Cadillac’s 2016 ATS-V blows into LA with 455 turbocharged horses – UPDATE

The Cadillac ATS has been stalking BMW’s 3 Series for awhile now, but there’s been one thing missing from its arsenal: a rival for the vaunted M3 sedan and M4 coupe.

That will finally change at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, where the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V will shout down the Germans with a twin-turbocharged wail.

V is to Cadillac as M is to BMW, an in-house tuner producing insane versions of regular cars. So what kind of magic does the V badge bring to this ATS?

As we previously reported, the ATS-V will use use a 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6. It will drive the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.

What no one could predict was how powerful it is. Cadillac estimates output at 455 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque, outclassing the turbocharged inline-six M3/M4’s 425 hp and 406 lb-ft, but a bit behind the V8-powered Lexus RC F and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG.

With all of that grunt, Cadillac says the ATS-V will launch itself to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds with the automatic, and reach a top speed of “more than” 185 mph. Those figures are the same for both coupe and sedan.

The 0 to 60 mph time matches that of a dual-clutch automatic M4 coupe (the quickest iteration), and the Bimmer is electronically limited to 155 mph.

To make the ATS-V as multi-talented as its German rival, Cadillac also stiffened the structure by 25 percent, and added the latest version of its Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension, which it says can make adjustments 40 percent faster than before.

It’s all concealed within a pumped-up version of the stock ATS’ styling. Both the coupe and sedan look ready to intimidate BMW drivers.

To increase cooling airflow, aerodynamic performance, and general badassery, Cadillac added a vented carbon-fiber hood, meaner-looking front and rear fascias with larger air intakes, and front splitter.

Wider fenders house lightweight 18-inch aluminum wheels and Brembo brakes. For an even more aggressive look, and available Carbon Fiber package adds more aero aids.

On the inside, the ATS-V features Recaro sport seats and a model-specific 5.7-inch digital gauge cluster. It’s also available with all of the tech features of a standard ATS, including the CUE infotainment system and OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.

The ATS-V can also be had with the Performance Data Recorder that debuted on the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, with video, audio, and telemetry recording capabilities.

The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V arrives nest spring. Pricing and final specifications will be announced closer to the on-sale date, but the party doesn’t stop there.

The ATS-V’s big brother, the 2016 CTS-V, will be unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show in January.

UPDATE: We added more photos for you to admire.

Product Review

The 2019 Porsche Macan S is a luxurious and quick SUV, but it's no road tripper

The roster of models challenging the Porsche Macan grows annually. The German firm updated its smallest, most affordable SUV with a new engine, more tech features, and subtle design tweaks to keep it looking fresh.
Cars

2020 Toyota Supra caught hiding in a trailer without a shred of camouflage

Toyota's plan to once again lure enthusiasts into showrooms involves bringing back the Supra, one of its most emblematic nameplates. Here's what we know so far about the upcoming coupe, which Toyota is developing jointly with BMW.
Cars

2019 Ford Ranger saves fuel without sacrificing towing capacity

The 2019 Ford Ranger marks Ford's long-awaited return to the midsize truck segment, which has seen a resurgence lately. But will being late to the party make Ford's job more difficult?
Cars

Take a friend stargazing at 202 mph in the 2019 McLaren 720S Spider

McLaren has introduced the 2019 720S Spider. As its name implies, it's a convertible variant of the 720S coupe. The company promises the Spider retains the coupe's dynamism and agility thanks in part to the widespread use of carbon fiber.
Cars

Gateway’s born-again Ford Bronco boasts classic style, 2018 muscle car power

Illinois-based Gateway Bronco has received a license from Ford to make brand-new examples of the first-generation Bronco. Every build starts with a Ford VIN and a donor vehicle, but Gateway upgrades every part of the car.
Cars

Bloodhound’s plan to build a 1,000-mph car has run out of gas

The Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) project has officially shut down. The upside is you can now buy a 135,000-horsepower car powered by a jet engine and a cluster of rockets for $319,000.
Cars

Pininfarina Battista is a 1,900-horsepower, 250-mph electric supercar

The Pininfarina Battista will be the first production car from famed Italian design firm Pininfarina. Named after company founder Battista Pininfarina, it has a claimed 1,900 horsepower and a $2.5 million price tag.
Cars

Tesla could show the electric pickup Elon Musk is dying to build in 2019

Tesla has started designing its long-promised pickup truck. The yet-unnamed model will come with dual-motor all-wheel drive and lots of torque, plus it will be able to park itself.
Cars

Allegro.ai is helping Hyundai mine the artificial intelligence gold rush

In November 2018, Hyundai invested in a startup named Allegro.ai. We talked to the company's founder to learn more about what that means for consumers in the not-too-distant futures.
Emerging Tech

With this robotic garage, retrieving your car is like using a vending machine

Remembering where we parked our cars can be a real pain. But what if our cars came to find us, rather than the other way around? A new automated robot parking valet system aims to help.
Cars

Thinking of opting for a car with a diesel engine? Here's what you need to know

Modern diesel-powered models prove that it is possible to build a clean, efficient diesel engine without sacrificing performance. Here's what you need to know about diesel cars, and how they differ from gasoline-powered models.
Cars

Best Products of 2018

Our reception desk has so many brown boxes stacked up, it looks like a loading dock. We’re on a first-name basis with the UPS guy. We get new dishwashers more frequently than most people get new shoes. What we’re trying to say is: We…
Cars

These winter-warrior cars will never leave you out in the cold

Snow can be an absolute pain if your vehicle isn't optimized to handle that sort of terrain. If brutal snowstorms are an annual part of your life, we recommend you pick up one of these winter-ready vehicles.
Cars

NYC mandates minimum wage for Uber, Lyft, other app-based rideshare drivers

New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission approved a rule that drivers for companies such as Uber and Lyft must be paid at least minimum wage, even though they are independent contractors. The new pay rate includes operating costs.