John Buttermore, lead development engineer for the vehicle, invites us to virtually ride shotgun for a lap around Circuit of the Americas while he rings out all 455 ponies and rows the Cadillac ATS-V‘s six-speed manual gearbox.
Buttermore’s commentary gives us a literal step-by-step of how he’s caressing the car’s power and sharp chassis. The engine sounds buttery smooth, where Buttermore makes use of the ATS-V’s flat-foot shifting to ensure constant boost, and the car has no problem holding grip through the track’s last sweeping bend. In fact, he holds the corner at around 80 mph according to the car’s PDR system. No doubt thanks to the car’s 25 percent stiffer structure compared to the regular ATS.
Of course, the car seems to really enjoy the straightaways too, and the V6 growl howls through each crisp shift at a delight to any enthusiast’s ears.
Availability is expected in late Spring of this year with orders commencing as you read this, and this video only reinvigorates our excitement for this car’s coming. So excuse us while we scrounge our furniture for a few lone pennies.