It’s no secret that General Motors engineers had the BMW 3-Series in mind when they conceived 2013 Cadillac ATS. The 3 Series has been the benchmark luxury compact car for years now, and Cadillac is hoping to take those bragging rights away from ze Germans one model rollout at a time.
The ATS proved to be a worthy competitor to the last generation of 3 Series, but The General might have its hands full once again, with a new F80 platform 2014 BMW M3 sedan and 2014 BWW M4 coupe.
Based on what’s been considered a leak, the numbers for the new performance sedan look simply amazing for a compact sports car, at 430 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque from a 3.0-liter twin turbo inline six, replacing the howling, naturally aspirated V8 of the E92 M3. But perhaps the most impressive figure is the weight, as the new M3 and M4 will reportedly come in only 3, 306 lbs or even less, about 150 lbs less than a current rear wheel drive ATS in its lightest configuration — and just a few pounds lighter than the hallowed 2014 Corvette Stingray. The low weight is mostly due to the F8x M3 and M4 being swathed in carbon fiber; the trunk lid, the roof, the driveshaft and even the front strut braces are all made of this super rigid and lightweight material.
That being the case, Cadillac has some work to do if they wish to make a worthy competitor to the new M3 and M4 with the impeding 2015 ATS-V. All signs point to the ATS-V utilizing a variant of the potent 3.6 liter twin-turbo LF3 V6 from the all-new 2014 CTS Vsport and 2014 XTS Vsport. We expect the LF3 in the ATS-V to produce more power and torque figures than the inline six found in the 2014 M3 and 2014 M4 on paper, but can Cadillac match that weight target? It certainly wouldn’t hurt Cadillac’s pursuit in dethroning what is one of the most iconic German automobile nameplates in history.
To read up on the all new M3 and M4, head over to Bimmerpost.