The Cadillac ATS sedan is not long for this world. General Motors’ luxury brand confirmed the four-door ATS will exit production this year, but the coupe will soldier on, in both regular and high-performance “V” guises. Eventually, Cadillac will replace both the ATS and CTS with two new sedans, one called the Cadillac CT5 and the other likely called the CT4.
That means, for now, the ATS-V coupe will serve as the ATS line’s highest performing model, but it will cost more for the 2019 model year.
Specifically, buyers will see the 2019 Cadillac ATS-V’s MSRP jump $4,000, according to Cars Direct. The price climbs from $64,790 to $68,790. Why the surge? Cadillac will now include the Carbon Fiber package as standard equipment for the 2019 ATS-V. Previously, the package was a $5,000 option.
The now-standard equipment includes a more aggressive front splitter, carbon fiber hood vent trim, and rear diffuser, plus composite rocker extensions and a 30 mm taller, body-color rear spoiler.
Aside from the standard carbon-fiber pieces, the major components remain the same. The 3.6-liter twin-turbo LF4 V6 engine powers the ATS-V and churns out 464 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. The car’s six-speed manual remains standard, but an eight-speed automatic is a $2,000 option.