According to a report from Automobile Magazine, the upcoming Cadillac ATS-V will not be powered by the same 3.6L twin turbocharged V6 found in Cadillac CTS and XTS Vsport models as previously thought.
A twin turbo 3.2 liter V6 derived from General Motors High Feature engine architecture, like the larger LF3 V6, is expected to find its way into the ATS-V. A normally aspirated version of this engine was developed by Holden in Australia for use on the Captiva line of crossovers. Interestingly, the basic architecture was also used by Alfa Romeo for its twin turbo JTS engine found in the Alfa Romeo Brera, 159, and Spider between 2005-2010.
However Automobile says the 3.2 to be found In the ATS-V will feature several unique attributes, such as its forced induction layout and direct injection system that are developed within GM, and won’t be a reproduction of Alfa’s JTS engine. GM is reportedly opting for the smaller displacement mill as it provides a better platform for tuning the car above 500 horsepower (because of thicker cylinder walls?), a figure GM engineers are adamant on achieving for the ATS-V. That’s 70 horsepower more than what’s expected from the all-new F80 BMW M3, launching next year.
If 500 hp is what they want, they should have just dropped an LS7 in there, and called it a day.