We told you a bit about Cadillac’s upcoming ATS in October of last year, and rumors about the new car have been all over the Internet in abundance. Now it appears that retooling for the ATS will begin in July, as the STS ends its run.
The new car should appear as a 2013 model and will feature a twin-turbo V6 with around 380 hp and a 0-60 time of less than 5 seconds. According to Leftlane, a hotter ATS-V may follow with the 6.2-liter LSA V8 and 470 hp. “Riding on GM’s new Alpha chassis, the ATS has been described as a smaller CTS-like vehicle. GM intends it to be a true competitor to the BMW 3-series. [sic]”
Some well-disguised mules have been seen testing, strongly resembling the CTS, but it’s not clear what the final version will look like. Above is Car and Driver‘s guess (from one year ago). Sedan, coupe and, later, convertible are in the works, all built on the alpha platform.
The question of what will power the ATS-V could well determine how the new V-series cars can compete with the Germans. Surely they will beat them in price. Leftlane notwithstanding, reports keep coming that the LSA engine will not be used, as the V6 provides better fuel economy, and it may be better to start small. Cadillac is going to offer 4-cylinder engines in some models.
So the ATS-V has many people drooling, but the real test will probably come first with public acceptance of the ATS cars under V6 power.
What Cadillac has accomplished in the last ten years is truly remarkable. A recent Kelley Blue Book survey gave three top spots to the brand, and it was the CTS, in my opinion, that led the way.
If the new car can repeat that success, then the M3 crowd may finally stop resting on its laurels.
Which engine finally will find its way into the ATS-V—the V6 or the V8?