As the 464 hp 2016 Cadillac ATS-V arrives on scene, it’s worth noting how the current ATS Coupe stacks up against its rivals. Consider it the lightweight round before the big brawl (one that is sure to be more interesting than the over-hyped, 12-round yawn between Mayweather and Pacquiao).
While the current ATS hasn’t quite been the sales success many of us had hoped for, it’s still a competitively priced alternative to many of its imported rivals. Just ask the folks at Car and Driver, who recently pitted the 2015 Audi S5 against the Cadillac ATS Coupe 3.6 and the Lexus RC350 F Sport.
It was an admirable fight but the 321 hp Cadillac ATS Coupe couldn’t quite manage to unseat the veteran Audi S5 in the eyes of the C&D judges, however it did manage to keep the third-place Lexus at bay.
But don’t lose all hope; the lightweight, 3,569 lb ATS Coupe still managed to land a few choice haymakers:
1) The ATS outmuscled the S5 and RC350 in key areas like performance, steering feel, brake feel, and handling.
2) The ATS’s .94 g skidpad performance easily outweighed the S5’s .90 g and the RC350’s .85 g.
3) ATS Coupe is 324lbs lighter than the RC350 (3,884 lbs) and an incredible 394 lbs skinnier than the bloated Audi S5 (3,954 lbs)
Car and Driver noted there was one major factor that prevented the ATS from taking the crown: its LFX V6.
“Unfortunately, the ATS’s powertrain doesn’t carry its share of the freight. The engine shakes like a frigid canine at idle and howls like a tormented cat when running to the redline, ” wrote author Don Sherman.
This leads us back to where were started: we can’t wait to see what happens when the ATS-V climbs into the ring with its enemies.
In the meantime you can view the final scoring and complete specs of the lightweight round right here.