What We've Driven Lately: 2013 Cadillac ATS, BMW M6 Convertible, and 2012 Land Rover Evoque

By Trevor Dorchies | July 31, 2012
In case you've missed it, the staff here at Automotive.com has been busy lately driving the latest and greatest the automotive world has to offer. News director Keith Buglewicz spent a few days in Atlanta testing out the all-new 2013 Cadillac ATS and had a few words about it, to say the least. Associate editor Jacob Brown went to Northern California with BMW to drive the 2013 M6 convertible and came back thinking it was "one of the world's most practical supercars." Associate editor Joel Arellano got into the mix as well staying close to Automotive.com's Southern California HQ to spend some quality time with the 2012 Land Rover Evoque.  Check out a brief overview of our impressions on the 2013 Cadillac ATS, 2013 BMW M6 convertible, and the 2012 Land Rover Evoque below. 2013 Cadillac ATS First Drive
Heading into one of the most anticipated vehicle launches in recent memory for General Motors, the question that surrounded the 2013 Cadillac ATS was "is it really the standard of the world?" In short-hand; yes. Well, maybe not "the standard" per say but Buglewicz arrived at the conclusion that the 2013 Cadillac ATS is "worthy of a BMW buyer's money." The all-new ATS offers you the choice of a 2.5-liter inline-4, 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4, and a boisterous 3.6-liter V-6 engine, all of which come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission. In short, does the 2013 Cadillac ATS live up to the months of hype it got? We think it does.
2013 BMW M6 Convertible First Drive
While Automotive.com's sole purpose is to give you all the facts concerning the latest and greatest vehicles, we do so with the consumer angle in mind. Even so, every once in a while a realistic-vehicle-dressed-in-super-car-clothes comes around and we go out and get our impressions of it. This was the case as associate editor Jacob Brown was invited up to Santa Barbara, Calif., to test out the all-new 2013 BMW M6 convertible. Brown summarizes what the M6 convertible is in three words, "an expensive bargain." For a starting price of $113,995, you can be the proud of 560 horses and a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. You also have the option to do away with the roof whenever deemed appropriate. So did Brown like the 2013 BMW M6 convertible? You'll have to check out his full write-up to see for yourself.
2012 Land Rover Evoque Road Test
Besides the 2013 Cadillac ATS and the 2013 Dodge Dart, the 2012 Land Rover Evoque has been one of the most highly anticipated vehicles to enter the U.S. market in the last 12 months. Sister publication Motor Trend liked the Evoque so much that it was named the 2012 SUV of the Year. We've already had a chance to drive the Evoque in the Canadian wilderness and liked it a lot. So what did associate editor Joel Arellano think of Land Rover's posh off-roader after spending some time with it? As Arellano says, the "Evoque is worth the near $60,000 price tag…if awesome styling is your number one priority." Arellano's sentiments aren't alone, either. Land Rover struggled to fill orders of the Evoque in the states but the automaker expects to have all the kinks worked out for next model year. Check out what we thought about the Evoque after spending some more time with it.
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