After few leaked photos, the all-new 2016 Cadillac ATS-V was finally introduced at the 2014 LA Auto Show. Available as a coupe or sedan, the ATS-V arrives with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine that develops 455 hp (339 kW) and 603 Nm (445 lb-ft) of torque. The engine is offered with a standard 6-speed manual transmission featuring Active Rev Match, no lift-shifting and launch control, or with an optional paddle-shift 8-speed automatic transmission featuring launch control and Performance Alghoritm Shift.
The engine is able to push the ATS-V from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.9 seconds, while top speed is in excess of 185 mph or 298 km/h. According to the manufacturer, the vehicles arrive with a Brembo high-performance brake system, Magnetic Ride Control delivering 40 percent faster damping response and driver-selectable driving modes (touring, sport and track).
Braking system includes 14.5-inch-diameter (370 mm) front rotors with six-piston calipers and 13.3-inch-diameter (339 mm) rear rotors with four-piston calipers.
Regarding the design, both vehicles feature unique front and rear fascias that provide optimal aero performance with large grille oppenings, a front splitter that improves handling and a lightweight carbon fiber hood fitted with an air-extracting vent that pulls hot air from the engine.
Moreover, the vehicles get 18-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires as well as aero-optimized rocker panels and rear spoiler. Cadillac will offer the Carbon Fiber and Track packages as an option. As expected, the Carbon Fiber package adds a more aggressive front splitter, hood vent trim, rear diffuser, side sills and a body-colored rear spoiler.
Meanwhile, the Track package includes all the components offered by the Carbon Fiber package, as well as the Performance Data recorder and a low-mass battery.
In addition, standard floor mats and tire inflator kit are removed in order to save weight. Inside, there is a unique version of the 5.7-inch instrument panel cluster display, new Recaro performance front seats, a steering wheel wrapped in leather and carbon fiber trim. Three color combinations will be available: Jet Black, Jet Black with Saffron accents and Light Platinum with Jet Black accents.
The ATS structure underneath is extremely mass maximised and engineered to meet further performance conditions, with augmentations to the V-Series advanced to react to cornering and torque burdens going considerably over the levels felt by the non-V models.
The new components include:
Unique shock tower-to-plenum brace
Bolstered rocker bulkhead
Sturdier rear cradle-to-rocker supports
A distinct aluminium shear panel at the chassis front
V-braces for the engine section.
The product has 25% more structural sturdiness than non-V models, which adds to more accurate handling and more exact steering reaction.
The ATS-V seems like it emerged from billet steel. As well as with reinforcing the better performance ability of the vehicle, the improved structure expresses poise to the driver with a better sense of solidity and crisper, more accurate reactions.
With the sturdier body framework, and over ten years of production V-Series models and the CTS-V race programme, the engineers fine-tuned the ATS-V to provide enhanced control for body motion for a nimbler feel, while keeping exceptional drive quality.
The outcome is best-in-class highway and track ability, offset with luxury and grace. The car is actually track-ready right from the showroom, with no additional modifications needed.
A main element of the vehicle’s dual-function performance is the Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres specifically developed for the ATS-V. They have a tri-compound tread, delivering excellent hold during performance drives, but providing superior ride quality traits and extended wear.
The V-Series models also share the same wheelbase at 109.3” (2,775 mm) as other ATS coupes and sedans, but they have broader footprints in the front and rear that improve grip, decrease body motion while turning and add to increased direct steering feel.