The comparison tests keep rolling in featuring Cadillac’s latest attempt at cracking the sport coupe formula. And if we had anything to say about it, we think the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V is an extremely formidable player here. Especially as a first go.
But, this time it was Cars.com rounding up three sport coupes and putting them through their paces on the track.
The good news? The 2016 ATS-V didn’t place in last. The bad news? It placed behind it’s most heated rival: the BMW M4.
Cars.com says the M4 is simply still the benchmark in this class. And we’d agree, to a degree. The M4 does a lot of things right still. The power is always ready upon exiting a corner, and the chassis is sublime. But the automatic transmission is a major downfall in the car, as noted by the publication.
The 2016 ATS-V does nearly everything the M4 does, except, it feel less special. That’s us talking, by the way. Cars.com says the dampening and steering was too soft compared to M4, something it wasn’t a fan of. Though, the 2016 ATS-V won fans for its six-speed manual gearbox. The V series still lacks some of the charm an M car brings with it. Even if the marketing department has gone overboard with ensuring M decals reside at each corner of their cars.
The story was not so good for the Lexus, however. The RC-F was deemed too heavy, and lacked the low-end grunt of the turbocharged V6 engines found in the ATS-V and M4, leaving the car in third place.
What’s your say? Was this a fair positioning? Or should the ATS-V have taken top honors. Sound off below if you feel so compelled.