Cadillac introduced the anticipated V-Series performance version of its ATS model at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V will be offered in both coupe and sedan form, packing a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 that Cadillac rates at an estimated 455 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. Two transmissions will be available: a 6-speed manual with Active Rev Match, no-lift shifting, and launch control, or a paddle-shift 8-speed automatic with launch control and Performance Algorithm Shift.
The ATS-V sees substantial structural and suspension upgrades to match the performance potential of its engine. Among the enhancements are Brembo high-performance brakes, third-generation Magnetic Ride Control, a Performance Traction Management chassis control system, and reinforced body/chassis components for a 25 percent increase in structural stiffness.
Exclusive exterior elements include a carbon-fiber hood with an air-extracting vent, a unique front fascia that is optimized for improved air flow and aerodynamic performance, a front splitter spoiler for improved downforce, and aero-optimized rocker panels and rear spoiler. The performance-focused interior includes 16-way adjustable Recaro front seats.
An available Carbon Fiber package adds a more-aggressive front splitter, a taller rear spoiler, hood vent trim and rear diffuser, and composite rocker extensions. A Track package builds on the Carbon Fiber package with a low-mass battery, deletion of the standard floor mats and tire-inflator kit, and GM’s Performance Data Recorder–a clever bit of software wizardry that allows owners to record videos of road and track runs with performance-data overlays, then play them back through the CUE touchscreen (when the vehicle is in park) or share them via social media.
The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V is slated to arrive in spring 2015.
We’ve been looking forward to this one, and from its spec sheet, it looks like the ATS-V will not disappoint. The mainstream ATS already offers outstanding handling and performance in its class, so we have little doubt that the ATS-V will offer serious competition to the likes of BMW’s M3/M4 and Mercedes-Benz’s AMG models. Previous Cadillac V-Series models have been brawny V8 models, so we’re anxious to see how this hot-rodded twin-turbo V6 brings a new kind of high-performance character to the V line. We’re also anxious to see Cadillac announce a revival of the V model on its midsize CTS, which should be happening in the near future.