We loved the Cadillac ATS-V following our brief period spent behind its leather-wrapped wheel, but despite the immense amount of power on tap from its twin-turbocharged V6 LF4, we couldn’t help but wonder what the compact performance vehicle would be like with a V8.
If a new report from Motor Trend turns out to be true, we might not have to wonder forever how the ATS-V would be like with a thundering eight-cylinder power plant. Apparently, a more hardcore version of Cadillac’s high-performance compact luxury car will soon arrive with General Motors’ legendary 7.0-liter LS7 V8 under the hood, answering the prayers of enthusiasts all over America.
It’s not entirely clear where Motor Trend got its intel, only saying they “dug up” the info on the super high performance ATS-V, which is set to be called ATS-V+. If the vehicle ends up featuring the same motor used in the Camaro Z/28 and C6 Corvette Z06, it will trump the 464 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque on offer from the ATS-V’s twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 LF4 with 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque. Motor Trend points out the LS7 is also lighter than the LF4, which should aid in driving dynamics such as acceleration and handling .
As far as transmissions go, customers will have a choice between GM’s 8L90E eight-speed automatic transmission and seven-speed manual from the C7 Corvette. A dual-clutch will reportedly be on offer sometime down the road.
There’s no word on when the 7.0L V8-powered ATS-V+ will arrive, but we wouldn’t be all that surprised if it turned up at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this coming January.