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2013 CADDILLAC ATS | February 24, 2012

The all out attack on German engineering continues with Cadillac unveiling their answer to the 3 Series, A4, and C-Series with the new ATS. The brand’s signature Art & Design styling loses the hard lines for smoother contours yet remains unmistakably a Cadillac.

The ATS targets the Beemer 3 in every dimension, it’s within half an inch in length, width, and height and will be “priced similarly. Its new, direct-injected 2.0-liter turbo four cylinder is one of three power plants, the others being a base 200-hp four cylinder and the familiar 3.6-liter V-6 that out muscles the four-cylinder 328i with 270 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The automatic transmission is a six-speed, for now, but an eight-speed is on the way. The real hint that Cadillac means business, though, is the ATS’s curb weight, another traditional weak spot for General Motors. With a six-speed manual transmission and the 2.0-liter turbo, the ATS weighs less than 3400 pounds, which edges out the 3406 pound 328i and significantly beats other competitors.

“We’re going to out-refine the 3-series. We’ll have similar or better performance, but we’ll have that silk glove of Cadillac laced over it,” says the ATS’s lead development engineer, Chris Berube, who worked most recently on the CTS-V.

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