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    Post Cadillac News: Spy Shots: Cadillac ATS hits the test track

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    Look what the spies have caught. Fresh from our time in the nothing-else-looks-like-it Cadillac CTS Coupe, comes these furtive shots of what we think is the upcoming Cadillac ATS. We've heard different rumors, but the dedicated BMW 3 Series fighter will either show up in 2013 as a 2014 model, or 2014 for the 2015 model year. Whenever it shows up, the ATS will be riding on a smaller version of GM's new/upcoming Alpha platform, the same basic RWD chassis that will also underpin the third generation CTS as well as the next Chevy Camaro.

    We've taken a long, hard look at these spy shots, and have concluded that whatever sits under the CTS shell has had its wheelbase shrunk, leading us to believe this is in fact an ATS mule. The wheels are far too close to the passenger compartment. The other giveaway are the two places to insert fuel. At first we thought perhaps this is an XTS prototype and that the second orifice was (maybe) because of the new big Caddy's plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain. However, we think the vestigial door in the photographs is actually there because of the shortened chassis of the ATS. Also, GM will be placing PHEV plugs on the driver's side for convenience. We've also heard nothing about an ATS PHEV, though an ATS Hybrid has been rumored.

    As for the mule in these pictures, here's hoping whatever's under there is worthy of all six ducks.


    Gallery: Spy Shots: Cadillac ATS or XTS?


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    Re: Cadillac News: Spy Shots: Cadillac ATS hits the test track

    That CTS shell sitting over the smaller chassis looks hilarious. Looks like they've gone to a lot of effort to keep the styling hidden.
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    Re: Cadillac News: Spy Shots: Cadillac ATS hits the test track

    That's definitely XTS to me. It looks bigger and longer than the CTS does.

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    Re: Cadillac News: Spy Shots: Cadillac ATS hits the test track

    Huh? That's an unmodified CTS shell with a smaller car stuffed underneath it. If the wheelbase of the car underneath is shorter than that of the CTS, it's definitely an ATS.
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    Re: Cadillac News: Spy Shots: Cadillac ATS hits the test track

    Look at the roof in the other pictures, and the doors from the rear angle. It's definitely modified.

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    Re: Cadillac News: Spy Shots: Cadillac ATS hits the test track

    Those are the standard 18" (maybe 17") wheels on the CTS, are they not? Use that as a reference and measure the distance from wheel hub to wheel hub. That should give you an idea of how long the wheelbase is, and which concept it is.

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    Re: Cadillac News: Spy Shots: Cadillac ATS hits the test track

    Quote Originally Posted by Stingroo View Post
    Look at the roof in the other pictures, and the doors from the rear angle. It's definitely modified.
    If the doors were modified in any way, the rising character line on the lower edge wouldn't line up. I don't know why the roof is sanded down (maybe the donor car was an old CTS mule with the ultraview, and they welded in some metal to seal it), but the doors are definitely stock.

    There's a smaller car hiding under that skin, as evidenced by the fact that the rear wheel is at the very front of the rear well, and the front wheel is at the very back of the well.
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    Re: Cadillac News: Spy Shots: Cadillac ATS hits the test track

    Quote Originally Posted by The Tony Show View Post

    There's a smaller car hiding under that skin, as evidenced by the fact that the rear wheel is at the very front of the rear well, and the front wheel is at the very back of the well.
    Also as evidenced by the narrowness: Whatever-it-is doesn't just have a shorter wheelbase than a CTS, it appears to have a narrower track.

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    Re: Cadillac News: Spy Shots: Cadillac ATS hits the test track

    Yep. The most curious thing to me in those shots is the V-style calipers on the front rotors.
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    Re: Cadillac News: Spy Shots: Cadillac ATS hits the test track

    The calipers could be significant -- are they testing an early ATS-V? -- or they could be meaningless, just parts bin bits they're using while testing something unrelated.

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    Re: Cadillac News: Spy Shots: Cadillac ATS hits the test track

    This is an ATS using an old pre-production CTS shell that's been fitted with the ATS suspension and front end. If production moves forward, the ATS will be available sooner than the article mentions. A next-gen two-mode hybrid will be available along with a V-Series version.
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    Re: Cadillac News: Spy Shots: Cadillac ATS hits the test track

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Cadillac View Post
    This is an ATS using an old pre-production CTS shell that's been fitted with the ATS suspension and front end. If production moves forward, the ATS will be available sooner than the article mentions. A next-gen two-mode hybrid will be available along with a V-Series version.
    Excellent news, all around. Are we still thinking that the V's engine will be a NA Gen5 smallblock?

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