My personal opinion on the new ATS-Vs: I think they’re neat cars. They’re a great handling car, but they don’t do a whole lot for me performance wise – I mean, not for $70,000. No knock against Cadillac, I love Cadillacs, but I just think the stock setup doesn’t have enough get-up-and-go to push my button.
However, after the air filters were swapped, the new axle-back exhaust bolted on, and the ECU recalibrated to maximize performance, John finds the car much more entertaining – so much so that he refers to it as a “baby GT-R.” That’s high praise; the R35 Nissan GT-R is an undisputed performance heavyweight.
And with 453 horsepower and 433 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels, why wouldn’t it be entertaining?
The cost to make your ATS-V a little bit more Godzilla-like is $3,995 plus shipping, assuming you’re willing to perform the install yourself. Alternatively, you can pay $5,995 to have the pros at Hennessey Performance Engineering take care of installation for you. For more information on the package, click here.
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