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Cadillac Broadens its High-Performance Portfolio with the 2016 ATS-V

Cadillac Broadens its High-Performance Portfolio with the 2016 ATS-V

By Jeff Youngs,

Cadillac, once known exclusively for producing massive rolling land barges with every bit of luxury General Motors had in its arsenal, has made a well-documented 180-degree transformation in recent years, thanks in part to desirable models featuring cutting-edge styling, plenty of technology, and some serious scoot coming from under the hood. Now the company is going one step further by bundling it all into its smallest offering, the ATS. The result is the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V, due to arrive in dealer showrooms in the spring of 2015.

Like the base ATS, the 2016 ATS-V will be available in 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan configurations, but that's where the significant similarities end. According to the automaker, the V-Series variant's exterior is largely its own, with a unique carbon fiber hood including a functional scoop, distinct bumpers and rocker moldings, front splitter, wider front fenders, and special staggered 18-in. alloy wheels fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber designed specifically for the ATS-V. Cadillac suggests these upgrades serve two purposes: aggressive aesthetics and improved aerodynamics. A Carbon Fiber package incorporates items such as a rear diffuser, while a Track package tops things off with the ability to record high-definition video and accompanying performance data.

To deliver the driving experience V-Series buyers expect, engineers have equipped the new ATS-V with a twin-turbocharged, 3.6-liter V-6 engine that produces 455 horsepower and 445 lb.-ft. of torque, all of which is transferred to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters or a 6-speed manual boasting rev-match and no-lift-shift features. Launch control comes standard with both gearboxes. Cadillac claims the all-new ATS-V can sprint to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, and is capable of reaching a top speed in excess of 185 mph. Complementing the powertrain is a chassis comprised of several upgraded components. Among them are Brembo brakes, stiffer springs and stabilizer bars, and retuned electric power steering. Structural rigidity has been increased by 25%, according to Cadillac.

Inside, the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V reminds drivers that it is equal parts luxury and sports car, as evidenced by its Recaro bucket seats clad in leather and suede, CUE infotainment system offering text-to-voice technology, Wi-Fi connectivity, and more.

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