Cadillac ATS-V Explained – Video
The ATS-V is Cadillac’s athletic, muscle-bound contender, eager to represent the home team in the fight against other performance rides like the BMW M3 and M4. Sedan and coupe both get a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6 cranking out 464 hp through the rear wheels and either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic. Slick magnet-actuated adaptive dampers are standard, as is the irksome CUE infotainment system. Get the optional Recaro front seats; in our opinion, they’re well worth the extra cost.
Exclusive to ATS-V, the 3.6L Twin Turbo engine produces 464 hp and 445 lb-ft of torque, for acceleration best thought of in terms of lift-off. Combined with high-strength, lightweight titanium connecting rods, low-inertia titanium-aluminide turbine wheels and a patented low-volume charge-air cooler, it sprints from 0-60 mph in an unsurpassed 3.8 seconds.