The LM, like the later Miura from Sant’Agata, had a V12 stuffed behind the seats, while the ATS 2500 GT made do with a V8, albeit quite a special one as you would expect from Carlo Chiti. All-alloy, single-cam and quad Webered, the 2.5 (and later 3.0) litre unit put out up to 300bhp. With all-independent suspension, all-disc brakes and a rear transaxle, it must have been quite a car.
What then of the new ATS? Ahead of its unveiling at Salon Privé on August 31st details are still scarce but expect a mid-engined, carbon-fibre-dense two-seater coupe with a twin-turbo V8 coupled to a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox.
As for its looks, all ATS is saying at the moment is that the car, designed by Emanuele Bomboi, will “evoke the spirit of its predecessors”. Officially all we have to go on is the arty teaser image hinting at the car’s profile.
Unofficially we wonder if it is all not a million miles away from the last ATS “rebirth” when a handsome all-new 2500 GT was unveiled at Top Marques in Monaco just two years ago. This mid-engined V8 was reported to have a V8 with 640bhp at a heady 10,000rpm, good enough for 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 211mph.