Cadillac ATS-V to be powered by a twin-turbo V6 engine

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 4, 2011

Insiders say that a Cadillac ATS-V is coming. With the V8-powered Cadillac CTS-V, General Motors has a model that could rival the Audi's Quattro, BMW’s M, and Mercedes-Benz’s AMG. The next-generation CTS will get an Alpha platform that’s shared with a softtop convertible and the ATS (a smaller sedan).

As the CTS-V is so successful, sources inside Cadillac are certain that the ATS is sure to be built. In theory, the CTS-V’s LSA V-8 will fit into an ATS-V; however, this could take sales away from the CTS-V.

Instead, the ATS-V will try to go up against the next-generation BMW M3, which will be powered by a turbocharged inline-six. Sources said that this is the reason for the ATS-V being powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 that could generate about 380 hp.

This model will be offered with six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. Its performance is expected to be outstanding. In fact, it can accelerate from zero to 60mph in less than five seconds and it can reach a top speed of over 170 mph.

Notably, Cadillac’s attempt to use a turbocharged V6 didn’t go so well. But using a six in the ATS-V may lead to the creation of small run of fired-up ATS-Vs with the LSA, a group that could be considered as Cadillac’s Black Series. It may seem unlikely but Chevrolet’s decision to install the engine in the Camaro ZL1 means that GM may still choose to support products that haven’t generated a lot of interest but are awe-inspiring products nevertheless.

The Cadillac ATS-V has an exceptionally distinctive high-performance look from any angle, from the bonnet to the fenders, fasciae, rocker panels and the rear spoiler.

Each external component was designed to look great and improve performance. Andrew Smith, Cadillac Global Design Executive Director, said that these elements are why they are able to achieve reduced heat, weight and lift.

The special design elements are:

1. A lighter carbon-fibre bonnet with a specially designed heat dissipating vent that also decreases lift at speed by acting as an outlet that facilitates air from the radiator to flow over the car.

2. Aerodynamically designed front and rear fasciae, with a wider front grille opening and a larger mesh pattern that lets more air cool the new twin-turbocharged engine’s radiator and heat exchangers.

3. A front splitter contributes to the aerodynamic profile and enhances lift by allowing less underside air flow and instead, the push is felt on the front of the car.

4. Wider fenders for the 18 x 9-inch front wheels and 18 x 9.5-inch rear wheels, which are fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres.

5. The lightweight aluminium wheels specially designed for the V-Series decrease un-sprung weight to improve steering responsiveness and agility.

6. The streamlined rocker panels and rear spoiler also contribute to efficient movement.

Aerodynamic and weight optimisation can be further achieved with the optional Carbon Fibre and Track packages. The Carbon Fibre package consists of an aggressively modified front splitter, bonnet vent trim and rear diffuser, as well as composite rocker panel extensions and a larger rear spoiler in body colour. The Track package basically adds a Performance Data Recorder and a more lightweight battery to the same components as the Carbon Fibre package, but removes the regular floor mats and tire repair kit to cut down on weight.

The V-Series is recognised as a central character within the Cadillac portfolio and is also considered to embody the core of the company’s Art and Science design ideology. Cadillac describes the ATS-V as a car that exudes a presence with boldness, elite performance, flawless technological implementation and exquisite workmanship. This is evident in the finely crafted, centreline book-matched visible carbon fibre components.

The low-mass wheels of forged aluminium and the brake callipers also add to the car’s appearance, as there are three optional finishes that let owners put an additional personal touch to their ATS-V.

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