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Is this a leaked first-look at the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V?

Dinking around on theĀ Los Angeles Auto Show press page, I found a very convincing image of what could well be a leaked image of the BMW M4-fighting ATS-V, which is set for global debut next week in the city of angels.

We expect the ATS-V to be powered by a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 that produces 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. To put that into perspective, the aforementioned M4 makes 425 hp and 406 lb-ft. To me, that means the ATS-V will be pretty darn comparable – at least in 0 to 60. If the standardĀ ATS Coupe is any indication, however, it likely won’t handle as well as an M4. However, it could offer buyers tired of German sports coupes a very distinctive alternative to the Bimmer. That is, until the next Audi S5 debuts.

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At first glance, however, despite what we suspect of the Caddy’s handling capabilities and interior refinement failings, I can say that I very much prefer the lines of the ATS-V to that of the M4. Is this the finest example of the Cadillac ‘Art & Science’ design language? I say, “yes.”

We’ll be following this story very closely and will bring you more as soon as we know it, be it images or more official details. So be sure to check back often.