Italian car brand that hasn't built cars for decades makes a comeback

09/04/2017 01:00:46
Italian car brand that hasn't built cars for decades makes a comeback
If a McLaren 720S is too much for you then you might like the ATS GT produced by an obscure Italian car brand which hasn’t built cars for decades until now

If a McLaren 720S is too much for you then you might like the supercar produced by an obscure Italian car brand which hasn’t built cars for decades now. It’s the ATS GT (yep, the second new supercar we’ve written about today named thusly), and it’s powered by a 3.8-litre mid-mounted twin-turbo V8. It effectively relaunches the ATS (Automobili Turismo e Sport) brand, which last produced a car - the very pretty 2500 GT - in the mid 1960s. The company has a peculiar history, being formed by a group of high-ranking ex-Ferrari employees in the early 60s following an infamous, large-scale staff exodus from Maranello.

 

 

Details for the new car - which was revealed this week at Salon Privé - will be available in two tunes: one with 650bhp, the other with 700. 0-60mph takes three seconds dead, while 0-120mph is done and dusted in just 9.9 seconds. We’re assuming those figures - plus the 206mph quoted top speed - are for the more powerful version, something which ATS doesn’t specify. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed automatic gearbox and a mechanical differential. At the rear you’ll find super-fat 355/25/21 boots, with 255/30/20s up front. The GT has double wishbone suspension at the front and at the rear, while carbon ceramic brakes are fitted as standard.

 

 

There’s something rather McLaren-esque about the exterior, and with good reason: we’re pretty sure it’s based on a 12C or 650S judging by elements of the bodywork and the cabin, and yet ATS is asking €1,150,000 apiece for the 12 GTs it intends to make. That seems a bit steep, particularly given that the interior looks to have been in a tremendous fight with a big roll of Alcantara. And lost.

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