With the introduction of the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe and Sedan at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, one of the catch phrases often mentioned is “track-capable,” meaning that the ATS-V can be driven from the street to the track and perform flawlessly. However, when we attended the reveal at the auto show, we noticed how one of the ATS-Vs had a different front diffuser, which meant it was equipped with the optional “downforce-generating track aerodynamics package.”
The first step is the 2016 ATS-V Carbon Fiber package, optimizes the M3-fighter’s aerodynamic performance a via a more aggressive front splitter, carbon fiber hood vent trim, and rear diffuser, plus composite rocker extensions and a 30 mm taller, body-color rear spoiler.
The more hardcore may be at home with the 2016 ATS-V Track package, which brings in the Performance Data Recorder and a low-mass battery while deleting the floor mats, sunroof, and tire inflator kit to keep things light and fleet. The result is a weight savings of approximately 33 pounds and 50 pounds of downforce at 150 mph; a byproduct of this is that when downforce goes up, top speed of 189 mph goes down, giving the base 2016 ATS-V the highest top speed of the bunch, although it has 15 pounds of lift in comparison. The downforce figure reflects both the Carbon Fiber and Track packages.
Speaking at the reveal this morning, Cadillac’s big man on campus, Johan de Nysschen, called the 2016 ATS-V “performance without punishment,” suggesting that the coupe and sedan’s track capability does not mean that driving it on the street will be insufferable − in fact, it’s meant for daily driving. For the purist, not only does the 6-speed manual have Active Rev Match, but it also has “no-lift shifting” so you can powershift without worrying about destroying the motor. “Every vent and louver has earned its keep,” added de Nysschen.
As the ATS is already lighter and more agile than the competition, one could expect the ATS-V to do the same, and also be faster. Certainly by spring 2015 we should have evidence of that.