Automobili Turismo e Sport introduces the new ATS GT at Salon Privé

Article by Christian A., on September 6, 2017

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.

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THE NEW ATS SET TO AMAZE CROWDS

Just a few days ago a beautiful 1964 ATS 2500 GTS took home the prestigious “Rolex – Best of Show – The Quail” during the famous Monterey Classic Car Week in California, the annual series of events that culminates with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The fifty year old ATS GTS, owned by American collector Bruce Milner, overshadowed the other 235 cars, validating the quality and beauty of a true Italian Gran Turismo of the sixties.

What best way to relaunch the ATS brand?
As a matter of fact ATS is back on the automotive scene to astonish once more, 53 years later with an exclusive beautiful GT that has been unveiled on August 31 at Salon Privé, the most prestigious event in London dedicated to the cars of yesterday and today.

The ATS GT supercar, the first product of the “new” ATS brand, a true manufacturer that is developing and building its cars in the outskirts of Torino thanks to the passion of entrepreneur Daniele Maritan and designer Emanuele Bomboi.

Pushed by a powerful V8 bi-turbo (available with 650 and 700 hp) paired with a 7-speed transmission and built with abundant use of composite materials, the ATS GT carries some state of the art technological solutions. The V8 pushes the car from 0 to 60mph in 3 seconds allowing for a maximum speed of more than 206mph.

The three driving modes, Viaggio, Sport and Corsa, significantly change the dynamic behavior of the car, transforming its nature and the feel the driver receives.

Each mode acts on the suspension’s set-up, on the gearshift speed and on the engine’s power output, to lift the car to its maximum performance levels.

But the new ATS GT is turning heads also, if not above all, for its enticing aesthetics and beautiful design, for the proportion of its volume and the elegant lines, modern but at the same time tied to the tradition of the great Gran Turismo cars of the sixties, a generation of vehicles that permanently marked the history of automotive design.

Source: ATS

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