Cadillac ATS 2.0T vs. BMW 328i – Head 2 Head

Videos | September 27th, 2012 by 23
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On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman pits the all-new Cadillac ATS against the car it was built to compete with, …

On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman pits the all-new Cadillac ATS against the car it was built to compete with, the dominating BMW 328i. Jonny uses test data to illustrate how similar these two cars are and then takes them out for a true drivers test on one of his favorite California back roads.

The first compact Cadillac joins the midsize segment to take on BMW’s top-seller, the 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Cadillac ATS will be offered with both rear-wheel and all-drive options, and the company describes it at “nimble, fun and quick,” traits typical of a midsize, sport and luxurious car.

Cadillac ATS 2.0T vs. BMW 328i   Head 2 Head

The 2013 Cadillac ATS with the new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine produces 272 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The tested model comes equipped with a six-speed manual transmission.

With its 240 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque, the BMW 328i looks to be at disadvantage here, but as have seen in recent Dyno tests, the 2.0 liter turbocharged engine comes underrated from the factory.

Weight wise, the bimmer clocks the scale at 3409 lbs, slightly skinnier than the ATS with its 3433 lbs.

So which one takes home the win in this comparison? Let’s have a look.

  • Tom

    Impressive numbers from a 2-L four-cylinder Cadillac engine.

    • JRobUSC

      the cars weigh the same and the BMW 2.0L four cyl (supposedly) has less power, yet walks away from the Cadillac by 0.5 sec 0-60, and 0.3 sec and 2mph in the 1/4 mile. So, unless I am missing something, wouldn’t the numbers be more impressive from the BMW engine?

      • DCT1

        Yes, except that both engines are virtually identical when tested on a dyno. BMW has underrated their engines for years. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

  • steelydan

    the ATS may be comparable performance-wise, but it’s still a fat, bloated, and ugly, which is typical of an american car.

    • Tullius

      Uhh… the cars weigh roughly the same. I think you are just mouthing a bunch of stereotypes about American cars

      • steelydan

        i’m not talking about weight–i’m talking about appearance. the caddy looks like it needs a year or two of jenny craig.

  • Paul

    Add the fact that Cadillac uses engines developed in Europe by Saab which they drove into bankruptcy. Otherwise, they would still use v6 engines or bigger with week performance. Just my opinion.

    • DCT1

      The 2.0T is a brand new engine (it’s not the same 2.0T used in the Buick turbo, which was a SAAB engine). The 2.5 is a brand new engine. The 3.6 V6 is one of the most power dense V6′s on the market. None were designed by Saab. What’s “week” performance?

  • Titan

    Bring on an A4 or C-Class and have the pathetic 3 series ass kicked.

    • fredyschiftan@aol.com

      They already lost ! you fool go and learn ! The VW with the rings of Auto Union was developed just like the Cadillac for years trying to reach the 50/50 balance of the BMW and they put so much money to reach them, just to learn later it was not enough, there are more elements to the 3 series than just trying to copy a car, enough said go back to school and learn before you make a fool of yourself !! The 3 series has no rival because they invented IT !!!!!

      • Titan

        They lost? Performance-wise they leave no chance to your BMW, asshole. So go hang yourself, idiot.

        • asdfghjklö

          No, you are delusional. Your pathetic Audi had lost years ago, because
          even the e90 beat the shit out of then new A4 and C class, little wonder
          that F30 is many times better then? Go and burn yourself, idiot.

    • steelydan

      admit it, you’re just an effing hater. go hang out at the m-b or audi threads instead of being a dick.

  • Giom

    In my honest opinion, the Cadilac is the best looking American design in years. It’s the engineering excellence that’s not up to scratch.

    • fredyschiftan@aol.com

      We already have a BMW !! we dont need more copycats , when are they going to stop with making these carbon paper copyes. (AUDI VW . Mercedes .Cadillac etc etc) seems to be they are so desperate and dont know where to start and end!!!

      • steelydan

        when you’re the top dog (BMW), everyone wants to knock you off of that spot.

        • Titan

          If BMW is top dog, then you’re from another planet, idiot!

          • steelydan

            to quote an old saying, “you can’t handle the truth.”

            pinhead.

    • steelydan

      best looking american design? then that doesn’t say much about american car design.

  • bgdc

    Hmmm. As the owner of a 2013 F30 Sport-line, gotta say it’s a fine, big sedan. But it doesn’t excite me. Haven’t driven the ATS yet. Worried i’ll like it more…

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