As it turns out, Cadillac was a touch conservative in its original estimation. And it seems the storied brand has managed to squeeze out an 9 hp and has bumped up the stated output of the twin-turbo 3.6L LF4 V6 to an official, SAE-verified 464 horsepower.
The torque output of the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V, previously announced at 455 lb-ft, remains intact.
It seems the extra lift in power has also affected Cadillac’s previously announced performance claims as well. The extra 9 hp has clipped .1 seconds off the dash to 60 mph– the ATS-V will hit the mark in 3.8 seconds, not 3.9, when equipped with GM’s new 8L90 eight-speed paddle-shift transmission. For the record, both the ATS-V Coupe and ATS-V Sedan will have a six-speed manual transmission, as well.
Similarly, the American sport luxury vehicle is now rated with a 189 mph to speed, a full four mph faster than the 185 mph originally claimed by Cadillac.
That means the new 2016 Cadillac ATS-V is now .3 seconds quicker to 60 mph than 425 hp BMW M3 (BMW claims 4.1 seconds when equipped with the 7-speed DCT) and about .2 seconds faster than Mercedes-Benz claims for the C63 AMG S (510hp), which hits the mark in 4 seconds flat.
The ATS-V should also hold its own on track, too. Because along with the promise of a fantastic chassis, the Cadillac ATS-V Sedan and ATS-V Coupe will also come equipped with its own version of the Cosworth-sourced Performance Data Recorder.