Cadillac has delicately crafted an image of grandiose American luxury to associate with its cars, but for the all-new 2013 ATS, it’s mixing things up, Euro-style.
The ATS will compete against ultra-primed German breadwinners such as the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, in as tough a segment as there is. All of the German luxury automakers have generations of popular volume models that have cut their teeth on Germany’s famed tracks such as the Nurburgring. Not wanting to be outdone, and paying a small homage to German motoring, Cadillac sent its engineers and ATS developers to the land of the Rhine in hopes of picking up a few things that could be applied to the 270-horsepower rear-wheel-drive Caddy.
Engineers first tested the 2013 Cadillac ATS on the autobahn, and in the latest video released we can see them taking on the famed Nordschleife, or 14.173 mile “North Loop” of the Nurburgring racing complex. As Dave Mikels, the energy and powertrain integration engineer, states, “you can accomplish more in one lap around the ring, than you can running probably a dozen tracks in the U.S.” The Nordschleife provides variable driving conditions to mimic a host of different roads ATS drivers may encounter. Check out the engineers getting amped about running the loop below: