Archive for the 'ATS' category
November 29, 2013 - 2:01 pm
Andy Pilgrim, of Cadillac’s racing team fame, has taken an ATS to the track for a little hooning.
November 21, 2013 - 3:36 pm
The 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe is expected to be shown publicly for the first time at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan in January.
This will set the stage for the ATS Coupe to go on sale in summer of 2014 as a 2015 model. Expected power trains may mirror the sedan though it is possible Cadillac will throw us all a curve and offer a manual transmission with more than just the 2.0T
There are no rumors yet as to when the highly anticipated ATS-V will debut (a model we know will be offered in coupe form from the most recent spy shots).
The Detroit show’s press days start on Monday January 13, but GM has a habit of showing off their most anticipated models the day before in other venues.
More details as they become available.
November 11, 2013 - 4:06 pm
Recently we fielded a question about Cadillac’s plans for an ATS Coupe.
As this recent post from Autoblog.com shows, Cadillac is actively testing a 2-door version of the ATS.
But, if that was all these shots showed, we’d be happy. But there is more to this scoop. Check out the larger wheels and tires, check out the more aggressive bodywork. What we are, in fact, looking at here is the ATS’ brawnier sibling, the ATS-V.
But, there is even more to report…
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October 1, 2013 - 7:44 pm
As you can see here, Cadillac is still selling quite a few of their cars with the brand up 9.9%. Largely this is due to the ATS which saw a 348% increase that helped offset sales drops for the CTS and Escalade EXT.
In this chart, column 1 is the Sept 2013 sales, col 2 is Sept 2012, 3rd col is the percentage change.
In the latter half of the chart we have Jan-Sept 2013, followed by Jan-Sept 2012, and the percent change.
H/T to GMInsideNews.com
September 24, 2013 - 9:41 pm
Okay, that title is designed to get your attention.
It did, didn’t it.
However, I stick to it for the following reason.
BMW just announced the new M3 sedan and it’s M4 coupe twin will pack a 3.0 liter turbo straight 6 with 424 hp and 369 lb*ft of torque.
These are impressive numbers, to be sure. However, we fully expect Cadillac to equip the, yet to be announced, ATS-V with a variant of the twin-turbo 3.6 V-6 from the CTS and XTS vSport.
In the CTS the engine packs 420 hp and 430 lb*ft, slightly less than that in the XTS to protect the transmission.
So, it is safe to assume that Cadillac we go for at the very least bragging rights by hitting 425hp or even more in a true V-Series model. The torque number will have the ATS soundly embarrassing the M cars.
Also, the ATS is a lighter car even further distancing itself from the specs of the BMW offerings.
But, I hear you crying, BMW is the ultimate driving machine. That has to count for something. Well, Cadillac’s performance wizards do have some chops of their own and technologies like magnetic ride control to deliver an amazing handler as well. I eagerly await the war of ‘Ring lap times that these two cars will launch in the near future.
BMW plans to sell the new M cars early in 2014…it would be safe to say the new ATS-V will bow at an auto show coming soon with on-sale possible not long after.
August 30, 2013 - 9:30 am
It wasn’t that many years ago that the CTS-V set a scorching lap-time at the fabled Nurburgring, in Germany of 7 minutes 59 seconds. Set by a 556hp monster of a car, it was/is decidedly not a Cadillac suited for most customers.
Enter the new Vsport trim, introduced with the 2014 CTS, packs a twin-turbo 3.6l V-6 with 420hp and an automatic transmission only (8-speeds, in this case) is aimed at CTS buyers that want sporty but not as hard an edge as the V-series model.
So, what does an automatic and 130hp fewer get you on the 12.9 miles and 154 turns of the ‘Ring?
8 minutes, 14.10 seconds. So, 15 seconds slower.
Seems to us that the Vsport is quite the car, but also it suggests some amazing things about the upcoming CTS-V (if it comes to market with similar power as before, it should destroy the previous V’s time along with the times of many other uber-sedans from the competition.
However, the Vsport also previews Cadillac’s new, higher price-point for the CTS. Vsports start at $59995 – or barely 3000 under the current CTS-V. This suggests the next V will be running in the 70k+ range to start. Not quite the bargain as before, but it will give the ATS some breathing room (the current CTS and the new ATS are way too close in price and size – the new CTS is bigger and the price-tag reflects that as well)
Similarly, we expect the ATS-V, which should pack its own version of the twin-turbo 3.6 will run sub-8 minute times as well.
It’s a good time to be shopping sporty Cadillacs.
Check out videos of the Vsport below:
With sales up 38% year over year, Cadillac is the fastest growing major auto brand in the US market.
Lead by sales of the new ATS, which is seeing 70% of its buyers coming from other brands. With the XTS sales thrown in, Cadillac saw sales of their sedan lineup 112% up over last year.
Escalade saw its highest sales since 2008.
Sales in Jan, Feb, March, April, May, and Year to Date
Sales data courtesy GMInsideNews.com