Guests at the luxurious Salon Privé supercar exhibit witnessed the return of legendary manufacturer Automobili Turismo e Sport as it holds the ATS GT’s official premiere last Thursday, August 31st. Presented at the event is the limited-run Italian supercar that drew inspiration from the first ATS 2500 GT of the early 60s. Carrying a $1.15 million price tag with only 12 units to be built, the new ATS GT Launch Edition is the company’s first production after being out in the limelight for more than fifty years.
ATS, or Automobili Turismo e Sport was first established in 1961 by Giotto Bizzarrini and Carlo Chiti together with some prominent members of the Scuderia Ferrari team. As former team members, its initial motivation was to beat Ferrari both when it comes to building track ready and road-going sports cars. Unfortunately, the stint only lasted for about two years and the company eventually gave up after releasing the ATS 2500 GT in 1963.
Moving on, the fabled company makes a pleasant comeback with the new ATS GT. Designed by ATS’ chief designer Emanuele Bomboi, each handmade GT supercar will be employing the most highly advanced lightweight engineering with materials consisting mostly of carbon fiber. Its design inspiration, the ATS 2500 GT, was a small coupe developed by co-founders Bizzarrini and Chiti and was built by Allemano according to the instructions of its designer, Franco Scaglione some fifty years ago.
ATS didn’t provide the exact torque figure yet but it’s been said that the 1,300kg (2866lbs) new GT supercar will come paired to a 7-speed automatic dual clutch gearbox. Other known details include Brembo carbon ceramic brakes with built in air brakes, 21-inch rear wheels and 20-inch front wheels. In addition, the company will be offering bespoke interior upgrades whilst the cabin is already decked with loads of carbon fiber elements and full leather trims mostly in Nubuck.
Inside, the ergonomically designed interior shows some neat TFT dials with G-meter and launch control. This is flanked by a Google-powered navigation system, high-end 3mm surround speakers plus a state-of-the-art gear selector. The variable driving modes consists of Tour (viaggio), Sport and Race (corsa), with each mode corresponding to the engine’s power output, gearshift speed and suspension setup.
Under the hood comes a 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine belting out approximately 690bhp (700PS). It should be noted too that ATS is looking to develop the current numbers by up to 800bhp down the line along with the addition of a more potent R variant. Given its current makeup, the GT supercar has a claimed top speed of 329 km/h (205mph); not to mention, a 3.0 second (0-62mph) acceleration, which is pretty impressive.