The 2016 ATS-V represents another achievement for the American luxury maker. This model provides plenty of power, comfort and style at the same time. This Cadillac’s new-gen “muscle” is totally capable of kicking some German’s butts we all love; we dare to say.
In fact, the whole point of the 2016 ATS-V is to win over the Mercedes-AMG C63 and the BMW M3, two cars that we deeply love here, at Up and Coming Cars. The specialized media is really convinced by the Caddy’s skills to make this possible. There are dead-serious specs, looking to excel in the track. In the meanwhile, the comfort and luxury are mandatory, accompanied with a slim but aggressive stance.
Let’s take a further look of the 2016 ATS-V.
Powertrain and Specs
The 2016 ATS-V packs a massive twin-turbocharged intercooled DOHC 24-valve 3.6 L V6 powerplant. This piece of American engineering is capable of generating about 464 hp at 5850 RPM and 445 lb-ft of maximum torque at 3500 RPM. Along with it, this beats sports an 8-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting, totally prepared and tuned to excel in performance terms.
This led us to know more about performance. The 3800 lb (1724 kg) monster is capable of going from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds, while the top speed is drag limited at 185 mph (298 km/h), which is really impressive. In the other hand, the fuel efficiency is rated at 16 mpg for the city and 24 mpg for the highway.
The well-built, track-focused chassis deliver a unique experience when cornering and overall handling at high speeds. The Magnetic Ride Control suspension is one of the most interesting features operating onboard, representing a key factor for the stunning performance delivered.
In this matter, Cadillac made an astonishing job tuning this colossal ride, just in order to making it a track-ready machinery for everyone. From the suspension to the steering, the driving experience on a 2016 ATS-V is marvelous and unbelievable, highly appraised by many.
Stylish Form and Comfort
The 2016 ATS-V is available in both Coupe and Sedan, which is an amazing alternative, depending on the preferences and tastes. As expected, this Cadillac features the trademark design of the car maker. We find the same front fascia in other models, obvious slightly adapted to this case. When you see it from a side, you notice the athletic line going from a low area in the front end to the rear, arising.
In the rear, the two vertical LED taillights are accompanied with two chrome twin exhaust outlets. The sporty rear wing comes as a US$5.000 option, that seems to be too much.
The sleek, sexy design could be having a negative impact on the practicability and comfort, which suppose a huge sacrifice. The rear passengers will have serious problems with the leg room, which is really small and limited. Also, there are a few flaws in terms of design when we try entering through the rear doors. Of course, this is a problem exclusive of the Sedan trim.
A lot of luxury is available inside the cabin, both in standard and optional, depending how much do you need and desire. While Cadillac’s cabin never disappoints, there are a few problems related to the CUE infotainment system, as lag and totally uncomfortable use. A 7-speaker audio system comes standard, while 9, 10 and 12-speaker setups are available as extras.
The Bottom Line
As a serious competitor for solid German alternatives, the 2016 ATS-V excels at almost everything. It is beautiful, powerful and delivers an amazing experience when driving it.
The base price starts at US$61.460.