2013 Cadillac ATS: It's No Brougham
April 4, 2013
Our long-term 2013 Cadillac ATS has a 272-horsepower, turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. This 1979 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham de Elegance that I found last weekend, has a 7.0-liter V8 that produced 195 horsepower when it was new. There aren't too many people that are comparing these two Caddys, but I enjoy looking at the stark contrast between two automobiles that share the same badge.
In 1977 the Cadillac Fleetwood was 'downsized' and lost more than 12 inches of overall length, making it a scant 221 inches from bumper to bumper. Even at this decreased size, it's 40 inches longer than our ATS and larger than every Cadillac sedan on the road today. The only Cadillac that even comes close in the current lineup is the Escalade ESV at 222.9 inches (an inch longer).
If you've ever had the pleasure of riding in an older Cadillac, you know they float, glide and cruise over everything. There's no sense of urgency and you definitely don't arrive anywhere early.
Our 2013 Cadillac ATS is very different in size and in the feelings it provides. It's composed, taut, light and fun. It can get your adrenaline going and provide thrills. Sure, Cadillac still makes big comfy sedans like the XTS but I'm all for going smaller and sportier. Who knows, maybe Cadillac will keep up the good work and produce an ATS-V?
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 6,230 miles