Launched for the 2013 model year, the Cadillac ATS sedan was developed as a luxury competitor to the BMW 3 Series , the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Audi A4 . Nearly two years later, the GM-owned brand expanded the ATS family to include a two-door coupe aimed mainly at the BMW 4 Series . Just like its sedan sibling, the ATS Coupe gained a turbo, 2.0-liter four-banger and a 3.6-liter V-6 rated at 272 horsepower and 321 ponies, respectively. Additionally, and much like the CTS range, the ATS family is set to receive the high-performance "V" treatment.
As we approach 2015, it’s becoming clearer that the ATS-V Coupe is the first model to have its engine injected with more oomph. The move will push the stylish two-door vehicle closer to BMW’s range-topping 4 Series model, the M4 , and into a market that also includes the awesome Audi RS5 . Will Cadillac stand a chance against the big guns of the industry? Let’s start our analysis by having a look at the spy shots we just received in our inbox.
Updated 07/22/2014: We created a rendering of the future ATS-V Coupe based on the spy shots we’ve seen so far. Check it out after the jump.
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While creating the ATS-V Coupe rendering, we followed the same steps as in the CTS-V, including a new Maybach -style grill, a new spoiler integrated on the rear, splitters up front and side skirts along with larger air intakes.
There is also a slight hump in the bonnet, which indicates a vent at the bonnet. Also from what we can see in the spy shots, the vertical daytime running lamps are missing from the V model.
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July 14, 2014 - Cadillac ATS-V Coupe testing near Nurburgring
Just like the upcoming CTS-V, the brand-new ATS-V Coupe landed in Germany for extensive testing on the Nurburgring track. Given the two-door Caddy is aimed at the BMW M4 , the most powerful and agile coupe in its class, seeing it on the "Green Hell" comes at no surprise. Unfortunately, the heavy camouflage covering the front and rear fascias prevent us from having a peek at the car’s design, but there are a few details we can speculate upon.
While the AST-V's styling is not much of a mystery, its powerplant is still unknown.
Firstly, it appears the ATS-V received a front grille similar to that seen on the CTS-V. The trapezoidal, V-shaped piece comes with the same vertical slats and covers most of the fascia, being wider than the grille fitted on the standard model. Secondly, the aggressive apron now features a three-piece intake configuration and a prominent splitter for enhanced downforce. The new aero package continues around back with a trunk spoiler and a redesigned rear diffuser. A new, twin-exhaust system is also noticeable below the rear apron. Lastly, a set of lightweight, alloy wheels suggests Cadillac focused on shaving a few more pounds off the coupe before slapping a "V" badge on its trunk.
While the AST-V’s styling is not much of a mystery, its powerplant is still unknown. However, our best educated guess is that Cadillac has dropped a twin-turbo, 3.6-liter V-6 in the engine bay. We expect the mill to deliver at least 430 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque, figures that will place the ATS-V Coupe above the M4 as far as output goes. In the transmission department, we figure the six-speed automatic offered on the regular ATS will be dropped in favor of an eight-speed autobox.
The BMW M4 is the No. 1 competitor on Cadillac’s list when it comes to the ATS-V Coupe. Introduced for the 2015 model year, the M4 is the first coupe to carry the all-new M4 moniker. Besides a new design and a revamped interior, the M4 also got a new engine. Gone is the naturally aspirated, 4.4-liter V-8, which has been replaced by a more powerful and fuel-efficient, 3.0-liter inline-six. Gifted with the company’s Twin-Power turbo technology, the powerplant is rated at 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, a hefty improvement over the thirsty V-8.
That’s enough to send the coupe flying from 0 to 60 mph in only 4.1 seconds with a six-speed manual and in a lightning-fast 3.9 seconds with the seven-speed M Double Clutch automatic. As with most BMWs, top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph no matter the gearbox. Pricing for the 2015 BMW M4 begins from $64,200.
Gallery BMW M4 Coupe
The current Audi RS5 is nearly five years old, but the high-performance coupe gained a few nips and tucks for the 2014 model year. That should keep it fresh for a few more years, just enough to go against the ATS -V Coupe before a new generation comes along. While the RS5’s exterior is a matter of taste, its interior is one of the best in the segment, successfully blending sportiness and luxury. The race-inspired seats, the carbon-fiber inlays and the huge amount of technology will keep bringing customers to Audi dealerships.
Power is yet another persuasive factor, as the 4.2-liter V-8 cranks out 450 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of twist. Sure, the four-ringed coupe lags behind both the BMW and the Caddy in the torque department, but the 450 ponies and the fact the RS5 is still carrying a V-8 under the hood are two selling points very few enthusiasts can ignore. Mated to a seven-speed, S-tronic automatic, the engines pushes the coupe from naught to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and onto a top speed of 174 mph. The RS5 retails from $69,600.
Gallery Audi RS5
Although there’s a brand-new C-Class coming in dealerships, the ATS-V Coupe will have to wait a bit longer to meet the redesigned version of the C63 AMG Coupe. In the meantime, the Germans are still offering the model based on the previous W204 C-Class. That’s not bad news if you’re a fan of AMG’s enormous, 6.2-liter, V-8 engine and the 451 ponies that come with it. A bit slower than its BMW and Audi counterparts, the 2014 C63 AMG needs 4.4 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standing start, while top speed sits at 155 mph.
These figures will change over the next couple of years, as will the V-8 heart hidden under the hood. The next-gen will arrive with a smaller, biturbo, 4.0-liter V-8, but with more power and torque, as well as improved performance. Until that happens, customers can take a 2014 C63 AMG home for at least $62,750.