Development of the next-generation Cadillac CTS-V and all-new ATS-V is ongoing, so it’s no surprise that AutoEvolution recently caught the two cars chasing each other around every manufacturer’s favorite testing grounds, the Nurburgring.
The photos show the ATS-V and CTS-V just as we’ve seen them before, with a gaping barred grille, wide black rims shod in sticky rubber, a reworked front fascia, side skirts and a rear diffuser housing four large exhaust tips. What’s interesting is AutoEvolution’s photographer said the ATS was emitting a noise which was “definitely produced by a six-cylinder unit, topped off with the tell-tale whoosh of turbos.”
Rumor has it that powering the ATS-V will be a more powerful version of the 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged LF3 V6 currently in the CTS and XTS Vsport models. That engine produces 420 horsepower in the CTS, and could see a bump up to or beyond 450 horsepower when adapted for use in the ATS-V in order to bring the fight to the also six-cylinder and also turbocharged BMW M4.
The ATS prototype at the ‘Ring was pictured with red Recaro racing buckets, which are probably for testing purposes and won’t be found on the production car. Instead, expect nicely bolstered leather buckets like those found on the M4 or Mercedes C63.
As for the CTS, its powerplant is more of a mystery. Some have said the car will use a version of the 650 horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V8 which will power the 2015 Corvette Z06, while earlier reports suggested a turbocharged mill was being tested as well. It does seem unlikely that the photographer would have been able to hear the turbos on the ATS-V and not the CTS-V, though. We’ll find out for sure when Cadillac decides to announce these two, possibly at the Detroit Auto Show in January.
Check out the spy photos here.