Last place is becoming all too familiar for the 2017 Cadillac ATS-V. Among its peers, it continues to shine with a buttoned-down chassis and superb driving dynamics. Its weak link continues to be a coarse 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 engine.
Car and Driver rounded up the 2017 ATS-V, BMW M3, Mercedes AMG C63 S and Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio for yet another round of playing with four-door toys. However, the Alfa was the newcomer this time, after the BMW M3 walked away the winner in a previous comparison. The ATS-V also placed last then, too.
Again, the Cadillac’s biggest fault is the engine. It’s not down on power, but it’s lacking refinement, and we can agree, the engine does not sound very nice under throttle.
And the interior continues to remain ho-hum. Clashing material usage and strange analog gauges don’t portray the Alpha platform’s sporting intentions well at all.
It sure would be nice to see how a 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine and a spruced up interior would benefit the ATS-V. For now, those are only dreams, though.