For car enthusiasts who happen to be wrestling fans, the BMW 3 Seriesí rein as the king of compact luxury sport sedan is like The Undertakerís undefeated streak at Wrestlemania. All opponents have come and all have failed so far. Now comes a new opponent in the form of the all new Cadillac ATS, which was recently launched at the 2012 Detroit Motor Show.
According to Cadillac, the ATSís handling has been honed at NŁrburgring to ensure that its handling is more than a match for the best in its Class Ė The BMW 3 series. The ATS benefits from a rear wheel drive system, a near 50-50 front/rear weight distribution and Cadillacís first lightweight five-link rear suspension. A driver-adjustable sport suspension with magnetic ride control real-time damping is available as well. Other goodies that enhance its 3 series fighting capability include limited slip differential, Brembo brakes, ZF variable-assist steering system and an optional all-wheel drive system. The model weighs less than 1,542 kg thanks to an aluminum hood, magnesium engine brackets and natural-fiber door panels. Cadillac claims that its weight is the lowest in its class.
The ATS is equipped with 3 all-aluminum direct injected engines. These include a base 2.5L naturally aspirated four cylinder with 200hp and 255Nm of torque, a 2.0L turbocharged four cylinder with 270hp and 353Nm of torque, and a range topping 3.6L V6 with an output of 318hp and 362Nm of torque. The horsepower and torque figure of the 2.0 turbo version are above those of the 2012 BMW 328i. These engines can be mated with a 6-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
The interior features Cadillacís new CUE infotainment system with an eight inch touchscreen display and bluetooth/USB/SD Card connectivity. Other highlights include a digital instrument cluster, a Bose audio system and optional GPS navigation.
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