The Cadillac ATS brakes should be great — proven Brembo brakes and light weight make for good braking dynamics. Cadillac issued a nice release featuring the Brembo performance braking system on the upcoming Cadillac ATS. Good, makes sense to keep the chatter going until the ATS gets to the showrooms.But the photo caption of the article mentions: “When equipped with Brembo brakes, ATS’s estimated stopping distance from 60-0 mph of 129 feet is among the best in the class,”
It is? No. The Cadillac ATS brakes take 109 feet to stop from 60-0, just like the BMW 335i.
Looks like the press release needs an update; the Cadillac ATS brakes are better than advertised. Go figure.
Brembo brakes are preferred because they are multi-piston caliper brakes. What that means is you can enjoy more even and predictable braking. It also means that the brakes can be more effective — leading to shorter braking distances.
Why do the Cadillac ATS brakes come from Brembo?
Brembo brakes were first used on the Cadillac V-Series, or high performance products. In fact, the Current Cadillac XTS and Cadillac ATS have a lot of V series characteristics — performance suspensions, performance brakes. So although an XTS-V is not planned, the premium model of XTS brings everything a traditional V series would except the power plant.
Now that the Cadillac ATS brakes, bring on that V-power
Cadillac does plan to bring out an ATS-V, perhaps as soon as next year. The ATS-V hopefully will bring the performance power and we’ll have another race car in the V-stable.