2016 Cadillac ATS-V launched in Los Angeles

By Trevor Dorchies on November 19, 2014 8:10 AM

The wraps were officially pulled off the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V at the Los Angeles Auto Show and General Motors isn't mincing words. 

Powered by a 3.6-liter V6 turbocharged engine, the first of its kind for the V-Series lineup, the ATS churns out 455 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque. This puts the ATS-V firmly in the same neighborhood as the BMW M3/M4, which draws power from a 3.0-liter inline-6 engine and is good for 425 horsepower. A 6-speed manual transmission will be the standard form of changing gears with General Motors' superb 8-speed automatic (the same seen in the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette) available as an option. Offering a manual transmission in the ATS-V creates more space in a crowded field filled with the likes of the Audi RS 5, Lexus RC-F, and Mercedes-AMG C63. None of the aforementioned models offer a manual option though. The BMW M3/M4 is the only other alternative for those wishing to row through the gears manually. 

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Styling cues such as a prominent hood scoop, quad exhaust tips, bigger wheels and tires, and a radical body kit distsinguishes the ATS-V apart from non-V models. Inside, the usual V-Series accents are present including an Alcantara steering wheel and V-series badging on the Recaro seats. Cadillac's CUE infotainment system also comes along for the ride. Standing on General Motors' new Alpha platform (the same one that will be used on the next Camaro), the ATS-V is expected to carve up corners with ease. The non-V-Series ATS model is already very competent when it comes time to take a corner. Using the Alpha platform gives the ATS-V a fighter's chance at weighing less than rivals like the Lexus RC-F and Mercedes-AMG C63. We expect the ATS-V to also tip the scales slightly less than the BMW twins so expect similar 0-60 mph times, too.

Based on what the competition calls for, we expect the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V sedan to be priced in the ballpark of $60,000 with the coupe skimming the $70,000 mark. While we're still waiting on official confirmation, expect to see the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V in dealerships early next year. 

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