“Sweet baby cheeses.” That’s the first thought that came to our minds when reading up on the latest of just what kind of little monster Cadillac will spawn in time for the 2014 model year that will go by the name of ATS. And though it is still a few years away and a lot of development is still going on, we’re more excited than ever thanks to the latest intel disclosing the specifications and engine options for the upcoming compact sport luxury sedan.
For the base model, the ATS will cradle the turbocharged 2.0-liter Ecotec engine that’s good for 270 bhp and 250 lb-ft. of torque that will be mated to an all-new 8-speed Hydramatic transmission. Fuel economy is rated at 22 in the city and 32 on the highway and the top speed is electronically controlled at 149 mph.
Up next is an upgrade to a revised version of the popular 3.6-liter direct-injected V6 engine, giving the ATS an impressive 330 bhp and 280 lb-ft. of torque, all while returning 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway and yet again topping out at 149 mph. We will also see the same 8-speed transmission as four-cylinder.
Now for the best part. The impending ATS-V will see a revised naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 engine (the same type as the LS3) and will punch you in the face with 470 horsepower and 438 lb-ft. of twist. That’s more than the current generation than both the BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. But unlike the current LS3, it will require premium grade fuel. Additionally, the top speed will climb all the way up to a nannied 186 mph. According to the specs, we can also expect 16 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway. However, unlike the four and six-cylinder mills, the V8 will be married to a six-speed transmission. Interestingly enough, we also felt we would see some version of the 5.5L next-generation small block V8 by the time the ATS-V showed its face, but we’re perfectly fine with the 6.2-liter choice.
We also feel that this spec sheet will check out for the next gen. Chevy Camaro just as well. But considering the ATS (or next gen. Camaro) projects are far from being finished, we could see a few changes come our way by the time they roll out of the assembly plant.
Source: Motor Authority