While it’s still not officially announced, there’s a high-performance Cadillac ATS coming. Mmm, we can envision it now, enjoying the luxuries of a high-end cabin, while revving the LT1 V8 engine to the limiter, filling our ears with an unmistakably American howl…
… what’s that, Alex? We’re not getting an ATS-V with a V8? It’s a what?
Ahem. Ladies and gentlemen, according to our own intel, the inbound Cadillac ATS-V will pack a twin-turbocharged 3.6L V6 under the hood. The addition of a pair of snail shells should bring the power of the boosted LFX V6 north of 420 horsepower or so, rivaling the output of the outgoing LS3 V8. Keep in mind that BMW is ditching its V8 setup seen in the current E92 M3 for a boosted inline six in the upcoming F80 M3 sport sedan. A sign of the times, or is Cadillac simply jumping on the turbocharging bandwagon? In any case, a seven-speed manual and eight-speed automatic should be the transmissions responsible for managing the power.
We’re still keeping in mind that the ATS can cradle an engine as large as a 7.0L V8 under the hood, and we therefore maintain hope that the such a powerplant will find its way into the engine bay of a variant of some sorts — perhaps something exceeding the capabilities of an ATS-V.