Dealer order guides have revealed to us that the 2013 Cadillac ATS is going to be more powerful than previously thought. And while things like acceleration times, braking distances, fuel economy and Nürburgring lap times remain shrouded for now, we at least have the scoop on the sport sedan’s horsepower ratings.
With the all-new 2.5L Ecotec four pot in the base ATS, the compact Caddy will be sending 202 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque to the transmission, while the all-new 2.0L turbocharged mill will send 272 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. These figures are a couple steps higher from what was previously announced at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in January. The base 2.5L can get away with plain Jane regular fuel, but GM recommends premium-grade fuel for the turbo. Even juicier is the 321 horse, 274 lb-ft estimate for the ATS’ 3.6L LFX V6 engine. And that’s on regular-grade fuel, or E85 gasoline.
Frustratingly, one source mentioned to us that if GM were to get serious, the 3.6L V6 engine could easily produce as much as 350 horsepower or more out of the factory by tuning the engine it to run on premium fuel. And that’s without a pair of turbochargers. We should point out that the base 2.5L version will come in RWD flavor only, while the more potent engine variants offer the AWD option. And no, a manual transmission will not be offered for AWD versions. If you want to row your own gears, it’s rear-wheel-drive only, which isn’t exactly a bad thing.