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GM has unveiled their BMW 3 Series competitor, the 2013 Cadillac ATS. The car is based on a new, lightweight, RWD architecture which enables it to weight less than 3,400 lbs (1,542 Kg) and it will go on sale this summer.

Described as a "blend of technologically driven performance, elegance and design" the 2013 Cadillac ATS measures has been "designed with quick, nimble and fun-to-drive dynamics" and it "expands Cadillac’s portfolio into a crucial global segment".

This all-new compact luxury sports sedan features an almost perfect 50/50 weight balance, uses the company's first 5-link independent rear suspension, has a multi-link double-pivot MacPherson-strut front suspension with direct-acting stabilizer bar, with the driver being able to adjust the settings of the Magentic Ride Control.


The engines available for the 2013 Cadillac ATS include two 4-cylinder units (an all-new 2.0-litre turbo rated at 270 horsepower / 201 kW plus a 2.5-litre unit producing 200 HP / 149 kW) as well as a  3.6-litre V-6 expected to deliver 320 horsepower (238 kW).

During the development phase the new ATS was extensively tested on the Nurburgring, and some of the components that contribute to its performance are also the belt driven electric variable-effort steering gear from ZF and the four-channel ABS backed by the Brembo performance brakes.

Transmission options on the 2013 ATS include both manuals and automatics along with rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive configurations, and in terms of efficiency the 2.0T model is expected to return more than 30 mpg on the highway. 



Cadillac ATS Sedan

Body style / driveline:

4-door luxury sport luxury sedan, RWD/AWD


Unitized welded steel body with direct-mounted front cradle and rubber-isolated, multi-link independent rear suspension

EPA vehicle class:

small car

Manufacturing location:

Lansing Grand River Assembly, Lansing, Mich.



2.0L Turbo DI VVT

2.5L I-4 DI VVT

3.6L V-6 DI VVT

Displacement (cu in / cc):

122 / 1998

150 / 2457

217 / 3564

Bore & stroke (in / mm):

3.39 x 3.39 / 86 x 86

3.46 x 3.97 / 88 x 101

3.7 x 3.37 / 94 x 85.6

Block material:

cast aluminum

cast aluminum

cast aluminum

Cylinder head material:

cast aluminum

c ast aluminum

cast aluminum


DOHC, four-valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing

DOHC, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing

DOHC, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing

Fuel delivery:

direct high-pressure fuel injection

direct high-pressure fuel injection

direct high-pressure fuel injection

Compression ratio:




Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):

270 / 201 @ 5300 (est)

200 / 149 @ 6200 (est)

318 / 237 @ 6800 (est - gas)

Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):

260 / 353 @ 2400 (est)

188 / 255 @ 4500 (est)

267 / 362 @ 4900 (est - gas)

Recommended fuel:

premium recommended but not required

regular unleaded

regular unleaded or E85

Maximum engine speed (rpm):




Estimated fuel economy:






Tremec M3L TR3160

Hydra-Matic 6L45


fully synchronized six-speed manual with single overdrive

six-speed, electronically controlled, automatic overdrive with torque converter clutch

Gear ratios (:1):
























Final drive ratio:


3.27 (2.5L, 3.6L)
3.45 (2.0T)



rear-wheel drive


open (FE2 suspension); mechanical limited-slip (FE3 suspension)


MacPherson-type with dual lower ball joints and direct-acting stabilizer bar; Magnetic Ride Control (FE3)


independent five-link with monotube shock absorbers; Magnetic Ride Control (FE3)

Steering type:

ZF rack-mounted electric, power-assisted and variable assist

Steering ratio:

FE2: 16.8:1
FE3: 15.3:1

Steering turns, lock-to-lock:

FE2: 3.16
FE3: 2.86

Turn circle (ft / m):

FE2 RWD: 36.38 / 11.09
FE3 RWD: 35.99 / 10.97
FE2 AWD: 38.05 / 11.60

Chassis control:

four-channel StabiliTrak w/ brake assist and traction control



four-wheel disc with sliding calipers onbase; four-channel ABS/TCS w/ DRP; Brembo brakes with fixed calipers onLuxury, Performance and Premium collections

Rotor type and thickness (in / mm):

Standard front: 11.8 x 1.02 (300 x 26) vented, with Ferritic Nitro Carbunized process for corrosion resistance

Standard rear: 12.4 x 0.90 (315 x 23) vented, with Ferritic Nitro Carbunized process for corrosion resistance

Uplevel front: 12.6 x 1.18 (321 x 30) vented, with Ferritic Nitro Carbunized process for corrosion resistance

Uplevel rear: 12.4 x 0.90 (315 x 23) vented, with Ferritic Nitro Carbunized process for corrosion resistance


Wheel size and type:

17x8-inch aluminum (painted)
17x8-inch aluminum (polished)
18x8-inch aluminum (machined-face)
18x8-inch aluminum (polished)

Tire size:

P225/45R17 90H all-season
P225/45R17 90V run-flat all-season
225/40R18 92V run-flat all-season
225/40R18 88W / 255/35R18 90W run-flat summer-only
225/35ZR19 88Y / 255/30ZR19 91Y run-flat all-season (LPO)



Wheelbase (in / mm):

109.3 / 2775

Length (in / mm):

182.8 / 4643

Height (in / mm):

55.9 / 1421

Width (in / mm):

71.1 / 1805

Track (in / mm):

front: 59.5 / 1512
rear: 60.9 / 1548

Curb weight (lb / kg):

less than 3,400 / 1,542 (approx.)

Weight distribution (% front / rear):

51 / 49


Legroom (in / mm):

front: 42.5 / 1079
rear: 33.5 / 851

Headroom (in / mm):

front: 38.6 / 980
rear: 36.8 / 935

Shoulder room (in / mm):

front: 55.2 / 1345
rear: 53.9 / 1370

Hip room (in / mm):

front: 53.0 / 1345
rear: 52.3 / 1328


Seating capacity (front / rear):

2 / 3

EPA passenger volume (cu ft / L):

90.9 / 2573

EPA trunk volume (cu ft / L):

10.2 / 290

Trailer towing maximum (lb / kg):

1000 / 454 (3.6L)

Fuel tank (gal / L):

16 / 60.5

Engine oil (qt / L):


Cooling system (qt / L):

8.1 / 7.7 (2.0T)
7.1 / 6.7 (2.5L)
11 / 10.4 (3.6L)

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