Each and every time the 2017 Cadillac ATS-V arrives at a comparison test, it’s the same old song and dance. The chassis? Sublime. Handling and capability on the track? Incredible. Powertrain and interior fit and finish? Meh.
Now, the 2017 ATS-V may be doing a few more double takes at track days as BMW revealed the 2018 M4 CS at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show.
Meant to be the in-betweener for the M4 GTS and regular competition package, the M4 CS arrives with a tweaked suspension setup and 454 horsepower paired to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. Like the C7 Corvette Grand Sport balances power with handling precision, the M4 CS is meant to do much of the same.
Specifically, the dampers are tuned to support superior performance on and off the track with Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes. The latter is reserved for the track if you took a wild guess. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires come standard as well.
However, pricing will leapfrog the ATS-V in every way. In Europe, the BMW M4 CS will go on sale with a €116,900 price tag, or roughly $125,000 USD. That’s quite a bit of money for a sport sedan.
It remains to be seen how Cadillac will up the ante with its sport sedan game when an all-new ATS finally debuts in the future, which will adopt Cadillac’s CT nomenclature. Will we see a better-executed interior? A more potent engine? Those are all question we’re pondering as the segment continues to heat up.