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2018 ATS #4690748
03/10/18 06:40 PM
03/10/18 06:40 PM
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NE Florida
Throt Offline OP
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**Pictures are sideways, I know, I apologize...also know this, I'm lazy**

Picked this up the other night. Fantastic car.

2018 ATS 2.0L Turbo AWD, Phantom Grey
272HP
295ft/lb

Came with remote start, sunfroof, wheels locks, rubber floor mats and heated seats as factory installed options.











First impressions:

Powertrain:

Transmission: It's fussy (GM 8L45). It does NOT like to be driven before it is warmed up, the first shift when cold is flinchingly abrupt. I'm hoping that this will improve as the transmission learns, the car only had 8 miles on it when I pulled out of the dealership. However, once warmed up, it shifts very quick and smooth, can hardly feel it. I have to watch the tach if I want to know when it's shifting sometimes. It just doesn't have finesse you'd expect from this level of car, the transmission in the Sonata was more refined.

Engine (GM LTG, http://www.gmpowertrain.com/engines/docs/GMQD16CL460_LTG_Product%20PDF.pdf): While I haven't yet been able to really DRIVE the car (1,500 mile break-in), from the couple times I've lightly gotten on it, this thing will move and the low-end torque is delicious. Once broken in, I am really going to enjoy this motor. 93 octane is highly recommended but can run on as low as 87, but with reduced mpg and performance. I'll always run at least 91. This is my first turbo car and I'm looking forward to seeing the performance they give.

Auto Stop-Start: What a dreadful technology to put on such a good motor. I disable it every time I start the car and am irritated I cannot turn it off permanently.

Suspension:

Steering: So much better than the 2017 Sonata I traded in. Tracks dead on-center. I've actually been able to understand what "feedback" is in relation to steering. I am sad about the steering wheel, I hate 3-spoke steering wheels. Going to be an adjustment.

Ride: Ride is kind of rough, but I knew this and accepted it in return for the Alpha platform.

Handling: Crisp, sharp turns, you can really drive a corner in this thing. Light, nimble, responsive, athletic. Everything I wanted. Fully understand why this Alpha platform found it's way into the Camaro. It's very good.

Brakes: 4-piston Brembo in the front, 2-piston Brembo (I think) in the rear. Stops on a dime.

Cabin:

Interior: Overall, I am in love with the interior. Very nicely done. I am not thrilled with the CUE system, but apparently, for the 2018 model it got a much needed upgrade, so I'd hate to know what it was like before.

Noise: By FAR the quietest car I've ever owned and I've really enjoyed that. I felt the Sonata was overly loud.

Seats: Recaro seats, some of the best seats I've ever sat in. I am, however, having a hard time finding my comfy spot. This car is a tad small for a 6ft tall person.


Now, can the break-in be done already! I want to drive this thing!



Last edited by Throt; 03/10/18 06:47 PM.

'18 Honda Accord Touring, 1.5T, 6,200, PPPP 5w30 w/ FU
'17 Elantra, 2.0L, 25,000, QS Ult. 0w20 w/ FU, hers (lease)
Re: 2018 ATS [Re: Throt] #4690752
03/10/18 06:48 PM
03/10/18 06:48 PM
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KY
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Nice!


Mine:
2014 M235i
2009 Cooper Clubman
1999 Wrangler Sahara
1995 318ti Club Sport

Wife's:
2015 X1 xDrive28i M Sport


Son's
2009 328i

Buy what makes you smile...
Re: 2018 ATS [Re: Throt] #4690753
03/10/18 06:51 PM
03/10/18 06:51 PM
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Houston, TX
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Very nice--congratulations on the new car. Obligatory question--which oil and filter?


2018 Mercedes Benz AMG GLC43 3.0L Bi-Turbo [Castrol Edge 0W-40 & Pur filter]
2018 Mercedes Benz C300 2.0L Turbo [Pennzoil Platinum 0W-40 & Mann filter]
Re: 2018 ATS [Re: Throt] #4690754
03/10/18 06:53 PM
03/10/18 06:53 PM
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Posts: 642
USA
E365 Online content
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Awesome! My (realistic) dream project is to LS swap an ATS. Make what the ATS-V SHOULD have been!


Whatever’s on sale...
Re: 2018 ATS [Re: Throt] #4690769
03/10/18 07:20 PM
03/10/18 07:20 PM
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The Midwest
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Nice car! It's also nice you noted it's quiet. It makes road trips much more enjoyable. And I imagine the AC works really good, too.


Wife: 15' Audi A4 quattro 6 speed manual
Me: 13' VW GTI 3 door 6 speed manual

Re: 2018 ATS [Re: Throt] #4690791
03/10/18 07:53 PM
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Central Florida
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Very nice.

Re: 2018 ATS [Re: E365] #4690801
03/10/18 08:07 PM
03/10/18 08:07 PM
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Originally Posted By: E365
My dream project is to LS swap an ATS. Make what the ATS-V SHOULD have been!


Not sure I agree, the little turbo engines have a very nice feel, all their own. And It's prob quite a bit lighter, which would lead to a better driving feel.


Last edited by Cujet; 03/10/18 08:10 PM.

People who count on their fingers should maintain a discreet silence.
Re: 2018 ATS [Re: Throt] #4690819
03/10/18 08:25 PM
03/10/18 08:25 PM
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Phoenix
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Congrats! I had a 2013, I really enjoyed it.


2018 Challenger SRT 392 PUP 0w-40 Wix 57899XP
2018 GTI
Re: 2018 ATS [Re: Throt] #4690833
03/10/18 08:39 PM
03/10/18 08:39 PM
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Virginia
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Awesome car! Enjoy.

Re: 2018 ATS [Re: Throt] #4690855
03/10/18 08:58 PM
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I rented a Cruz with stop start. I found it to be much smoother if I let off the brake and let it start just before it was time to accelerate. Much smoother than just hitting the gas.

Re: 2018 ATS [Re: Throt] #4690884
03/10/18 09:29 PM
03/10/18 09:29 PM
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Beautiful car, I bet it's comfortable. I couldn't do black on black though.


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 92k STP Synthetic HM 10w30 & Wix
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 233k Mobil Super HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
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Re: 2018 ATS [Re: Throt] #4690951
03/10/18 10:50 PM
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Congrats! Is there an MT version of this car? That would have been my choice - I assume you test drove one to know about the fussiness of the trans?

Having driven a number of start stop capable vehicles in Europe, I don't get the issues with it.

Re: 2018 ATS [Re: Throt] #4690967
03/10/18 11:06 PM
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Tell me more about the tranny. Don't understand how being barely able to detect shifts is lacking finesse.

Caddy infotainment gets a lot of demerits in the reviews I've read. How do you like it?


Without data you're just another person with an opinion. W. E. Deming

2003 Corolla 250,000 miles (RIP)
2004 Corolla 125,000 miles
2004 Rav4 370,000 miles
2015 Camry 70,000 miles
Re: 2018 ATS [Re: Leo99] #4691079
03/11/18 04:48 AM
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Originally Posted By: Leo99
Tell me more about the tranny. Don't understand how being barely able to detect shifts is lacking finesse.

Caddy infotainment gets a lot of demerits in the reviews I've read. How do you like it?


Smoothness is only one part of finesse, also being in tune with what you want and being able to react promptly to demands are equally important.


Cable ties should hold it
Re: 2018 ATS [Re: Throt] #4691111
03/11/18 07:16 AM
03/11/18 07:16 AM
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my dream car!


2008 Mazda6i GT; @214K miles
2016 Honda CR-V EX-L; @40K miles
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