It seems safe to say that certain groups of engineers from Munich and Detroit are losing sleep at night over what sort of high-performance surprise each has in store for the other. On one end, you have the next-generation F80 BMW M3 sedan and F82/F83 M4 coupe. The model is expected to feature a tri-turbocharged inline-six engine that will surpass the 414 horsepower output the outgoing E90/E92/E93 M3 provides, while losing a bit of weight in the process.
Then there’s the first-ever Cadillac ATS-V. Expected to debut as a 2015 model, it looks to do to C-Segment performance luxury cars what the second-generation CTS-V did to midsize performance luxury cars. That is to say, blow them away with a kamehameha wave of power and driving superiority, and show that Cadillac’s performance dominance isn’t some sort of passing fluke. With the 2014 ATS-V, we’re expecting power to be 450 horsepower or more, utilizing the new LF3 twin-turbocharged V6 engine that will first debut in the 2014 Cadillac CTS VSport and XTS Twin-Turbo with 420 and 410 hp, respectively, meaning that Cadillac will be shying away from the naturally aspirated LT1 small-block that will be used in the 2014 Corvette Stingray. Whether or not a manual transmission’s in the cards for the top-performing ATS, however, is a still mystery, though we most certainly hope so.
Most recently, a wrapped 2015 ATS-V was caught testing in the rain with the outgoing E90 M3 sedan, as engineers continue development of the welterweight sports car. Visually, it’s sporting a quartet of exhaust tips mounted closer to the center, as we currently see with the rest of the ATS lineup. There’s also the wider stance to accommodate the much larger tires, and the revised front clip featuring a larger lower grille for improved cooling. The brakes are larger, as well, but the rotors are not carbon ceramic (not that they would necessarily need to be).
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