Cadillac’s small but growing V-Series family has welcomed two new members — the anew, 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan and Coupe. As the company’s first legitimate answer to the BMW M3 and M4, respectively, the performance-tuned sports cars have the trappings of a true global competitor.
Both the 2016 ATS V Sedan and Coupe are powered by a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 450 horsepower and 425 lb-ft. (603 Nm) of torque. Fitted with either a six-speed manual or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission that sends all power to the rear wheels, they accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in around 3.9 seconds and have a top speed of approximately 185 mph (297 km/h).
In addition to being more powerful, they have superior handling than the regular ATS Sedan and Coupe, courtesy of a stiffened chassis, a sports-tuned suspension, an electronic limited-slip differential, and GM’s Magnetic Ride Control. High-performance Brembo brakes provide all necessary stopping power.
Visually, the 2016 ATS V Sedan and Coupe sport an aggressive body kit complete with a V-series mesh grille, larger lower intake, carbon fiber splitter, and revised side skirts. A ventilated hood with a power bulge covers the powerful V6 engine.
The rear end is characterized by quad exhaust tips and a large spoiler, while the lightweight, 18-inch alloy wheels are wrapped around in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.
Inside, the two sports cars feature a digital instrument cluster with V Series graphics, a beefy three-spoke steering wheel fitted with paddle-shifters, and Recaro front bucket seats. The nifty Performance Data Recorder that debuted on the C7 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is also part of their list of equipment.
Considering that the regular ATS Sedan and Coupe give the BMW 3 Series and 4 Series a run for their money, we get the feeling the ATS-V Sedan and Coupe have what it takes to give the M3 and M4 a beating.
What do you think about the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan and Coupe?