Archive for the 'Rumored Models' category
November 22, 2013 - 6:30 am
The good folks at Autoblog.com got to speak to head of GM Design Ed Welburn about the possibility that the Elmiraj Coupe would see its way to Cadillac showrooms.
It is clear that Cadillac leadership would love to bring the car to market as a companion to the expected S-Class sedan fighter (rumored to be called LTS). However, Cadillac is making very careful use of GM resources to first get cars to market that will be profitable and contribute heavily to the GM bottom line.
This is why we hear that an ATS-based small crossover, below the SRX, is well into development. A small crossover might not bring in the big sacks of cash, per sale, that a halo coupe like the Elmiraj would, but makes up for it by selling in larger numbers. And, if there is anything that will give us the Cadillacs we want later, it is models now that keep the company profitable enough to fund fun models later.
But, don’t expect us to like it.
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 24, 2013 - 6:30 am
Automobile Magazine was able to get a new detail about the engine that is hidden away (in theory) beneath the hood of the Elmiraj concept that Cadillac displayed at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours. Where we heard that the engine was simply a 4.5l twin turbo V-8, Automobile is reporting that the engine is also overhead cam in design.
This eliminates the only V-8 currently offered in Cadillacs, the GM small block used in the CTS-V models.
Could Cadillac be bringing back the shelved replacement for the Northstar? That engine was supposedly well into development when GM decided to focus on direct injection V-6 and later turbo-charged variants.
Could a turbo V-8 be the mainstream engine for the Elmiraj’s production version (widely expected to be the S-Class/7-Series fighter based on GM’s Omega platform…yes, Cadillac will cheekily bookend their models with Alpha and Omega)? If so, would it be safe to assume the turbo V-8 would be the next CTS-V’s power plant of choice? Doing so would give the V-Series models an engine from the next model up’s lineup. ATS-V with the CTS vSport turbo V-6 with the CTS-V getting the Omega’s turbo V-8 (and the Omega likely not getting a true V-Series model.
We should see more hints at Omega, its power train offerings, as well as future V-Series models in the coming year.
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 20, 2013 - 6:30 am
A couple videos from Cadillac showing the new Elmiraj concept in motion.
August 19, 2013 - 8:25 pm
Cadillac debuted at the Pebble Beach Concours their strongest indication yet of the future of the brand. The Elmiraj name is a dual nod toward the classic El Dorado as well as to the El Mirage dry lake in California.
The car itself, though, is a nod to something much more interesting. Though only having two doors, it doesn’t take much squinting to see how this previews the upcoming 7-Series/S-Class competitor. Additionally, this car carries Cadillac’s now wreath-less logo (and a grill design that closely mirrors the silhouette of said shield).
As if that wasn’t enough, this concept packs the first iteration of a previously unknown and unrumored 4.5l twin-turbo V-8 packing upwards of 500hp. No word from Cadillac if this is the successor to the former overhead cam Northstar V-8 that GM shelved years ago or if this is a version of GM small-block. Displacement suggests that this is the former (taking a small-block down in displacement would be fairly inefficient given its fixed bore spacing would mean a large amount of extra metal between smaller cylinders.
Cadillac suggests that the engine shares tech with the 3.6l twin-turbo V-6 – but a 60-degree V-8 would be unorthodox…and 4.5l would suggest shared parts with an unknown 3.4l version of the 6. The technologies likely shared are the turbo system design and overhead cams with variable valve timing and direct injection. Given this soft debut, we’d expect additional details to hit soon – perhaps at the LA or Detroit auto shows this fall/winter.