A lot of manufacturers have tried cracking the BMW M3’s sport sedan formula. Some have had good luck. Others? Not so much.
The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V sits as the first true competitor to the BMW M3 in size and specifications, letting the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V go larger, and square its sights on M5 territory.
Motor Trend decided to find out whether the 2016 ATS-V, or the 2016 Mercedes AMG C63 S, came closer to besting the BMW M3 in its latest Head 2 Head comparison. Spoiler alert, the publication says both are better than the M3.
But, it’s same old, same old for the 2016 ATS-V. Cadillac’s latest V-series vehicle loses points for CUE’s lackluster performance, and a not-so-special feeling interior. It’s something we’ve detailed, too, in our first drive of the 2016 ATS-V at Road America. The chassis? Sublime. The finer details? Almost there.
In comparison, or contrast, rather, the 2016 AMG C63 S employs a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 making 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, besting the ATS-V’s LF4 twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 and its 464 hp and 445 lb-ft.
There’s more contrast from the AMG, too. Hands down, the interior is a nicer place to be, we’ll echo MT on that. But, the publication calls it a close one on both cars, calling the 2016 ATS-V one of the best driving cars ever made. It becomes clear the M3 has had a target on its back for much too long, and the Americans, as well as cross-town rivals, have earned their slice of the sport sedan market.
Who was the true winner? We’ll invite you to click play above, and find out for yourself.