Not long ago we got word that the impending 2016 Cadillac ATS-V would make its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, while its mid-size sibling the CTS-V would debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in January. Now the LA Times has also come out to say the ATS-V will be at LA, but only in sedan form.
Cadillac’s ATS-V will do battle with the BMW M3, the current leader of the compact performance car segment, and others such as the C63 AMG and Audi RS4. And while the 2016 ATS-V will initially be shown in sedan form only, with the two-door ATS-V coupe variant will be shown off some time in 2015. All three new ‘V’ cars, the CTS-V and ATS-V coupe and sedan will go on sale sometime next year.
Many believe the 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged LF3V6 lifted from the Cadillac CTS Vsport will be under the hood of the ATS-V, which should give it at least 420 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. Though we expect that the LF3 has been worked over a bit and we will see higher numbers. On that end, the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is expected to receive a version of the 650 horsepower supercharged LT4 V8 from the 2015 Corvette Z06, though it may be down rated to around 600 horsepower when adapted for use in the Cadillac. We’ll know for sure once auto show season kicks off in less than two month’s time.