The Italian supercar scene is getting yet another exotic manufacturer – it’s ATS, which has actually been around for some time, considering a restored 1964 ATS 2500 GTS got a prize during the Monterey Classic Car Week in California.
The classic ride took home the prestigious “Rolex – Best of Show – The Quail” during the event that also includes the famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. And next to the celebration of the classic Italian Gran Turismo of the sixties comes the announcement at another event – Salon Privé, the most prestigious event in London dedicated to cars – that ATS is back in shape as a standalone brand. We’ve actually known this move for a while, because ATS took the opportunity and teased their new GT on more than one occasion prior to the actual introduction.
Set in a segment where in terms of price – $1.15 million – it goes against models such as the McLaren P1 or Ferrari LaFerrari, the ATS GT does have the credentials. The oomph is provided by a 3.8-liter biturbo V8 packing 690 horsepower (514 kilowatts) in its initial build – the company wants to reach 800 hp (596 kW) when development is finished. A mere 12 examples will be commissioned, capable of hitting 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in just three seconds when using the launch control system – and then a maximum speed of 205 mph (329 kph). The GT tips the scales at 2,866 pounds (1,300 kilograms) and comes fitted with a dual-clutch automatic transmission.