Cadillac ATS V-Sport
The Cadillac ATS V-Sport is rumored to be an upcoming model of the Cadillac ATS family that will focus on sport and performance, though not to the level of the ATS-V.
Following is speculative and unconfirmed information about the Cadillac ATS V-Sport. This page is a continuous work-in-progress and will be updated on a regular basis as we await official details from General Motors and Cadillac.
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We expect the Cadillac ATS V-Sport to:
- Launch either for the 2016 or 2017 model years
- Be available in both four-door sedan and two-door coupe body styles
- Slot between the ATS 3.6 and the ATS-V, being tamer than the full-fledged ATS-V
- Be powered by Cadillac’s new twin-turbo 3.0L V6 LGW engine making something in the vicinity of 350-400 horsepower and 350-400 pound-feet of torque mated either to GM’s new 8-speed 8L90 automatic transmission with paddle-shifters or to the TREMEC TR6060 6-speed manual transmission
- Power will likely be sent to the rear wheels, though an all-wheel drive system could potentially be offered. For rear-wheel drive models, an electronic limited slip differential (G96) and a set of sticky, high-performance summer-only tires (such as Michelin Pilot Super Sports) will send power to the ground. Meanwhile, models with the possible all-wheel drive system will likely distribute power with a rear bias (to the tune of 30% front and 70% rear), wear all-season tires and not feature the limited slip diff.
- Feature upgraded brakes, including slotted rotors, upgraded pads, and painted brake calipers to show off the stopping power
- Deliver a sporty yet comfortable ride via Magnetic Ride Control (F55)
- Feature the ATS-V’s Special Ride and Handling package (FE4) either as standard or as an option
- Offer Recaro performance seats as an option
- Breathe out of a quad exhaust (dual exhaust, with two outlets each) like the ATS-V
At this point, we’re of two minds about the ATS V-Sport’s body work, as we can see Cadillac going either way on this:
- One possibility is that the ATS V-Sport will have the same/similar body work as the ATS-V, and
- The other possibility is that the ATS V-Sport will simply sport the same body work as the non-V ATS models, albeit with several upgrades like a body kit package.
Given our expectations about the ATS V-Sport are correct, then the vehicle will have the following rivals in the compact sport-luxury sedan and coupe segments:
ATS V-Sport Sedan Competitors:
- BMW 340i (previously-known as 335i)
- Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Sedan
- Audi S4
ATS V-Sport Coupe Competitors:
- BMW 440i (previously-known as 435i)
- Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Coupe (upcoming vehicle)
- Audi S5
Cadillac has not confirmed nor announced an ATS V-Sport. But the following findings lend credence to an ATS V-Sport:
- 2016 Cadillac ATS order guide mentions ATS V-Sport
- ATS V-Sport seen in new Cadillac accessories catalog
- Cadillac ATS V-Sport rumors and more rumors dating back to 2013