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Author Topic: 2013 Cadillac ATS 2.0L Turbo Performance Exhaust Review
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Post 2013 Cadillac ATS 2.0L Turbo Performance Exhaust Review
on: March 31, 2012, 06:05

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A brand-new high-performance 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine will debut on the all-new 2013 Cadillac ATS sedan, which is set to compete directly with the BMW F30 3-Series.
The twin-scroll turbo charged 2.0L 4-cylinder engine powering the ATS is direct-injected, which produces an estimated 270 horsepower (201 kW) at the fly-wheel. Cadillac points out that the figures of the new 2.0L turbo mill to be at 135 horsepower per liter. Pretty powerful from a horsepower/liter point of view. Truthfully speaking, enthusiasts care about horsepower to weight ratio, that's what counts.
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The previous generation of this GM 2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder engine was used on the famous Chevrolet Cobalt SS, the Pontiac Solstice Turbo, and the Saturn Sky Turbo. This 2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder has been revamped from the ground up. Efficiency has been increased by implementing a major reduction in friction as well as changes to the oil pump, on top of other changes. We are hoping that this friction loss translates into engine smoothness because the previous generation engine was anything but smooth... Actually, most prior 4-cylinder General Motors engine’s that have powered their compact car segment, have never been smooth. With the exception of one or two cases over the past 20 years. We’ve experienced it firsthand.
We are particularly excited at CarExhaustReviews to learn that the ATS is sporting a turbocharged power plant. Let’s see, 270HP and 260lb-ft of torque @1500 rpm, a proper 6 speed manual, and REAR-WHEEL DRIVE on a small and agile Caddy. What more can you ask for? If you own an ATS (future owners), and you finish reading this article, and you still haven’t went out to your garage, to figure out when you will take out your stock ATS Exhaust, then, then you’re wasting time. Swapping out the factory exhaust with at catback or turbo-back exhaust should be the first thing that you do to your turbo Cadillac ATS.
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Some of the most sought after catbacks for the 2.0L Turbo engine from the previous generation GM vehicles is a Megan Racing Catback Exhaust. Made out of polished T304 Stainless Steel that uses uniformly mandrel bent tubing, for inside diameter consistency, and to increase exhaust gas flow for an increase of around10 to 15 horsepower. There are other exhaust systems for the ATS that are on the drawing board from Borla and Magnaflow also. Naturally, we expect similar exhaust manufacturers will take on the roll of making performance exhaust systems for the ATS 2.0T, comparatively with the older 2.0T General Motors engine. On the other hand, Expect to see a similar 2.0 L engine it the upcoming Chevy Cruze SS that's being developed by GM’s Australian Holden counterpart.

We've contacted some of the industry's leaders in the aftermarket custom exhaust system market to bring you the latest information about exhaust development on the ATS 2.oT. I have to admit, it doesn't hurt to be an ex-GM, specifically Cadillac employee, to extract additional information from the industry.

<strong>If you’ve pre-ordered your Cadillac ATS 2.0T already, and you’re wondering which aftermarket exhaust to go with, look no further than the list below.</strong>

NOTE: This list will continue to grow as more exhaust systems become available for the ATS 2.0T.

<strong>Sophisticated, Deep Exhaust Note:</strong> Agency Power Catback, features a subtle, but deep and quite sophisticated exhaust note to cater to drivers looking to maintain their ATS’s refined character. The Agency Power Catback Exhaust, which includes a midpipe, resonator, and rear muffler has been dyno-tested by Agency Power, and said to produce 10 additional horsepower to the previous 2.0L Turbo, which we expect to add at least 10-13hp with on the ATS 2.0L twin-scroll turbo 4 cylinder mill. Expect the Agency Power Cadillac ATS Exhaust to fit directly to the factory catalytic converter using a thick flange. While the rest of the exhaust components slip fit together, then onto the ATS’s OEM hanger mounts. The length of the exhaust system on the ATS will vary compared to the other GM cars sporting the same engine, as well as the addition of a second rear muffler to accommodate the twin exit piping, something that Cadillac is very famous for. Stay tuned, we will bring you the latest directly from Agency power as more information becomes available on the development of the ATS exhaust.
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<strong>Throaty, Deep, Non-raspy Exhaust Note:</strong> A Magnaflow cat-back exhaust system is as American as an exhaust system could ever be. The same way Cadillac has evolved to rival in certain categories its’ European competitors such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes, Magnaflow exhaust systems have come a long way. They offer exhaust systems for a variety of performance cars. I can attest to that from the Magnaflow system I had on (one of) my B6 Audi S4 4.2 V8. It sounded very deep, powerful, and healthy. Magnaflow is known to have a perfect fit and a lifetime warranty, so no worries there. Expect around the ame 10 to 13 gain in horsepower, while increasing torque at a similar rate from low to mid rpm range. Once we see actual dyno results, we will publish and share them with you on this page, so don’t forget to bookmark it and subscribe to our RSS feed.
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<strong>Distinctive, Healthy Deep Sound, and Superior Quality:</strong> Borla Catback Exhaust System uses high quality T304 stainless Steel, as compared with others that use lower quality T400 Stainless Steel. The workmanship and quality are superior, backed with Borla’s one-million mile warranty. Not that you will drive your car a million miles, but it’s good to know that the warranty is there to protect your investment against broken welds, or material defects. That’s a pretty good warranty if you ask me. The most important point about the Borla exhaust systems is that it will match your ATS’s looks, quality, while increasing engine horsepower by reducing major restrictions, and maintaining large bend radii to ensure fast exhaust flow. The faster the exhaust flows out of the tailpipes, the faster the turbo is spins, the greater the power extraction coming out of the twin scroll turbo on the ATS. We also expect a major reduction in weight from this Borla system. Exact figures are yet to be announced, we will add exact figures as they become available.

Suggestions about an exhaust system, or have your own review that you’d like to share? If you are an ATS owner, Contact us, we will feature your car on our website.
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