The new 2013 Cadillac ATS is a very important car for the brand as it is the first to compete with the likes of the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Things are off to a good start so far with much buzz already built around the new ATS.
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Cadillac has now announced that the new ATS with a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine and an automatic transmission will have an official curb weight of 3,315 pounds – making it lighter than all of its German rivals.
“Being quick and agile are highly valued qualities in the compact luxury sport sedan segment,” said David Masch, ATS chief engineer. “We designed and engineered ATS’s all-new vehicle architecture to deliver a spirited driving experience that builds on Cadillac’s sport heritage and success with its performance-tuned CTS-V.”
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The 2013 Cadillac ATS with a 3.5 liter V6 and 6-speed automatic weighs in at 3,461, allowing it turn from 0 to 60 mph in a quick 5.4 seconds.
How is it so light? Cadillac says that its engineers used an aluminum hood and front suspension parts, magnesium engine mount brackets and natural-fiber door trim panels to reduce the weight of the ATS. They also cut weight in the rear suspension by using straight steel links with mass-reducing holes instead of using aluminum.
Can’t wait to drive one of these.
– By: Omar Rana