More than a year after introducing the widely acclaimed ATS GT prototype at the at the luxurious Salon Privé exhibit, Automobili Turismo e Sport (ATS) has finally presented the final and production version of the supercar – the new ATS GT Launch Edition -- at the prestigious 2018 Monterey Car Week at The Quail.
The ATS GT Launch Edition takes inspiration from the 1964 ATS 2500 GT, a small coupe designed by Franco Scaglione, developed by ATS co-founders Giotto Bizzarrini and Carlo Chiti, and built more than 50 years ago. Back then, ATS only built 12 examples of the 2500 GT. As it seeks to honor the original model, ATS is also building 12 examples of the new GT Launch Edition.
Designed by ATS chief designer Emanuele Bomboi, the new ATS GT Launch Edition boasts of an aerodynamic bodywork -- made of carbon fiber – that reinterprets the original design of the 2500 GT. It features unique side-blades and seemingly floating rear lights. These rear lights are designed to extract the hot air from the engine bay. The GT Launch Edition makes use of the company’s Sistema-Trio hand-welded titanium with mufflers.
In addition, the ATS GT Launch Edition features the OLED logo in turquoise color, touchless handle, as well as super-light forged aluminum wheels with spokes in distinctive unfinished look.
Inside, the new ATS GT Launch Edition takes inspiration from the simplicity and minimalistic style of classic Italian cars. This is why this creation features minimal and simplified interior switches for the on-board systems. The GT Launch Edition comes installed with the Cuore driver-car interface that can be activated by a single switch on the tunnel console. It employs two knobs that allow the driver to adjust the engine, suspension and gearbox response in three different maps: Viaggio, Sport and Corsa. Two aeronautical switches are also meant for selecting between manual or automatic transmission, and for activating the rear wing
Moreover, the new ATS GT Launch Edition comes with an external ultra-thin digital high-resolution TFT cluster, as bordered by a fully milled aluminum frame. It also features the patented ATS Shiftknob and Gearlever with a fully milled open linkage design.
Underpinned by a state-of-the-art carbon fiber chassis, the ATS GT Launch Edition is powered by a 3.8-liter V8 engine which standard output is set at 730 hp. When a customer wants more power, he or she may avail of the optional ATS Corsa Package, which increases the max output to 830 hp or even more. To match this power, a customer may also avail of the optional Brembo ATS GTR carbo-ceramic brakes.
The new ATS GT Launch Edition can be ordered at a starting price of €740,000 ($850,000), excluding VAT. Only nine examples are left to be ordered, as three have already been sold.