The inevitable rollout of the all-new BMW M3 and Cadillac ATS-V sedans have performance enthusiasts anticipating an awesome title fight between the two machines. But considering their extreme nature, chances are there’s going to be a fair amount of space between what’s expected in the ATS-V and what we currently see in the athletic ATS 3.6 V6 model. And according to sources, Cadillac has plans to bridge that gap with another ATS model.
This mid-range model is expected to feature a few bits and pieces from the range-topping ATS-V — suspension, brakes, and possibly tires, among other things — but without the power of the twin-turbocharged LF3 V6 engine that the ATS-V is expected to feature. Instead, the ATS VSport is anticipated to cradle the naturally aspirated LFX V6 engine, just as the ATS 3.6 currently does, at the very least. As for what transmissions will be used, it’s not certain, but we certainly hope for the availability of a manual transmission, especially in a car of this nature.
As for a time-frame as to when the market can expect the ATS VSport, it won’t be anytime soon. We foresee the 2015 ATS-V launching first, and therefore we won’t pin the VSport model any sooner than a 2016 model-year vehicle. But as more information surfaces, we’ll be able to narrow the timetable down more specifically.