After presenting the "Launch edition" GT in 2018, ATS is now ready to unveil the new "Black & Chrome edition".
Beautiful, Elegant, Smooth: Italian
The new ATS GT is not just attractive and sensual.
Let’s explore this refined but strong hearted Italian beauty, ready to capture hearts and heads.
The design: tempting and enticing
Just as in the past when designers took time to develop well proportioned, simple yet sensuous shapes to create beautiful Italian cars, ATS have chosen to maintain those romantic, creative processes that sides the highest automotive standards.
Emanuele Bomboi wanted the entire car to be built first and foremost as a piece of sculpture, with every surface carved and shaped to perfection. Even the interior -despite the limited space of a supercar - was designed to guarantee the best ergonomics and driver comfort.
The side silhouette of this new Gran Turismo is charged with energy, with clean lines framing arched surfaces. The outlines above the wheel are evocative while a clean flowing line divides the car's upper and lower halves. As with the original car's design, the windows provide a focus for the sides of the car. Uniquely, the door handles are practically non existent. In fact the vehicle is equipped with touchless sensors hidden underneath the small fin bearing the ATS logo.
The front spoiler follows the form of the classical ATS 2500 GTS of the sixties, covering the whole width of the car with the same blue Dragon of Bologna logo (today crafted using state of the art OLED technology) in the centre as the 1963 car unveiled at the Paris motor show. Similarly distinctive are the two stripes running along the bonnet and the two lateral air intakes with full-LED lighting above them.
The rear of the car is windowless like a true race car, blending in gracefully with aerodynamically efficient cut-off tail, while the integrated rear spoiler is 'active'; it rises at high speeds to create downforce and can generate effective drag to help the car brake in the shortest distance.
The distinctive wedge lines emphasize the tail width while the design at the rear is a testament to the Italian GT car's historic heritage, with broad shapes and flowing lines that frame modern design cues; all the elements have an aerodynamic role to play and fit perfectly the 'form follows function' philosophy. The rear diffuser, defying conventional design habits, is a continuation of the bodywork forming a part of the whole and supporting v-shape that ties the LED lights with the markers above the wheel arch.
The lights on the ATS GT deserve a special mention. With the running lights on the contours of the headlights and the aluminium details emphasise the technological imprint of the car, while the unique tubular ring of the tail lights give the impression of a suspended body, almost detached from the rest of the vehicle. The holes in the rear light rings also perform a vital function, extracting hot air from the engine compartment when the car is in motion.
The wheels (20” front, 21” rear) are minor masterpieces; forged aluminium, semilenticular and highly polished, they mirror the contours of the sides of the car while being manufactured within exacting structural specifications and strict safety protocols. The new GT is fitted with 255/30R20 tyres at the front and 355/25R21 at the rear.
Because the ATS GT is being manufactured to order in very limited numbers, clients will be able to customise the car's colours, material and finishing touches according to their personal needs and desires/ requirements.
The Cockpit: Light Through Aesthetics
The Centro Stile ATS has studied and developed the best ergonomics for the driver, in order to offer a refined driving experience during urban, touring or track driving.
Right from the start the design of the interior was aimed at positioning the controls in the most perfect set up. The main challenge was to achieve this objective by creating a balanced environment, with the functional minimalism of racing cars. All of this had to be done without compromising the ability to control many of the sophisticated technological functions built in to this luxury environment where safety remains a priority thanks to four air bags.
The key features of the car's technological aspects are the ultra-thin digital Cluster TFT screen, surrounded by an aluminium frame, and the central touchscreen for managing all the other functions by allowing the driver to actively engage with the vehicle.
The system known as “Heart” is the direct interface between driver and his car. At the centre of the dashboard below the display, the Centro Stile ATS has decided to install this unique device that hosts all the controls to transform a quiet relaxing car into a true supercar, unleashing its extreme power to tackle racing circuits:
selector to manage the intelligent suspensions: three setups available Viaggio, Sport, Corsa (Tour, Sport, Race)
lever for the activation of the rear wing
controller for app selection and infotainment management
lever for the activation of manual transmission with steering wheel paddles or sequential transmission
engine map selector: Viaggio, Sport, Corsa (Tour, Sport, Race)
ATS’ Research and Development team has also provided the vehicle with fundamental elements, some of which are brand new and innovative, in order to simplify the driving experience and to create a comfortable and “engaging” ride:
the patented multifunctional control can manage the automatic transmission,
the anti-skid function and the Launch Control
the Paddle Shift behind the wheel allows to shift gear in four different ways
the sophisticated sequential transmission is visible, a minor masterpiece and a
real tribute to the beauty of precision engineering
the multiple wireless charging system with Qi technology allows the driver or
passenger to charge both tablet and smartphone at the same time
the “Prima Orchestra” professional hi-fi system – used for the first time in a car - offers a ‘Stage Layout’ and a cross managed sound through modern ultrathin TRIO speakers
The Three Driving Modes
The three modes, Viaggio, Sport and Corsa or Tour, Sport and Race, significantly change the dynamic behavior of the car, transforming its nature and the feel the driver receives.
Each mode acts on the suspension’s set-up, on the gearshift speed and on the engine’s power output, to lift the car to its maximum performance levels.
“Viaggio” is distinguished by a relaxing light blue ambient colour on the controls in the cockpit. While in this configuration, the GT has a smooth and gentle behavior, closer to a normal Gran Turismo than a supercar, allowing the owner to undertake long journeys but also relax in city traffic
in “Sport” mode the cockpit colours switch to yellow, in harmony with the more focused character of the vehicle. G-Force information and the temperature/pressure of the tyres appear at the center of the instrument panel, allowing the driver feedback on the car’s performance while keeping his eyes on the road
if we choose the “Corsa” configuration the interior becomes red … what did you expect? Here you enter in a new dimension and a brand new relationship with the vehicle: the main screen now shows Formula 1 style instruments and the technical information takes centre stage, clear and immediate, in order to support the driver while on a racing circuit. The engine sound also changes to become more deep and powerful
Engine and Performance: a powerful V8
The 3.8l bi-turbo engine of this supercar unleashes 537 KW / 730 bhp at 7,250 rpm or 608 KW / 827 bhp with an optional upgrade. Maximum torque is 780 Nm which can become 949 Nm at 7,250 rpm when choosing the optional upgrade.
Like a racing engine the drivetrain is equipped with dry-sump lubrication, while the trade mark roar of a V8 engine is even louder thanks to a special and beautiful exhaust system!
The ATS GT is the first ever car to be equipped with a patented silencer system.
The car’s performances allow the ATS GT to be one of the best supercars on the market: the V8 pushes the car from 0 to 60mph in 3 seconds allowing for a maximum speed of more than 206 mph.
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