Don't be surprised. This isn't the first time we've heard talk of Cadillac looking to expand its ATS lineup beyond the new-for-2013 sedan. Earlier this year, we reported that the automaker may be looking to move its CTS Coupe and Sport Wagon models down to the ATS line, and before that, our intrepid spy photographers had caught what appears to be a high-power ATS-V out testing.

TheDetroitBureau.com points out that the biggest challenge Cadillac faces in coming up with an ATS coupe is how to create something that doesn't just resemble a smaller version of the larger CTS two-door. Of course, the larger model could just be ditched altogether in favor of a rakish new ATS variant, and while Cadillac (as usual) cannot confirm future product plans, spokespeople within the automaker were a bit ruffled when rumors of the ATS coupe's demise were greatly exaggerated.

An ATS-V is indeed more likely to show up first, though at this point, there's still apparently some back-and-forth about whether or not to throw a big V8 or turbocharged V6 under the hood. We've heard rumors of everything from a 380-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 to a 470-horsepower 6.2-liter V8, so at this point, your guess is as good as ours.

Finally, TheDetroitBureau.com reports that future ATS models aren't the only thing spinning through the Cadillac rumormill right now. Apparently, several sources within the automaker have discussed the possibility of adding a convertible to the lineup – something that has been absent since the XLR was killed off a few years ago. Something giant and grandiose like the Ciel concept is certainly an option, but who knows, maybe there's a droptop ATS variant in the works, too.


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      Bob
      • 2 Years Ago
      A couple of weekends ago the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant hosted a GM "Ride and Drive" event for the launch of the ATS. They had a number of ATSs and other GM cars available for test drive, on public roads no less, including some freeway time. I took out a base model ATS with the 2.4 and automatic transmission combo, the only choice for the base model. During the drive we got to talking and the woman said that a coupe is already in the works. And let me tell you, in person the ATS is one handsome car, and the 2.4/auto combo is more than adequate. I drove it in both full auto and manual modes, and was perfectly responsive for day to day driving. Are you gonna take Laguna Seca by storm in it? No. But it rode wonderfully, handled well, and the engine/transmission felt fine for an entry level premium vehicle. The center stack had the upgraded CUE entertainment system, and with all of the glossy black trim it will make for fingerprint hell, but that's the only thing I noticed on my short drive that I didn't exactly care for. All in all though I would say that Cadillac definitely has a hit on their hands with the ATS. Just my two cents.
        Bob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bob
        Aww crap, I meant it had a 2.5 in it, not a 2.4. 2.5 is the new 4-cylinder in the ATS, same as the new Malibu.
      Making11s
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wouldn't be surprised by coupe and convertible models. Every other car in the segment has them. Why wouldn't Cadillac?
      TrueDat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just drop the LS3 in and call it good!! lol. i fully expect GM to use a TT V6, which would probably be the better choice for performance.
      Xedicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      PLEASE please please put a V8 in the ATS-V!!! The SBC is reasonably light these days, just do it!
      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would love to see an ATS-V Coupe, just so long as they don't take the same approach they did with the CTS-V Coupe, by shortening the length of the car, giving it a short, fat, stumpy look. An ATS-V Coupe that looks like the photoshop I saw on here a couple of months ago would be quite a head stopper, imho.
        dan1malk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chris
        Don't you mean,"...quite a show turner..." ;) Seriously though, I agree. ATS-V Coupe would be awesome. This car should have a ton a variants to appeal to as many people as possible.
      Luke Wojtas
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks pretty good and could sell very well. Still not a big fan of this car. Too slab sided and reminds me of a malibu. They've toned down the overly creased look of the current CTS and made it too common looking. Interior is still a bit last gen when compared with the C, 3, and A4, but considering where cadillac was 10 years ago, its fantastic. Let's just hope they do the smart thing and give it a turbo V6 (This is probably the only time I'll ever pick forced induction over NA). A V8 will make it feel further out dated and too nose heavy, everyone else is already back to the V6 (except maybe AMG) and a V8 in this size vehicle will eat the sales of the next CTS-V because this would be quicker and cheaper since the already heavy CTS is getting bigger. The coupe could look very good, but the convertible I can't imagine being anything less than hideous however,
        Slizzo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Luke Wojtas
        "Nose heavy"?! You DO know that GM's aluminum block OHV V8s typically weigh LESS than their DOHC rivals yes? And this is WITHOUT adding the weight of turbos and intercoolers and such right? LS3 fully dressed tips the scales a little over 400LBS. Hardly heavy for what it is IMO.
        ajjones44
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Luke Wojtas
        The problem is, once you start adding the turbos, piping, and IC you might as well just have dropped an LS3 in the vehicle. The weight savings are minimal and the cost associated with the complexity of the tubo six is more. Dont get me wrong I wish GM would have kept the straight 6 that was in the trailblazer and evolved that engine the same way the LS has evolved. A straight six with DI and rectangular heads would easy get 340hp+
        Smitty1234
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Luke Wojtas
        Well you do realize that the Alpha platform (the 'A' in ATS) is going to be the platform of the next Camaro that is obviously going to have a V8 or 2 under the hood. I'm sure they've taken the consideration of engine size into consideration. Like Sizzo says, the good ol' pushrod V8's weight less than competitors "sophisticated" engines. Saying that though, the new CTS was already caught with a Twin Turbo V6 under the hood, so ya never know
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      I might be a potential customer, so they better hurry up before I buy something else. Also, if it has anything to do with the uncompetitive 6.2 I'm not going anywhere near it/ Twin turbo V6 is the way to go.
        Slizzo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        How exactly is the LS3 uncompetitive? It's quite competitive in any vehicle it's been dropped into. Lightweight, torquey, and relatively fuel efficient in the vehicles it's been housed by. Not quite sure if serious?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
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        leo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        you're out of your mind you want to buy the complexity of a twin turbo V6 in from of the simple and proven 6.2 V8 the sound alone is enough to justify the extra $400/yr on gas for me and turbo engines when you get on them a lot deliver very poor gas milage. look at any STi owner with a lead foot 16mpg is about as good as they get
      MotionDesigner
      • 2 Years Ago
      Aesthetically, I like everything about this car except the rear end. The rear taillight configuration just doesn't look aggressive or sporty at all. It doesn't give the car any type of aggressive stance when viewed from the rear. It actually reminds me of the STS a little, and not in a good way. That is my only gripe.
        Hazdaz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MotionDesigner
        I actually have to agree with this. Overall the car looks great (only seen it in photos so far), but it could have been MORE aggressive, especially seeing as how this is the smallest/sportiest member of the Cadillac family and would typically attract younger buyers. And like MotionDesigner mentioned, the rear is the worst angle - a little too bland. While the CTS has a great rear end with that sick looking integrated 3rd brake light, the ATS rear is a slight let down and its 3rd brake light looks tacked-on.
        kcroc10077
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MotionDesigner
        There was a rear picture on GM Insider (I think) and I really liked the stance. I'll try to find it and provide a link.
        kcroc10077
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MotionDesigner
        Found it. It's GM Inside News. Go down to post #7. http://www.gminsidenews.com/forums/f70/unofficial-first-drive-2013-cadillac-ats-111656/ I think the rear looks aggressive. Can't wait to see and drive the car.
          citidriver
          • 2 Years Ago
          @kcroc10077
          God, that rear end is a joke. Compared to that guys elbow, it seems really high with a slot of a rear window. Also, Chrome trim on the top edge of the bumper cap and that third brake light/faux spoiler looks straight out of an old JCWhitney catalog; tavked on and tacky. Is that a reverse light way down low? Man, immature design choices. Otherwise, I think it's the most pleasing and esthetically balanced Cadillac has at the moment.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        carfan
        • 2 Years Ago
        I think if you would know that "fotze" means "*****" in german you would finally stop using this stupid pseudonym
        Adrian
        • 2 Years Ago
        Trololololo.
      brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      GM/Cadillac could save a lot of time and money by simply making the ATS Coupe a 2-door sedan - Same roofline, trunk lid, seats, etc. It would also be far easier to make into a convertible than the CTS Coupe.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      The ATS-V vs M3 comparison will be interesting.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
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          Sir Duke
          • 2 Years Ago
          Yep, lust like it was between to CTS-V and completely destroyed M5 (V10). The CTS-V is a BETTER HANDLING car, and the ATS-V will stomp the now portly M3. the 3 Series of today is about as big as the original 5 series. It got FAT. Thor, take the blinders off, the MRS really does exist, and is superior to the conventional suspensions on the market today. Why do you thing Ferrari has been using it on their flagship for the last few years, now Lamborghini is also licensing the technology from GM. Think about that for a minute. All the engineering heft of the VAG, and they licensed suspension from GM (Delphi) for the R8 & Aventador and upcoming Estoque. http://www.thenational.ae/lifestyle/motoring/insider-says-upcoming-audi-platform-gives-life-to-the-lamborghini-estoque These types of systems are available from OEMs for several vehicles, including the Acura MDX, Audi TT and R8, Buick Lucerne, Cadillac CTS-V, DTS, XLR, SRX, STS, Chevrolet Corvette, 458 Italia, 599GTB, F12 Berlinetta and Holden HSV Commodore.[2] These systems were produced by the Delphi Corporation and now by BWI Group under the proprietary name MagneRide.[5][6] I see no BMW in there.
          vince
          • 2 Years Ago
          Thor, what metrics do matter according to you? Also, how do these two vehicles(which are not even out yet) compare according to those metrics?
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