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Day by Day Review: 2013 Cadillac ATS 3.6 car test drives daily car reviews cadillac
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Stepping out of a 911 and into the new 2013 Cadillac ATS was a little shocking — but oddly enough what shocked me the most was the power the 3.6-litre engine in the ATS delivers. Leaving the parking lot of the Cadillac dealer I nearly peeled the rubber off the tires, I was stunned that the ATS actually felt quicker than the 911… for a moment.

There is a lot of hype surrounding the new Cadillac ATS — available with three engines: a 2.5-litre Direct Injection four-cylinder producing 202 horsepower and available only in rear-wheel drive, a 2.0-litre turbocharged power plant available in all-wheel and rear-wheel drive that produces 272 horsepower and the top of the line 3.6-litre V6 available in both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive producing 321 horsepower.

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My tester is the most most powerful of the bunch, coupled to the all-wheel-drive system and a six-speed automatic transmission. My tester is in what Cadillac calls Luxury trim, which is the base trim for the 3.6L engine. Starting at $46,660 for the all-wheel-drive layout with the six-cylinder engine, the only additions on this tester are the $1,495 navigation system and a moonroof for $1,395; add in some freight and PDI and you are just over $51,000 plus any applicable taxes.

GM believes the Luxury trim will be their bestselling trim line with an expected take rate of 40 percent, while they expect the 3.6-litre engine to only capture 25 percent of the sales; all-wheel-drive models should account for 65 percent of sales. As a result, the Luxury package, as you might expect, offers up a good balance of features for the price without going overboard on gizmos and new technology.

Standard features on the Luxury trim include: leather seats, CUE infotainment package, Brembo 4-piston brakes, dual exhaust, keyless entry and keyless start, heated steering wheel, heated seats and a rear-vision camera.

MSRP as tested (including destination): $51,145

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James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. James holds a national FIA race license and actively races and stewards at race events.