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. [source: Cadillac]