In the video below, CGA Editor Ed Piotrowski takes a ride around the new Atlanta Motorsports Park in the 2013 Cadillac ATS. Cadillac Product Development Engineer Dave Mikels is behind the wheel. This video shows off the power and sound of the car’s 321-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine. It’s also equipped with the latest generation of GM’s Magnetic Ride Control.
2013 Cadillac ATS
Cadillac makes no bones about what ATS is targeting: the ~|BMW 3-Series Sedan|~. Does this new-from-the-ground-up compact hit the mark? Absolutely. The car drives exceptionally well, with great steering, plenty of grip, and good power from the turbocharged 4-cylinder and V6 engines. Dismiss the base 4-cylinder motor; it’s not a good fit for this supremely capable car. Gripes include an unaccommodating rear seat and the fact that GM’s excellent Magnetic Ride Control is only available on the top-end trim level, which is rather pricey itself. Despite that, when comparably equipped, ATS costs less than a 3-Series, is just as enjoyable to drive, and has a more sumptuous interior. Our nod goes to models equipped with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. It delivers terrific power and can be paired with a sweet-shifting manual transmission.