Cadillac has expanded its ATS product range with the introduction of the 2016 ATS-V. This is expected to elevate the brand’s high performance V-Series onward to the next generation. The new model is available in both sedan and coupe variants and is the brand’s first ATS-V that will have not just the twin-turbocharged power but also a complete set of design and even performance systems.
Production of the 2016 ATS-V started in the spring of 2015. Since its beginnings more than a decade ago, the V-Series of the Cadillac has added both power and performance capacities to an already increasing luxury car range. By drawing on what made its ATS product line successful, the V-Series adds a remarkable track capability to what many had already considered as not only the lightest but also the most agile-driving vehicle within the class of luxury compact cars.
The outcome is a car that has the sophistication attached with the Cadillac and a true track capability, making it a dual purpose vehicle. The President of Cadillac Johan de Nysschen said that the V-Series is not only the best example of the brand’s new product substance but it is also “the purest expression of the passion” which is the heart of the brand.
Another important key technology that can be found in the ATS-V is the Brembo high-performance brake system that was developed in order to give it the capability, consistency and durability for track-day performance.
The integrated chassis control gives the ATS-V a more balanced performance both on the track or touring especially with its Performance Traction Management. Its 3rd-generation Magnetic Ride Control gives the ATS-V faster damping response, about 40% faster than other models. The structural stiffness was increased by as much as 25% particularly for higher cornering loads and the tri-compound tires gives the car first-rate grip and even extends the tire wear.
Drivers can avail of the downforce-generating track aerodynamics package for better performance. Drivers can also choose from three driving modes: touring, sport, or track. The exterior design was done not just to improve the aerodynamic performance but also to enable cooling for the powertrain and drivetrain while the interior has ergonomic and high-performance seats that focus on the driver’s interfaces with the car’s different features for improved driving.
According to Cadillac’s Executive Chief Engineer David Leone, the ATS-V may be the lightest and smallest of the V-Series but this has allowed for greater connection with the driver particularly on the responsiveness and nimbleness.
Leone added that the ATS-V can adapt to the preferences of the driver with every mode developed with the aim of giving the highest performance regardless of the driving scenario. A Performance Data Recorder is also available, giving drivers the chance to record in high-definition video, with data overlays, their own driving experience and share it on social media.