It’s interesting how sedans used to be family trucksters, but today you’ll find them as family racers as well. With today’s introduction of the twin-turbocharged 2016 ATS-V Sedan, Cadillac adds stellar track capabilities and performance to what already is the lightest and most agile car in its class.
“Cadillac’s V-Series is the best example of Cadillac’s emerging product substance – and the purest expression of the passion at the core of the brand,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen.
Since its 2004 inception, Cadillac’s V-Series has given drivers the power power and performance capabilities that never existed before in an American sedan. Starting with the strengths of the award-winning ATS, Cadillac has built a dual-purpose luxury sedan that is equally at home at the track and on the road.
The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan’s motor is the first twin-turbocharged engine in a V-Series vehicle. At an estimated 455 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque, this Cadillac has the highest horsepower out of any six-cylinder in its class, giving it the capability of hitting 60 in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of more than 185 mph. Purists may choose the six-speed manual (with Active Rev Match, no-lift shifting, and launch control), but chances are the paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission (featuring launch control and Performance Algorithm Shift) will be faster.
Here are some “key performance technologies” according to Cadillac:
- Brembo high-performance brake system developed to provide durability, consistency and the capability for track-day performance straight from the factory
- Driver-selectable driving modes for touring, sport and track
- Available downforce-generating track aerodynamics package
- Functional exterior design for powertrain and drivetrain cooling, as well as aerodynamic performance
- An interior with high-performance seats and ergonomics focused on the driver’s interfaces with key features for performance driving.
“As the smallest and lightest V-Series ever, the ATS-V forges a great connection with the driver, with exceptional nimbleness and responsiveness,” said Cadillac Executive Chief Engineer David Leone. “It’s adaptable to the driver’s preferences, with every selectable mode developed to deliver the best performance for all types of driving scenarios, including the track.”
The ATS’s structure is already renowned for its stiffness, but for the ATS-V it has been optimized to better respond to cornering and torque loads, resulting in a 25-percent greater structural stiffness compared to the regular ATS. The new elements include:
- Unique shock tower-to-plenum brace
- Strengthened rocker bulkhead
- Stronger rear cradle-to-rocker braces
- A unique aluminum shear panel at the front of the chassis
- V-braces for the engine compartment.
“The ATS-V feels like it was machined from billet steel,” said chief engineer Tony Roma. “Along with supporting the higher performance capability of the car, the enhanced structure conveys confidence to the driver through a greater feeling of solidity and sharper, more precise responsiveness … The result is class-leading capability on the highway or track, balanced with luxury and refinement. In fact, the car is ready for the track right off the showroom floor, with no special modifications required.”
The Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires were developed specifically for the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V and feature a tri-compound tread that delivers a nice combination of excellent grip in performance driving while giving excellent ride quality. Also contributing to the sweet spot in ride and handling are Magnetic Ride Control (which delivers 40 percent faster damping response) and Performance Traction Management.
“V-Series is the emotive core of the Cadillac brand and the apex of the Art and Science design philosophy,” said executive director of Cadillac Global Design, Andrew Smith. “A car offering a bold sense of arrival, serious performance, seamless integration of technology, and precision craftsmanship. The exposed carbon fiber components, for example, are book-matched on the centerline for a more precise, tailored appearance.”
You can expect to be able to be able to purchase the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan late in the spring of 2015.