The ATS-V is one of the more-anticipated Caddys since the completely redesigned CTS made itself seen at the 2013 New York Auto Show. It’s not too hard to predict what this M3/M4 fighter will bring to the party, but there is still a slight debate on what will power it. Essentially everyone agrees that the ATS-V will use the 3.6-liter, twin-boosted V-6 that we all fell in love with in the CTS Vsport, but there is some disagreement on how much power it will have. Some folks claim it sill carry the same 420 horses and 430 pound-feet of twist as the CTS Vsport , but some — myself included — think Caddy will boost its power slightly to better battle the M3 and M4 .
According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, we will not have to wait much longer to find out what it’s packing, as the sedan version will debut at the 2014 LA Auto Show. The LA show kicks off for the press on November 19, 2014,meaning we will see it in just a few month’s time.
Unfortunately, only the four-door model will show its face in the City of Angels, as the two-door M4 fighter will wait until 2015 to make its debut.
We’ll bring you all the details on the greasy bits once GM reveals it, so keep it here at TopSpeed.com.
Why it Matters
Cadillac is in full-court-press mode in keeping up with its German rivals. Much like Infiniti, Caddy simply doesn’t have the cache of BMW or Mercedes , but with models like the CTS-V and ATS-V, the American luxury brand may be able to drum up a little more interest. What’s more, if the ATS-V can one-up the M3 and M4 in terms of performance, Cadillac will earn tons of credibility among buyers. Then again, it is quite a long shot for the ATS-V to overtake the might M3 and M4.
The ATS rolled into Cadillac dealerships in 2013 and gave the automaker a smaller sedan — later a coupe — to tackle the 3 Series and C-Class. For 2015, the ATS has three engine options, with its base unit being a 2.5-liter four-pot with 202 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of twist. The optional units are a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with 272 horses and a 3.6-liter V-6 with 321 horses.