No slouch, and not a poor performer by any means, the 3.6-liter V6 never matched what the ATS-V’s package offered up. And the car was originally meant to house a 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine. Cadillac Society reported on Saturday the engineering plans were derailed between 2012 and 2014 under former Cadillac boss Bob Ferguson.
Ferguson reportedly declared the ATS-V must feature a twin-turbo V6 to match the winning formula of the BMW M3 and M4. Thus, the LF4 made its way under the hood and the LT1 was ousted.
The ATS-V quickly just fell in line with the competition, rather than arriving at the party as the bonkers Cadillac CTS-V’s raucous little brother. The CTS-V uses the 6.2-liter LT4 supercharged V8 engine, a derivative of the LT1.
It’s unclear what the future holds for a smaller Cadillac V-series car as the brand moves to replace the ATS, CTS and XTS with two sedans, likely called the CT5 and CT3. But, we’ll never know what the ATS-V could have been with an overhead valve V8 engine.