The 2013 Cadillac ATS is being groomed to match the best-selling BMW 3 series, and as expected the specifications of the two rival cars are also very closely matched. Still, the 2013 ATS is made to match the 2011 3 series, not the latest 5-series. The main reason was that when Cadillac was developing the ATS, the 2011 3 series was the king of the road, with 2011 US sales of 94,371 units.
A quick look at the cars’ specs shows that they share almost similar figures. Both cars are equipped with turbocharged four-cylinder 2.00 liter engines, the 3 series with 240-hp output, 260 lbs/ft torque and the ATS with 270-hp output, 260 lbs/ft.
The weight distribution for the 3 series sedan were 50.5/49.5 with manual transmission and 50/50 with automatic, while for ATS, its 51/49 for both transmissions. The wheelbase of the cars is almost identical with 3 series at 110.6 inches and the ATS at 109.3 inches. The length and width of the cars came closer with the 3 series at 182.5 x 71.3 inches and the ATS at 182.8 x 71.1 inches.
The cars’ weight figures were 3,461 lbs for the 3 series and less than 3,400 lbs for the ATS. Cadillac will also sell the ATS in two variants -- rear- and all-wheel-drive – following BMW’s offer. The ATS also comes with a manual transmission variant when it begins rolling out of the assembly line this summer. For a closer look at the ATS, one may view a video of the car’s high-speed maneuvers at Germany's Nürburgring racetrack at Cadillac’s Web site.