2013 Cadillac ATS: Track Test
December 24, 2012
Our 2013 Cadillac ATS has a 272-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder driving the rear-wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.
It's that last part that's of particular interest with our long-termer. You see, we've already tested the 2013 Cadillac ATS 2.0, but that car - a press vehicle - had the six-speed manual transmission which costs $1,180. During that test we said, "Impossible to select a consistent engine speed for launch with wildly erratic electronic throttle calibration...Shifter rejects quick gear changes at high engine speeds...Sounds like a mess, but it drives well until you ask for 10/10ths acceleration."
Still, that car managed to get from 0-60 in 6.3 seconds and cross the quarter-mile mark in 14.5 seconds at 95.9 mph.
Will the automatic fare any better? We take our long termer to the track to find out.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 1,692 miles