The ATS GT Finally Launches With As Much As 827 Horsepower

The ATS GT has been a long time in the making. But this time, we’re told, it is finally here.

The story of Automobili Turismo e Sport (ATS) dates back to the great walkout from Maranello in the mid-1960s, when a group of executives and engineers, fed up with Enzo Ferrari’s notoriously difficult manners, left to establish their own company.

Lead by Carlo Chiti and Giotto Bizzarrini, the newly formed company created the ATS 2500 GT and briefly competed in Formula One (to less than spectacular effect). The company went under in 1965, but a new consortium revived the name in 2012.

True to its history, the reborn ATS has been marred by internal rivalries ever since. But it’s ostensibly put those troubles behind it to introduce the ATS GT Launch Edition. The mid-engined supercar is built around a carbon-fiber chassis overlaid with rather stunning carbon-fiber bodywork in a package sized somewhere in between the Lamborghini Huracan and the larger Aventador.

At its heart sits a 3.8 twin-turbo V8 not unlike what you’d find in a McLaren 570S, driving the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission. ATS will offer it in two states of tune: one producing 730 horsepower (537 kW) and 575 lb-ft (780 Nm) of torque, and another with an impressive 827 hp (608 kW) and 700 lb-ft (949 Nm). The manufacturer says it’ll hit 60 in 2.9 seconds and 120 mph in 9.6.

Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes keep it all in check, double wishbones suspend it at both ends with adjustable shocks, and Michelin provides its Pilot Sport S4 or Cup 2 tires on 20- or 21-inch wheels – plus, it features all the electronics you’d expect from a modern supercar.

As with the original 2500 GT, ATS will only offer a dozen examples of the Launch Edition at €740,000 or $850,000 a pop. Finally, the automaker has partnered with timekeeper U-Boat to offer a corresponding wristwatch.

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  • Iberian Rekluse

    Beautiful ride!


  • That Ross Chap

    It’s only when placed next to cars like the Huayra and Centenario do you really grapple with the fact that this isn’t competing with the 570S or the Hurrican, but is actually an $850K custom hypercar, and that really isn’t a good sign. It’s a good looking car, but it seems slight, and doesn’t have a surprising or bold design – the rear looks quite similar, though messier, than that on the Ferrarj 488 GTB and the Ford GT (both of which look more expensive, the latter of which seems more exclusive, are both of which are far cheaper – the Ferrari almost a third of the price, and the Ford less than half), the front looks like a higher quality version of that found on almost all small independent sports cars (a bit like a combination of a Corvette and a Noble), and the profile reminds me of a small British sports car from most angles, with some hints of MP4-12C. There are some interesting design elements – the gear lever is quite cool, the screen layout in the interior is great and the floating wing bit beside the windows is a really idea – but ultimately, a lot of it lacks that special touch. The rims, interior metal and fabric in particular don’t just look bland, but look cheap. I wish them luck but were it my money, this isn’t the car I’d be buying.

    • eb110americana

      I think the rear is sufficiently unique and attractive. It’s the front that looks very generic, and a bit like a blend of niche cars like Noble as you said. I am very put off by the fender flare on the rear wheels. Not the fender itself, but the creased lip is just one line too many and makes the side view quite unattractive IMO. I do like the interior design, materials, and digital screens. That shifter is cool, but seems overly complex for a digital stick. They are low-volume, so perhaps they will sell what they can build, but I’d much rather have a 720S–of which you could buy 3 for the price of one ATS GT.

      • Kannag Don Amenra

        You typed my comment for me, thank you 🙂

      • exeptor

        Nothing more to add really. Thanks for the comment.

      • Mike Sinyaboot ©

        I agree as I really like the rear end. The rest of the car is somewhat generic. This makes sense as this car is simply a McLaren 650s with some nice coachwork done. I would very much take this over a 650s but not for close to a million bucks. It simply is not worth anywhere close to that.

    • donald seymour

      I saw the car in the flesh and you are absolutely right. It’s not really that much better than the model it’s built on. And really it’s not that great of a car over the original it trying to replace. Furthermore, the overall quality is kind of hit or miss. I wasn’t too impressed. I would rather have the original.

    • Because ATS GT is using McLaren 12C as a based, so it’s more like a rebodied to me.

  • salamOOn

    looks like some mclaren custom build….. however some details are stunning.

    • Mike Sinyaboot ©

      You are right that it is a McLaren. I am about 95% sure that it is a 650s, although it could be a MP12-4C. If you look for my comment below, I made a few comparison images with the 650s.

      I find it strange that this article and many others at various sites do not even mention that it is a coach-built McLaren. ATS did a great job with this thing. I would prefer this over a 650s.

      However, the insane price can’t be justified. If ATS had actually built the car from the ground up, $1 million would be understandable and reasonable. That is not the case though as they simply changed the body work and interior. The work they did looks great but it is insanely overpriced for what it is.

      • I can back you up, this car is indeed based on McLaren 12C. Several media mentioned it before but not sure why not now.

  • kachuks

    Dat ass.

  • Interior smells the price, exterior does not. Should have a lot more insane bling for that kind of money.

  • Dude

    Very nice. I love seeing low volume cars like this.

  • Six_Tymes

    Looks really good. much better than the raccoon

  • MarkoS

    Classically Beautiful!

  • donald seymour

    I’ve seen this very car in the flesh and wasn’t impressed.

  • PK

    of course it had to an italian car with that kind of sleek sharp supercar design.

  • Mike Sinyaboot ©

    I think this thing is extremely attractive, especially from the rear. I also completely understand why limited production super cars from small manufacturers cost $1 million doll hairs plus such as the amazing Apollo IE. These manufacturers have no economies of scale while also using expensive components with highly skilled labor.

    That being said, this thing is unbelievably overpriced for what it is………a coach-built McLaren 650s. The article does not even address this and seems to suggest that ATS manufacturers the car itself, including the carbon fiber chassis/monocoque. This is clearly not the case. ATS has done a great job redesigning the body panels and interior but it is clear as day that they have simply re-skinned a 650s. This is not a bad thing but it makes the nearly $1 million dollar price tag obscene.

  • Alx

    The front and rear look like they belong on different cars… and that rear is such a sad attempt at referencing the past in hope to covey historical relevance.

    The interior is a bit fun; I do love all the machined aluminium details!

  • Infinite1

    Love it

  • Few question about this car:

    1. So which ATS we talking about, I know last time there are two people claiming to own rights to ATS (and having the exact same model)

    2. 740k Euro for rebodied McLaren? Yeah sure good luck, in a few years it will go belly up for sure.

  • For the first road car with mid engine layout would be Rene Bonnet Djet, but yeah ATS 2500GT is much larger car.

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