No car has had us waiting, guessing and counting down the days to see it quite like Cadillac’s ATS-V. Sure, we’re excited for the next-generation CTS-V and all, but we already know GM is more than capable of building a high performance midsize vehicle like the CTS. But the brand has never built a go-fast compact car like the ATS-V before, which is why we’ve been anxiously anticipating its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Luckily, we don’t have to wait until the LA show to see the ATS-V.
Thanks to the internet, the American BMW M3/M4 fighter has been spotted completely uncovered ahead of its unveil. We have the photos, which show a white ATS-V looking about as production ready as they come.
The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe is similar to the last-gen CTS-V in many ways. For starters, it has a V-shaped grille that’s very CTS-V-esque, though it looks thinner than that of the CTS-V, with a much larger lower air dam. There also appears to be a small second vent in the chrome strip above the grille opening, as well as a large extractor vent on the hood.
The side of the car reveals flared fenders, side skirts and black 18- or 19-inch wheels that sit tightly in the wheel wells. Out back, we see a small rear diffuser section with a center-mounted reverse light, quad exhaust pipes, and an aggressive, functional, rear decklid spoiler — all things we noticed when we saw the car testing at the Nurburgring.
While we now know what the 2016 ATS-V Coupe looks like, we’re still left guessing as to what, specifically, is hiding under that hood. We’re anticipating that a tuned variant of GM’s 3.6-liter LF3 twin-turbocharged V6 seen in the CTS Vsport will be employed in the lighter ATS-V family. To note, the boosted six-banger makes 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque in the CTS Vsport, but output will be bumped to around 450 in the ATS-V.
Cadillac also recently acknowledged the existence of a new 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 slated for use in the upcoming CT6 full-size flagship sedan, an engine that will be “the most powerful six-cylinder gas engine in the segment.” It seems that the engine could also potentially be used in the ATS-V. To note, the new BMW M3/M4 makes use of a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6.
We’ll have all the details on the all-new ATS-V when it makes its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show next mont, so stay tuned.