Cadillac ATS Options — Build the best ATS

Cadillac now has a Build your Own planner up on the Cadillac ATS website, so let’ s make some choices for Cadillac ATS options and build the best Cadillac ATS!

Cadillac ATS options

First, I want the 2L Turbo four power train. Although the 3.6L V6 has 321 hp vs the 272 hp rating of the 2L Turbo, I feel the Turbo 4 offers better balance and more opportunities for tuning.

2.0L Turbo I4 DI DOHC Engine with Variable Valve Timing

The all-new 2.0L Turbo makes its Cadillac debut with the ATS. This dynamic engine features Dual Overhead Camshaft design, continuously Variable Valve Timing and Direct Fuel Injection for optimal performance and engine efficiency. The 2.0L Turbo boasts impressive horsepower ratings and provides peak torque through a wide RPM range, delivering immediate, responsive power in any situation. Contributing to this broad power band is a turbocharger that generates up to 20 pounds of boost with virtually no turbo lag. Drivers can choose from a sporty 6-speed automatic with tap-shift control, or the new TREMEC 6-speed manual available on rear-wheel drive models. The 2.0L Turbo powertrain produces:

  • 272 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • 260 lb-ft of torque @1700-5500 rpm

Here in Texas 2 wheel drive is good. If you live where there is more snow you may prefer AWD.

2L Turbo Premium is the all-in selection:

2.0L Turbo Premium Features

The Premium Collection ingeniously melds sophistication with athleticism. The 2.0L Turbo direct-injected four-cylinder 272 HP engine features a 6-speed automatic transmission standard, with a Tremec 6-speed manual available. Rear-Wheel Drive includes a revolutionary Magnetic Ride Control suspension, limited-slip differential, high-capacity engine cooling and performance summer tires.1 Inside, you’ll find a full-color, reconfigurable Head-Up Display (HUD), Cadillac CUE with navigation2 and a Bose® premium surround sound system.


  1. Full-color, reconfigurable Head-Up Display (HUD)
  2. CUE with navigation2
  3. 60/40 split fold rear seat
  4. Sport suspension with Magnetic Ride Control and limited-slip differential
  5. High-capacity engine cooling
  6. 18” machined-finish aluminum wheels
  7. Performance summer run-flat tires1

Exterior: Crystal Red Tintcoat

Interior: Light Platinum leather seating surfaces, Brownstone accents and Okapi Stripe trim

Next we have a choice of a pair of wheel sets, either 18″ x 8″ front, 18″ x 9″ rear forged aluminum wheels with bright machined-finish (and stretched-V spokes) or polished finish (and straight spokes). I can’t tell which i would prefer so I’ll stick to the machined finish for now.

That would make good Cadillac ATS options for me — although I want to wait and see the ATS-V before I’ll be ready to shop a replacement for my STS-V.

What Cadillac ATS options will you choose? Please hit the comments & share.


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