks like clients aren’t very happy with the current names offered by the company.
Ever since Cadillac unveiled the ATS , everyone expected to see the same treatment Caddy applied to the CTS , meaning the addition of more body variations. It looks like what was once simple speculation has just become a sure thing.
In a recent interview at the Detroit Auto Show, Robert Ferguson confirmed that an ATS Coupe is indeed under construction. In fact, selected journalists already saw the first concept version back in 2009. He describes the ATS as a great car and some variations of it are a must.
What we will not see in the lineup is a station wagon and a convertible. How about an ATS-V? No comments here yet, so we still can hope. Ferguson also confirmed that the European market will get a diesel-powered ATS, so there will be an ATS for every taste in the upcoming years.
What we can safely assume about the ATS Coupe is that it will be offered with the same engine lineup as the sedan: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 200 horsepower, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 270 horsepower, and a 3.6-liter V-6 with 318 horsepower.
During this year’s SEMA show, D3 was back in full force again, presenting a new program for the Cadillac ATS , which includes a new body kit. This kit consists of a revised front bumper, side skirts with optional air foils, a new roof spoiler and a rear deck lid spoiler. All these parts were built by D3 itself and comes with OEM mounting points.
On top of all the aesthetic upgrades, D3 also treated the ATS with some mechanical upgrades, including installing an adjustable coil-over suspension system that can be lowered and the spring rate adjusted to the driver’s preference or track. The ATS’ suspension system also received an aftermarket lowering module that consists of two settings — "Street" or "Competition” — to help give it an extra edge in the twist. Finally, the standard air intake was also replaced by a genuine bolt-on D3 air-intake system.
These upgrades may look subtle now, but rest assured, D3 has something in store for all of us. It has built a reputation as one of the best Cadillac tuner in the world.
Pretty high expectations, sure, but D3 has earned it.
Back in late July, we received word that the ATS , Caddy’s 3-series fighter, was heading into production after lengthy speculation. At that time, apparently Cadillac had shipped the first-built ATS to a dealership, but its plans with this first model were never revealed. All we received was the canned “for later use” response about this first-production car.
We knew that the first-produced ATS would not be sold in the typical dealership and we were thinking that maybe GM would archive it somewhere, but we actually just found out that it is going to a better cause. GM is auctioning this first-run ATS off at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas event on September 20th through the 22nd.
It being auctioned isn’t the big deal, as GM has decided to donate the car to the auction and Barrett-Jackson will waive all of its commission fees, which means 100 percent of the sale will go to benefit Team Joseph, a charity that benefits Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Needless to say, this is a honorable act of kindness by two giants in their respective industry and the second time GM has stepped up to auction off a car for charity. This one, however, seems like much less of a smokescreen than the last auction .
This time, we think a tip of the hat is in order for GM and Barrett-Jackson. It’s nice to see an American automaker in recent years stepping up and showing it is willing to give back to its customers, especially one that is still in recovery mode after almost going completely belly up just a few years ago.
While the estimated auction value of the Premium-trimmed ATS is unknown, we do anticipate it pulling in much more than the $47,795 MSRP for a 320-horsepower ATS. It may even crest the $100K mark.
Click past the jump to read Cadillac’s full press release.
After tons of speculation, rumors, reports, possibilities, and finally confirmation, the Cadillac ATS is finally a production vehicle. At GM’s Lansing Grand River plant, the production of the much-anticipated ATS sports sedan has finally begun, but don’t expect to see the ATS in showrooms any time this month. GM doesn’t expect to start delivering its newest addition until next month. Our estimation would be around mid-August, given the late start it got in July. Overseas delivery, on the other hand, will be shelved until later in 2012, but it will definitely make it into the global Cadillac market.
In order to bring this 3-Series competitor to Cadillac, GM had to dump $190 million into its Lansing Grand River factory. This just shows how focused GM is with its remaining brands and that it refuses to allow anymore core brands – GMC , Chevrolet , and Buick and Cadillac – to go the way of the Oldsmobile , which died at the tender age of 106 years old on April 29, 2004.
Now we just have to sit back and see if this sedan is the Mercedes and BMW compact sedan competitor that GM has been looking for, or if it is just going to be another Cimarron or Catera that gains infamy from its sub-par design and quality. With engines ranging from a 200-horsepower 2.5-liter engine to a 318-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine, and sitting on a time-tested Alpha platform, we definitely anticipate success for the ATS.
We still have yet to hear official word on an ATS-V variant, that could boast a boosted 6-cylinder of a V-8 engine. That could really toss Cadillac into the mix, giving it a competitor for the M3 .
We’ll keep you updated as more information rolls down the pipe on the new ATS.