Sources inside General Motors Co. say that because the Cadillac CTS-V is so successful, it means that the ATS-V is sure to come next. The CTS-V considers Audi's Quattro, BMW’s M, and Mercedes-Benz’s AMG as its direct competition. The next-generation CTS is expected to share its Alpha platform with a softtop convertible and the ATS, a smaller sedan. In theory, the CTS-V’s LSA V-8 could be fitted into an ATS-V but that would take sales away from the CTS-V.
Instead, the ATS-V is targeting the next-generation BMW M3, which will be powered by a turbocharged inline-six.
Sources say that this is why the ATS-V will be given a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 that will have an output of about 380 hp. In addition, six-speed manual and automatic transmissions will be available. It will be able to accelerate from zero to 60mph in less than 5 seconds and it can reach a maximum speed that exceeds 170 mph.
However, some say that they prefer Cadillac to use a V-8 since the last time that it featured turbocharged sixes wasn’t quite as successful as they hoped.
With a six featured in the ATS-V, it suggests that there will be a small run of extreme-performance ATS-Vs with the LSA. Some fans are already saying that this could be Cadillac’s Black Series. It’s rather unlikely but the use of this engine in the Camaro ZL1 means that GM continues to support amazing products even if there’s not as much interest in them.
2016 saw the beginning of a new era for Cadillac with their high-performance V-Series range. Starting with the sedan and coupe versions of the ATS-V, we have seen world-leading reinventions of the design and performance.
Since its creation in 2004, the V-Series has been providing unparalleled performance and power throughout Cadillac's rapidly expanding luxury range.
Building on the success of the ATS models, the V-Series continues to bring quality and improves upon what was already the lightest and most responsive vehicle in the luxury compact class. What this brings is a luxurious car with the potential of any track car right out of the production line.
Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac President, said that the Cadillac's V-Series epitomizes the brand’s passion, pride, and love for its product. According to David Leone, Cadillac Executive Chief Engineer, the ATS-V (its lightest and most compact V-series model) is as responsive and nimble as the brand wanted it to be. He added that this model is “exceptional” when driven on all kinds of surfaces and that drivers can map their cars depending on their preferences. A new Performance Data Recorder is available onboard to record their experience and share it on social media, all in high-definition video.