When looking at a brand-new Cadillac ATS-V coupe with a 6-speed manual on a dealer lot, it’s hard not to act with the impulsivity of a fat kid in a candy store. The sharp looks and precise handling offer plenty, but the twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter LF4 V6 with 464 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque is the cherry on top.
Now in a previous review by The Smoking Tire, the ATS-V was said to be lacking something – soul to be exact. They wondered if driving a manual coupe instead of an automatic sedan would give them the edge they were looking for. That said, Klapman did state that he already found the ATS-V to be more “fun and engaging” to drive than the BMW M4.
In the end, Klapman narrows the critique down to the design of the car. He believes the engineering is there, but that the look of the car is lagging behind, along with some plastic interior components. Do you agree? Before deciding, see the review in its entirety. Then go ahead and leave a comment below. If you’re curious for a second opinion, we’ve also spent ample time with the Cadillac ATS-V.