Just a few days ago a beautiful 1964 ATS 2500 GTS took home the prestigious “Rolex – Best of Show – The Quail” during the famous Monterey Classic Car Week in California, the annual series of events that culminates with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The fifty year old ATS GTS, owned by American collector Bruce Milner, overshadowed the other 235 cars, validating the quality and beauty of a true Italian Gran Turismo of the sixties.
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As a matter of fact ATS is back on the automotive scene to astonish once more, 53 years later with an exclusive beautiful GT that has been unveiled on August 31 at Salon Privé, the most prestigious event in London dedicated to the cars of yesterday and today.
The ATS GT supercar, the first product of the “new” ATS brand, a true manufacturer that is developing and building its cars in the outskirts of Torino thanks to the passion of entrepreneur Daniele Maritan and designer Emanuele Bomboi.
Pushed by a powerful V8 bi-turbo (available with 650 and 700 hp) paired with a 7-speed transmission and built with abundant use of composite materials, the ATS GT carries some state of the art technological solutions. The V8 pushes the car from 0 to 60mph in 3 seconds allowing for a maximum speed of more than 206mph.
The three driving modes, Viaggio, Sport and Corsa, 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.
But the new ATS GT is turning heads also, if not above all, for its enticing aesthetics and beautiful design, for the proportion of its volume and the elegant lines, modern but at the same time tied to the tradition of the great Gran Turismo cars of the sixties, a generation of vehicles that permanently marked the history of automotive design.