Cadillac ATS
prototypes have been a lot more visible of late, and the future entry-level Cadillac appears to be spending a lot of its time over in Germany. Just last week, we posted a slew of cladding-free high-res ATS photos that revealed the tidy shape of the rear-wheel-drive sedan. Now we have video of the well-camo'd Caddy as it runs the famed Nürburgring – in a big, fat hurry.

Beyond the jump is very clean rolling footage of an ATS prototype as it goes hard through the corners with tires-a-smoking. If you listen hard enough, you can hear some high-revving engine notes, but with the screaming tires it's anyone's guess as to what's lying in wait under the bonnet.

With all the ATS news hitting the Interewebs of late, we're guessing the full reveal of the future little brother of the CTS isn't all that far off. Hit the jump to watch the video for yourself.



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      Michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      i absolutely LOVE the spacing of the exhaust outlets! i cant wait for this car to be released. I'm hoping they have some enticing engine offerings and a manual option as well.
      PiCASSO
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe this ATS will replace my IS350 in a few years...
      ChrisDPrice
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice moves around the track. Everyone should be pleased as punch that Cadillac looks possibly to produce something at least competitive in the CTS sense. I say at least, but there's a decent chance of extremely competitive. If it can be more pure to drive than the A4, and have a better interior than the 3-Series, it will sell well. In my opinion, of course.
      Clock
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't think there's any surprise or question as to what its packing. A V6 engine. Not my preferred choice, but it simply makes sense
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Clock
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      ramairjer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Give me the V version. Turbo six or DI 5.5L V8 please. Kthxbye.
      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 3 Years Ago
      at this point, being 'spy' filmed testing at the 'ring is a bit of a cliché, but I love the fact that they are beating the tar out of cars at that track before they're final. Bravo.
      fallen1ceb4
      • 3 Years Ago
      i think the louder V8 sound near the end where the 911 is tailing the ATS, is in fact coming from the 911...with the architecture that this Caddy is sitting on, i find it hard to believe an 8 is behind the grille...maybe a turbo 6..or however V charges the CTS (is that turbo or super?) ... remember, this is basically a buick verano, and a chevy cruze just beefed up and styled a ton to look like a Caddy.
        Reno Dillard
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fallen1ceb4
        gosh your totally wrong, this is the Alpha platform which will underpin the next generation Camaro. Its RWD
        Pucky42
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fallen1ceb4
        You have no clue what you are talking about. Cruze and Verano are fwd delta platform, the ATS and next gen CTS are on the new alpha rwd platform. The V series probably is not ready for testing yet, they don't usually launch until a model year after initial launch. It's a pretty safe bet the ATS will be rocking a V6 but no 8 cyl.
          Frisky_Dingo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Pucky42
          See above. I question the forced induction V6 thing. A V8 would be cheaper and easier. Especially since the Camaro will use V8's.
        Adrian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fallen1ceb4
        A beefed up Verano/Cruze? Please. Yeah, just like the BMW 1 Series is just a beefed up Mini. Oh, wait, they're different, too? I'm sorry, I must've just been uneducated, like yourself. /sarcasm
        Discerning
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fallen1ceb4
        Wrong. The ATS sits on an entirely new chassis and frame. The most obvious indicator of this is that it is RWD, not FWD.
          Discerning
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Discerning
          Also, the LS engines have smaller dimensions and weigh less than your typical turbo V6. That being said, the current rumors are that the ATS-V will have a turbo V6.
          Frisky_Dingo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Discerning
          Yes, but they're just that - rumors. I'm not saying it won't be a boosted 6, but I have difficulty accepting that they would use such an engine. It wouldn't make fiscal sense unless they put it in other vehicles as well. And their options for such would be limited. Not to mention they just killed off the 2.8 ft V6 that they were using. I just don't see it being a viable option. Either way, I have full confidence this will be a great car, and the V will give the M3 fits.
        popski87
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fallen1ceb4
        Please tell me you're kidding. The ATS is built on a new RWD platform designed to accommodate sixes and eights and has literally NOTHING to do with the delta 2 platform on which the cruze and verano is built on.
        Autoblogist
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fallen1ceb4
        This architecture will have to fit an 8 cylinder(Camaro). There's no reason for a V-8 in the ATS.
          tkosoccer03
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Autoblogist
          the mercedes c63 has a V8... why can't the ATS-V???
        Jsherid1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fallen1ceb4
        There is no way that a 911 is making a V8 sound, unless it is a RUF--try flat six for the 911. Regarding the platform--+1000 on what popski87 and discerning said.
        Frisky_Dingo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fallen1ceb4
        No, the sound I'm talking about what was not the 911. They make an unmistakable noise, and that 's not what I was referring to. What I heard was a V8. Not saying it was the ATS, but throughout the rest of the video, there was so much tire squealing, it was hard to really hear the engine. And if it is a V model, there's a high probability indeed it's packing a V8. The Camaro which will also be built on this platform for the 6th will pack V8's, so it's not hard to think a V variant could do the same.
      tkosoccer03
      • 3 Years Ago
      i think a lot of german fanboys here are afraid of the ATS and what it will be. there are at least a half a dozen comments on here about 'why the ATS shouldn't have a a V8.' it's not necessary, or it's too small of a car, blah blah blah. or maybe it's because you fear the ATS with a V8. the M3 can have a V8, why not the cts-v? and the c63.. that can have a V8, but not the ATS? get real folks.. there is nothing wrong with packing an LS3 or whatever into this thing. in fact, it's fuckin awesome. you know why? because it will put the 3-series and c-class to shame...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tkosoccer03
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          carfan
          • 3 Years Ago
          as i stated earlier in one of my many comments, the only decent german Fahrgefühl is when the german fritz sits on the latrine...now thats a Fahrgefühl. Your fat sitzfleisch was never in a CTS-V you german moron , how can you even comment not to mention criticize a CTS. I have to admit that I had some hope for you earlier today but you are a totally hopeless idiot. I hope your german heimatsleute are a little bit more normal...unfortunately looking at your troubled history I don't see too much normality there. Na gut arschloch,Du kannst mein Arsch jetzt lecken
          • 3 Years Ago
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tkosoccer03
        Actually, the next generation M3 will be going back to straight 6. The only V8s in this category are going to be the C63 and RS4, which both will have downsized engines.
          SYJ
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          speculation is that next gen M3 will have a turbo V6, not I6.
      Alex Fischer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh my god Cadillac! Change the look of the car a little bit! It looks good but move on. We've been seeing tiny variations on that same tired geometry since it drove down the highway in the 2nd Matrix movie. Camo can't disguise the fact that the geometry is the same.
        Chase
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex Fischer
        Germans invented the same sausage different sizes routine. Don't for a minute tell me Cadillac is doing something out of the ordinary.
        Adrian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex Fischer
        Same tired geometry? Tell that to BMW/Audi/nearly every other car company trying to establish a brand identity. Unless you're Kia and you don't have one, it's called trying to make a car brand instantly recognizable (like BMW has with their kidney grille).
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Adrian
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          Adrian
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Adrian
          Again, NissanGTR, have you looked at the Germans? And what do you mean by "their competitors"? It may have been true in the past that GM had badges that competed against each other, but the ATS has no true competitor against it from GM's other brands.
        Wonbo Shim
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex Fischer
        I might as well be watching a CTS by watching in fullscreen!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex Fischer
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        Lemon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex Fischer
        Cadillacs may look similar to other Cadillacs, but as a brand they looks vastly different than any other car. I believe that's the whole point....
      Dean Hammond
      • 3 Years Ago
      whoa...that thing is FLYING!....
        Dan R
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dean Hammond
        Woo, yeah it is. The video had my ass puckering up the way the car was diving into some of those turns. I'm glad to see they're not afraid to get a little crazy with it out there.
      Smilingoat
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love Cadillacs, dont get me wrong, but i have a bad feeling that this car is going to be a let down in the looks department. I also hope that they are not afraid to make it perform even better than its older brother. something GM has been known to do when it comes to sports cars in the past (limiting newer models for the sake of older modles... koffcorvettekoff
        dan1malk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Smilingoat
        It's going to look like a small CTS, which is a great thing. Just like the 3 looks like a small 5. The A4 look like a small A6. Hell, the Ghost looks like a small Phantom.
          Alex Fischer
          • 3 Years Ago
          @dan1malk
          Not a great thing. I like how you just pulled out 3 things that annoy the crap out of me. I'm a designer, and I can't stand when designers are so lazy. If you capture the essence of the brand, its a different matter. For example how you can recognize a Lamborghini or a BMW in an instant because they have the same form language. But when they're nearly identical, their's no individuality and its just boring.
      Foo
      • 3 Years Ago
      i've seen this car in person at a focus group and i'm truly impressed with the design of this vehicle. very tasteful use of chrome as we all know how over the top cadi's can be w/ the use of chrome. I'd seriously consider this as a euro alternative
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