General Motors has a lot riding on the success of the all-new 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sedan that will officially debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show in just a few weeks. Now we learn that the ATS will also be available with a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s a real powerhouse.
2013 Cadillac ATS new-generation 2.0T Ecotec engineEnlarge Photo
Our sister publication MotorAuthority has all the technical details, being privy to an advanced press presentation by GM Powertrain officials.
But what will no doubt be of interest to family car buyers looking for a luxury sedan to compete with the BMW 3-Series is that this new 2.0-liter (2.0T) twin-scroll turbocharged Ecotec four-cylinder engine, which debuts in the 2013 Cadillac ATS, will deliver 270 horsepower. That’s more horsepower per liter than the BMW M3, the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS or Lamborghini Aventador.
As MotorAuthority opines, the changes “add some hope that GM’s new performance engine for the lineup will have the sort of robustness and responsiveness of BMW’s turbocharged fours and sixes.”
The twin-scroll turbocharged engine will be built at Spring Hill, Tennessee.
When the 2013 Cadillac ATS goes on sale later next year, it will offer buyers a choice of three different engines: the all-new 2.0T, a new 2.5-liter in-line four-cylinder, and a 3.6-liter V-6. Look for all three engines to be offered with manual and automatic transmissions.
For more details on the all-new ATS, check out continuing coverage of the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.