• Jan 19, 2011
Spy Shots: Cadillac ATS mule – Click above for high res-image gallery

Cadillac has made it clear it plans to enter the rarified air generally reserved for such finely tuned machinery as the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class with the same verve and gusto it's done with its CTS. And the vehicle it hopes will earn them entrance into the hotly contested market is the upcoming ATS.

We know General Motors will attack the small end of the premium market with a multi-tiered approach, including engines packing four, six or eight cylinders. A new document that surfaced on Cheers & Gears seems to indicate just such an approach, culminating in a fire-breathing ATS-V with a 6.2-liter pushrod V8 engine sending 470 horsepower and 438 pound-feet of torque through either a six-speed automatic or manual gearbox.

Moving down a notch will reportedly get you the same 3.6-liter direct injected V6 engine that powers the bulk of Caddy's CTS models; 330 horses and 280 lb-ft will be routed through an eight-speed automatic transmission. According to the supposed spec sheet, that combo should net 20 miles per gallon in the city and 30 on the highway using regular-grade gas.

Finally, the rumormill swirls with talk that a turbocharged four cylinder displacing 2.0 liters and putting out 270 horsepower and 250 lb-ft will serve as the base engine for the ATS, mated up to an eight-speed automatic. Naturally, that combo will serve as the fuel mileage leader, managing an estimated 22 city/32 highway rating, though it's likely to require premium gas.

Certainly, all of this information is to be taken with a suitably sized grain of salt (mayhaps the whole shaker?), but it is in line with what we've been hearing for the last year or so. In any case, we ought to find out all the details in due time – Cadillac's ATS is expected to hit the market no later than the latter half of 2013 as a 2014 model.



[Source: Cheers & Geers via Motor Authority]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Please GM/Cadillac get this right!! An ATS-V would be the perfect gift once I'm done with Grad school...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Holy wheel gap Batman! lol but seriously this car is some good potential for caddy in the future. keep it reasonably priced and it should be pretty hot.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's a mule. CTS body on an ATS development chassis; it will never look right until they actually get the ATS body on the ATS chassis.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm anxious to see the ATS...I expect this to be the best effort yet by Cadillac, and the powerplant options sound quite nice. This may replace my '06 BMW 330i. But...WHAT'S TAKING THEM SO LONG! Another year and a half at least? Did the bancruptcy delay this?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, they better not use the current M3 to bench mark this 'cause by time it comes out there will be a new one. They better overshoot the current AMG C class as well. Audi doesn't seem to be keeping up on the performance side but that will probably change too.
        • 3 Years Ago
        My question is not if GM/Cadillac can make a performance car. One needs only look at the Corvette for that. The question is if they can deliver a car on par performance wise while not giving up the comforts people expect in a luxury car.

        One of the universal complaints of the Corvette is the seats. While people will abide a Corvette not having a super comfy interior since its a sports car, the general public won't be quite so understanding of a "luxury car" having few amenities, and bad ergonomics.

        We shall see. I'm really excited to see what they do with this. The CTS was a big step in the right direction.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow 76hp/liter is very impressive for a pushrod engine. It's also most likely smaller and lighter than most DOHC V8s. I don't know of any other OHV engine that can produce this kind of specific output. In fact it would even beats Infiniti's DOHC, direct injection, VVT engine from the M56. Good job GM.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I completely agree with you on this one. Sadly engine weight and efficiency (joules per gallon) are not always available, if at all. As a general rule OHV engines are lighter than DOHC of equal displacement. They also take up less space. Smaller and lighter are usually good things. Specific output is just a vague way to measure state of tune and you are right it says nothing about efficiency. As for fuel efficiency I think it's fair to say that any engine producing 470hp will drink like a fish, no matter its displacement.
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's good and all... but horsepower per liter of displacement is a completely useless metric. What good does it do when a 2.0L i4 from the Evo (the lighter car no less) drinks more fuel than a 5.0L V8 from a Mustang or a 6.2L from a Camaro with both cars making significantly more power. Or in the case of the M3, the old i6 had similar hp/liter but was around 40lbs heavier, made less peak power and had similar mileage.
        A good way to measure how efficient (in every way) an engine is at turning stored energy of gasoline into kinetic energy is a combination of physical size, weight, power output, and fuel consumption. Does it really matter if it has four or two valves per cylinder... twin turbos, supercharger or natural aspiration... six or twelve cylinders... two or six liters of displacement... all those things are sort of irrelevant in the end.
        Granted a V12 is much smoother than a V6, and naturally aspirated engines are harder to tune than turbocharged ones... but that's not what most horsepower per liter arguments are about.

        /sorry for rant, but hp per liter arguments get to me sometimes...
      • 3 Years Ago
      interesting...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't think I'd want a 6.2L pushrod V8 in my M3 fighter The V6 option sounds good.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree, the next gen M3 won't even be a V-8. I liked the twin turbo ATS rumors better. Turbos are infinitely more tunable than even the stalwart small block V-8.
        • 3 Years Ago
        How so... it's physically smaller and may even be significantly lighter than the M3 V8...
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you build it, I will come!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm waiting on the "It looks just like a CTS" comment.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Like I mentioned in that other thread, the BTS was a 1/2-ass SAAB-based Cadillac only for Europe. I don't think SAAB has any RWD platforms, so it was FWD and it was probably quite a few years old.
      • 3 Years Ago
      DO WANT.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is just fantastic news.

      And to think people wanted GM to die a few years ago...
        • 3 Years Ago
        An ATS with a 6.2l making 470 hp is competing squarely with the AMG C63 and the BMW M3.

        I guess we can conclude that GM is serious about Caddy V going after the big boys!

      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds like a great lineup.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ Sunzmobile,

        I with you on the Converj body style for the ATS, it seemed like the perfect compliment to the Cadillac lineup and the proportions were just right for a small sporty coupe and sedan.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I really just want to see it! :) .. i hope it looks similar to the converj concept.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good. GM did it right. I'm glad the base engine is a turbocharged I4 and not the relatively anemic 3.0 L V6 currently found in the CTS & SRX. And I'm REALLY excited about the prospects of a monster V8 engine in there too.
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