2015 Cadillac ATS Sedan

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  • Cadillac ATS Sedan
  • Year:
    2015
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    202 @ 6300
  • Torque @ RPM:
    191 @ 4400
  • Displacement:
    2.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    7.5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    130 mph
  • Price:
    34000
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Introduced for the 2013 model year, the Cadillac ATS is one of the newest products to come out of Lansing, Michigan. Developed to compete in a market dominated by the BMW 3 Series, the ATS rides on GM’s Alpha platform and is Caddy’s smallest four-door sedan as of June 2014. Although it spent less than two years in showrooms, the sedan got a mild refresh for the 2015 model year, borrowing the front end, the interior and the suspension that debuted on its Coupe cousin.

Scheduled to break cover later in 2014, the revised 2015 Cadillac ATS sedan has revealed itself earlier than expected during a commercial shoot. The four-door compact has been spotted on the road posing for the camera in its brand-new suit, allowing us to have a closer look at some of the changes Cadillac is getting ready to introduce. Not surprising, the exterior updates revolve around the brand-new ATS Coupe and include the company’s re-branding campaign by means of a redesigned crest.

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10 fun coupes with enough space for your golf clubs

Finding the right cart to help you tee up

Whether it’s a quick jaunt to the driving range, or an entire Sunday spent on the links with your friends, it’s important to have the right ride to get you and your gear to the golf course without a fuss. As such, the big luxury automakers out there offer a range of two-door coupes with enough space in the rear to transport your clubs, bag, and whatever else you need for a round or two, all without sacrificing comfort in the cabin. But which of these is the best?

To find out, we took a look at all the big names on the market from the perspective of a golfer. First and foremost, the coupe in question has to have enough trunk space to carry at least one golf bag, assuming an average golf bag size of 36 inches by 14 inches by 10 inches, or 3 cubic feet, give or take. What’s more, we’re also considering style and appearance, as well as luxury and equipment features inside the cabin.

So then - arranged in no particular order, here’s our picks for the top 10 luxury coupes to take golfing.

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CTS-V and ATS-V are Axed to Make Way for the 2019 Cadillac CT6-V

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Refreshing the Caddy lineup

Cadillac has announced it will reposition the recently revealed CT6 V-Sport as an actual V-branded model. That’s all well and good, but it apparently entails waving goodbye to the excellent ATS-V and CTS-V performance sedans. Both will be taken out of production by the spring of 2019, and in their place will be the CT6-V, once more performance bits are added on.

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Five Cars That Will Be Axed Soon

SUVs are devouring everything

In the changing circumstances of the car market, car manufacturers have to reimagine their business models and discontinue a number of cars we became so accustomed to. Last year, Hyundai axed the Azera, Nissan stopped producing the Quest, and even the Dodge Viper met its end. This year and the next year, another five cars are bound to be discontinued. We may search for reasons for ages, but the simple fact of the matter is that these cars don’t sell well enough for car companies to keep them in production.

In an effort to shift focus from sedans and hatchbacks to SUVs, companies are forced to reinvent their lineups. In the world of today, this means that they have to pull some radical moves. Here are five cars that are on their way out.

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These rides should be no-brainer purchases if you’re on a budget

For a lot of us, buying a car comes with a lot of anxiety, especially when it comes to models that are going to cost a lot of money. But there are some models in the market that provide us with what we want out of a vehicle at costs that aren’t going to burn holes in our pockets. These models can either be attractive, have posh interiors, provide ample amounts of power, or are just fun to drive. In some cases, some cars check off more than just one criteria, though all of them have one common factor among them. They all cost at or less than $35,000.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

The closest thing you can get to a Cadillac sports car

Cadillac might be all about luxury (and SUVs, these days) but there’s one thing it’s always done right, and that’s high-powered sports cars. I’m talking about, of course, the V-series lineup. In this case, I’m talking specifically about the ATS-V Coupe and its 3.6-liter V-6 that’s good for 464 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. Even better yet, it’s a true sports coupe with power sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission and a 3.73 rear axle. Cadillac didn’t just give it a few good selling points either. It can be optioned with a 2.85 rear axle, a performance data and video recorder, and Recaro performance seats if you’re so inclined. To make things even better, it comes standard with Brembo performance brakes in the front and rear, a Bose audio system, and an electronically limited slip differential. It’s a true beast and competes easily with the BMW M4 and Audi RS5.

With such an amazing portfolio of credentials, we’ve decided to make the ATS-V our wallpaper of the day. We’ve hand-picked our favorite from the list but have also thrown in a few more for you to choose from. Go ahead and brighten up your desktop a bit!

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Cadillac to Stop Producing the ATS Sedan After 2018

Cadillac to Stop Producing the ATS Sedan After 2018

The ATS Coupe continues into 2019

Introduced for the 2013 model year, the first-generation Cadillac ATS won’t get a replacement. The luxury automaker just confirmed that the four-door sedan will be discontinued after the 2018 model year. The ATS was developed as a competitor for the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but it wasn’t exactly successful against its German rivals in the U.S. Following sales of more than 20,000 units per year between 2013 and 2016, ATS deliveries dropped to only 13,000 examples in 2017. Cadillac will continue to offer the ATS Coupe model into the 2019 model year; a company spokesman told Motor Authority.

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Cadillac Could Drop the ATS Sedan in 2019 Because Coupes Rule

Cadillac Could Drop the ATS Sedan in 2019 Because Coupes Rule

Blame poor sales for this debacle

The Cadillac ATS is a good example of a car that needs a high sales volume in order to remain relevant in a competitive market. The coupe version of the entry-level model has been able to pull its own weight in that regard. Unfortunately, the sedan version hasn’t had as much success. It’s no wonder then that Cadillac appears to be ready to cut ties with this version of the ATS as documents received by The Truth About Cars show that Caddy’s 2019 product lineup will hit the market without the ATS sedan.

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2018 Cadillac CTS-V And ATS-V Championship Editions

2018 Cadillac CTS-V And ATS-V Championship Editions

Two commemorative models are available after Caddy’s title-clinching run at the 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

Cadillac is taking a page out of BMW’s playbook by rolling out a pair of special edition versions of the CTS-V and ATS-V in the wake of winning the 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s premier Prototype class. The two models, called the Championship Editions, are limited to just 200 total units and will be available this month in Cadillac dealerships.

The American automaker’s success in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship included winning the 2017 Manufacturers’ title. It’s a remarkable achievement considering that it happened in the company’s return to endurance racing after a 14-year absence. In addition to the Manufacturers’ title, Caddy also played a role in helping Konica Minolta, one of the three teams that raced the DPi-V.R prototype race car, win the Teams’ title. Drivers Ricky and Jordan Taylor also took home trophies after winning the series’ Driver’s title.

The troika of championship wins spurred Cadillac to roll out the CTS-V Championship Edition and the ATS-V Championship Edition Coupe. The two special edition models feature commemorative nods to Cadillac’s successful return to endurance racing, including special graphics, packages, and driving instruction sessions at the V-Performance Academy in Nevada.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Cadillac CTS-V and ATS-V Championship Editions

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The 10 Most-American cars Built in 2017

The 10 Most-American cars Built in 2017

How American can a vehicle be?

Each year, the American University’s Kogod School of Business conducts a survey of the automotive industry. The D.C.-based school maps out the most American-made vehicles, regardless of their brand. Seven key criteria are used in determining the rankings, but it comes down to the percentage of American and Canadian parts used and location of the vehicles’ assembly, research and development, and corporate headquarters.

Though Kogod’s inclusive survey ranks every vehicle sold in the U.S., we’re focusing on the top 10. Much of the list hasn’t changed over 2016, but there are a few additions and missing models. An update in scoring for 2017 allows half-points for automakers (FCA, in particular) that have headquarters in multiple countries. As such, the Jeep Wrangler joins the list, despite the vehicle itself not changing. For a full explanation of the points system, check out Kogod’s website. To skip to the Top 10 most American vehicles, keep reading here on TopSpeed.com

Continue reading for the Top 10 Most American Built Vehicles.

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What’s The Best Upscale Performance Sedan You Can Get For Less Than $50K?

Mixing business and pleasure at a reasonable price

The sport sedan – talk about a hotly contested segment. Almost every major automaker out there has one, but as you might expect, not all are created equal. And that’s where we come in, armed with a boatload of facts and figures to help rank the various entries from best to worst. Of course, more attentive TopSpeed readers out there are sure to point out that this is a topic we’ve covered before, most recently in a comparison piece looking at the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Chrysler 300, Infiniti Q50, Jaguar XE, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. But unlike that last article, which focused on luxury cars with a sporty flavor, this piece will instead focus on cars that place a greater emphasis on performance, with luxury as a secondary priority. As such, we’re picking apart the Acura TLX, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Cadillac ATS, Subaru WRX STI, and Volvo S60. Sure, there’s overlap, but in this crowd, the effort is made more for grins behind the wheel than backside coddling.

That isn’t to say these cars aren’t comfortable – indeed, each offers a fair amount of upscale treatment, some more so than others. That said, we weighed performance much more heavily this time around, giving otherwise more spartan models a shot at the top of the list. So how do we place these five four-doors? Read on to find out.

Continue reading for the full comparison.

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2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Twin Turbo Black Line by Geiger Cars

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Twin Turbo Black Line by Geiger Cars

German tuner gives American sports car a nice bump in power

The Cadillac ATS-V Coupe was launched in 2014 as Cadillac’s response to the growing number of high-performance coupes that are making a name for themselves in the market. Models like the BMW M4 and the Audi RS5 are considered some of the segment’s best and the aftermarket world has taken notice of that. But don’t sleep on the ATS-V Coupe just yet because it has also received some tuning attention, none more recently than Geiger Cars, which prepared a program that gives the the high-powered ATS model a new output of 508 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque.

The program is largely meant for European owners of the Cadillac ATS-V Coupe, a lot of whom will probably admit to needing one considering how many tuners offer programs for the M4 and the RS5.

In addition to the engine upgrades, it also includes a flashy new set of 19-inch wheels and upgrades to the car’s suspension unit. The last part is particularly important given the extra horses that were squeezed out of the coupe’s 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine. There is a lack of exterior and interior upgrades, but given the car’s already impressive aerodynamic qualities, it doesn’t seem too much of a stretch to consider that the ATS-V Coupe doesn’t need them as much as some people think.

That said, it wouldn’t hurt if Geiger paid attention in that department too. But alas, the program is limited in that respect, although owners of the car who prefer upgrades to the engine won’t be disappointed with what they stand to get from the German tuner’s newest tuning kit.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.

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2017 Cadillac ATS Coupe Carbon Black Sport Package

2017 Cadillac ATS Coupe Carbon Black Sport Package

Cadillac offers up a new package that brings enhancements to the interior and exterior of the ATS

The Cadillac ATS has been around since 2013 and, despite getting a new platform and minor refresh for 2015, is still in its first generation. A new-gen model is due around 2018 or 2019, but until then, Cadillac is set on doing whatever it can to keep the car fresh in the eyes of the public. For the 2017 model year, that means Cadillac gave the ATS a few refinements here and there – nothing to write home about – and is offering even more trim levels. To go with the new trim levels is the Carbon Black Sport package which – in typical market fashion these days – adds a few exterior and interior updates, some fresh wheels, and some new color options.

At this point, we don’t know how much this new package will cost. Considering it comes with a new set of wheels and various carbon fiber elements, you’ll probably be asked to pay a pretty nice premium to get it. Be that as it may, production for the 2017 model is expected to kick off later this summer and dealers are now able to take orders. So, let’s take a look at this new Carbon Black Sport Package and what it brings to the table.

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2016 Cadillac ATS Black Chrome Package

2016 Cadillac ATS Black Chrome Package

Cadillac announces the Black Chrome package for two trim levels of the ATS sedan and coupe

At one point, the Cadillac CTS was the smallest offering from Cadillac. In size, it was slated to compete against models like the Mercedes C-Class and the BMW 5 Series, but it carried a price that slotted it against models like the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4. In Cadillac’s mind, customers would appreciate a larger luxury sedan for the price of small offerings on the market – in fact, the brand probably expected to sway a few consumers away from the competition. As it turned out, Caddy customers actually wanted a smaller sedan, so the brand developed the ATS and released it for the 2013 model year.

The ATS rides on GM’s newly developed Alpha platform and went through a refresh for the 2015 model year that brought updated styling to the exterior and new technology to the interior. With the 2016 model year underway, Cadillac has decided to release a new styling packaged called the Black Chrome Package. The package is available for the CTS Sedan, but for the ATS, it is available on both the sedan and the coupe. The package brings new styling to some of the exterior trim, and some new body color choices, but offers nothing for the interior.

This new package is available on 2.0T and 3.6L Luxury Collection CTS models, as well as 2.0T and 3.6L Performance Collection models, in all-wheel and rear-wheel drive variants. The package is available at dealerships and Cadillac’s online portal and is priced at $795 for the sedan and $595 for the coupe. If you’re interested in one of the three additional finishes, however, you’ll be asked to pay an additional premium. With that said, let’s take a closer look at this package.

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2016 Cadillac ATS-V Crystal White Frost Edition

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Crystal White Frost Edition

In attempt to give German sedans such as the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and the Audi A4 a run for their money, Cadillac launched its smallest vehicle yet — the ATS— for the 2013 model year. The sedan was quickly followed by the ATS Coupe, which was aimed at the BMW 4 Series and the Audi A5. For 2016, Caddy gave both the sedan and coupe the V treatment expanding the ATS lineup to include competition for the BMW M, Mercedes-AMG and Audi RS cars.

Now that the performance compact is finally in dealerships, the brand is rolling out a special-edition model that celebrates "the ongoing launch of the first-ever Cadillac ATS-V." Dubbed Crystal White Frost Edition, and available for both the sedan and coupe, the bundle consists of several options and two packages offered as standard equipment. As the name suggests, both models can only be had in the Crystal White Frost exterior paint.

The recently redesigned Cadillac CTS-V also benefits from a similar package.

Pricing for the Crystal White Frost Edition starts at $71,460 for the sedan and $73,660 for the coupe, which accounts for a $10,995 premium for both models. Is this bundle worth the extra $11K? Keep reading to find out.

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2016 Cadillac ATS-V vs 2016 Mercedes-AMG C63 S: Video

2016 Cadillac ATS-V vs 2016 Mercedes-AMG C63 S: Video

The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V and 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S both aspire to the throne of the 2016 BMW M3, which has been the go-to sports sedan (despite the sedan skipping the E46 generation) for several years. But now it has more competition than ever. Both the ATS-V and C63 have proven themselves to be fast and incredibly capable performance cars.

AMG has always had the engine thing figured out, but now it has the handling too. Similarly, Cadillac has also figured out how to make a truly great sport sedan that doesn’t need to make excuses for itself. So, the Motor Trend Channel has pitted the two against each other to see which can best take the fight to the M3.

After a few benchmark acceleration and handling tests, Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman takes to duo to the canyon roads above Los Angeles. Impressively, he calls the Caddy one of the best-handling sports sedans he’s ever driven and perhaps the best ever, which is not an attribute typically accorded to Cadillacs. The 455-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 produces plenty of shove, but takes a hit for its lack of characterful noise. It could also apparently do with a dual-clutch transmission instead of the slush-box auto.

The C63 S’s 503-horsepower twin-turbo V-8, meanwhile, has loads of character and the power to match, and despite also having an automatic transmission, several generations of honing the Mercedes seven-speed have made it better than the Cadillac’s. The C63 S is an outstanding handler too. Even having called the ATS-V one of the best handling sport sedans ever just moments earlier, Lieberman suggests the C63 might be even better.

After that, it’s off to Willow Springs Raceway (where there are precisely zero springs and zero willows) to let professional racer Randy Pobst vaporize some tires and determine which is fastest. Watch the video to see which comes out on top.

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Cadillac Recalls 2015 ATS, CTS For Brake Issues

Cadillac Recalls 2015 ATS, CTS For Brake Issues

It definitely seems like the new-car smell these days comes with a side order of government recall notice. Takata airbag debacle aside, General Motors’ customers have been the hardest hit over the past year or so, and the hits just keep on coming.
This time, owners of brand-new 2015 Cadillac ATS and 2015 Cadillac CTS models will soon be getting that dreaded red-and-white “Safety Recall Notice” due to a potentially serious part failure that could prevent the driver from applying the brakes.

At fault is a brake pedal assembly that could break under normal use, leaving the driver without any braking ability. A total of 2,163 ATS and CTS models are affected by the recall, which consists of dealerships inspecting the brake pedal assembly bracket with a borescope. Of the recall population, an estimated two percent (about 43 cars) were fitted with a defective bracket, and will need to have the entire assembly replaced, which appears to be a major undertaking as the recall states 8.1 hours of labor time.

With more than 10,000 ATS and CTS models sold during the first quarter of this year, the odds are in favor of most owners not needing this fix, but it still sounds a little too much like a dangerous game of Russian roulette. The relatively small batch of cars was built between January 27 and March 24, and while the official recall notices aren’t being sent until August 1, owners can contact Cadillac customer service department at 1-800-458-8006 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

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Cadillac Denies The LS7-Powered ATS-V+

Cadillac Denies The LS7-Powered ATS-V+

It’s amazing how in a few hours a rumor can go from all but confirmed to completely denied. Well, this is exactly what happened with the LS7 V-8-powered ATS-V+, as it began as a report from an insider, but just hours later, Cadillac completely denied the model will ever exist.

The latest report is courtesy of Motor Authority, who spoke with Cadillac communication manager, David Caldwell, regarding this hotter version of the ATS-V. In the conversation, Caldwell made it very clear that there are no plans to put a larger, more powerful engine under the hood of the ATS-V.

He said, “The ATS-V we have today is supremely capable—so much so that it’s unlikely to receive a larger or different engine in the foreseeable future.” When asked specifically about the V-8 engine, he said, “Yes, we have another car coming that will take care of this beautifully, that being the CTS-V.”

Cadillac’s reasoning for this, according to Caldwell, is that the brand doesn’t want the ATS-V to just be a smaller version of the CTS-V. It wants them to have distinct differences, and the turbo V-6 in the ATS-V and supercharged V-8 in the CTS-V are large parts of these differences. Additionally, he said that the twin-turbo V-6 makes the smaller sibling more approachable than the CTS-V, opening the door for less-performance-driven owners.

So, while the ATS-V+ was a fun rumor while it lasted, we now have a pretty clear-cut answer on whether this model is real or just vaporware. From the sounds of it, it is a lot more of the latter.

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Cadillac Will Reportedly Stuff the LS7 V-8 into the ATS-V+

Cadillac Will Reportedly Stuff the LS7 V-8 into the ATS-V+

According to a new report, Cadillac is looking into possibly transplanting the Camaros Z/28’s 7.0-liter V-8 engine into the ATS-V and create an even more radical version of the fast caddy dubbed the ATS-V+.

Motor Trend doesn’t give up its source in this report, as it instead just says that it’s “dug up some more dirt” on the ATS-V+. I already expected the rumored hotter version of the ATS-V to have an updated suspension system, and other bits to make it even more track-ready, but rumors of a power boost also were swirling.

These rumors are coming to a head now, as the last time GM used this engine – in the 2015 Camaro Z/28 – it laid down 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque. Even if GM left this engine as is, that would be a nice power bump relative to the 464 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of twist the twin-turbo V-6 in the ATSV puts out.

The report also claims that the LS7 V-8 is lighter than the 3.6-liter V-6. I couldn’t find any information to personally confirm this, but if it is true, then this would make it even easier for Cadillac to turn the ATS-V into a track monster that snacks on M3s and M4s on a regular basis.

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MotorTrend Reviews 2016 Cadillac ATS-V: Video

MotorTrend Reviews 2016 Cadillac ATS-V: Video

How do you replace the yardstick? It’s no easy feat, but Cadillac thinks it has the answer. You see, when it comes to sporting luxury sedans and coupes, ze Germans have it pretty much wrapped up with the BMW M3/M4 and Mercedes C63. But these mainstays are now under assault from the dual-purpose 2016 ATS-V, a car that GM claims can be both an easy highway commuter and weekend track hero. But what’s it like to actually drive in these two settings? Motor Trend’s Carlos Lago set out to find the answer in this episode of Ignition.

First up is an appraisal of the car’s luxury offerings while pushing along the curvy two-lane of some forgotten highway. Lago was thrown off at first: “I looked around and all I saw was normal ATS stuff. This doesn’t feel too different than the standard car. It doesn’t seem like you’re getting much, at least on the initial first take. Sure the materials might be different, there’s a couple differences in trim for sure, but there’s not a lot different here.”

However, the cabin of the normal ATS ain’t too shabby, and besides, it’s what’s under the leather and premium infotainment that really matters. Lap times are what truly define this car’s worth, and after a few rounds at the Circuit of the Americas, Lago seems sold. But how does it stack up against the best from Bavaria? “It’s in that realm, certainly. I’m hesitant to say this is without a doubt better, but it certainly should be in the conversation.”

Watch for an upcoming episode of Head 2 Head when MT will seek a somewhat more definitive answer.

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2016 Cadillac ATS-V at the Circuit of the Americas: Video

2016 Cadillac ATS-V at the Circuit of the Americas: Video

With its high-output, twin-turbo V-6 and sport-tuned chassis, the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V is ready to hit the track. And just as the car is preparing to go on sale this Spring, Cadillac took the ATS-V to one of the most challenging road courses in the U.S. – the Circuit of the Americas (CotA) – to give us some video proof of just how amazing this BMW fighter really is. The whole video was caught by the ATS-V’s built-in Performance Data Recorder (PDR), but the best part is that the car’s lead development engineer, John Buttermore, provides commentary about the car and the track throughout the lap.

The 3.4-mile, 20-turn track has all of the elements to challenge a productions sports car like the ATS-V, including the long, sweeping turns, the sharp, hairpin turns and even a couple long straights for the car to really stretch its legs. In the video, Buttermore is able to hit a top speed of 143 mph thanks to the 464-horsepower, 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6, while the Brembo brakes and Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control made cornering the car look easy. Buttermore points out that the electronically controlled suspension damping even helps to smooth out the track’s curbs and rumble strips.

In addition to showing off the track capabilities of the ATS-V, the video is also a good demonstration of how the car’s PDR works. The system takes track video and then overlays various information about the car’s performance such as the engine rpm, vehicle speed, lap times, GPS tracking, lateral acceleration, brake and throttle inputs, steering angle and even which mode the Performance Track Management system is in.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V.

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Cadillac ATS Recalled For Sunroof Issues

Cadillac ATS Recalled For Sunroof Issues

I may have fallen in love with the Cadillac ATS when I reviewed it a few weeks ago, but my praises don’t prevent a car from having issues. Edmunds is now reporting that the Cadillac ATS will soon be subject to a national recall for the car’s sunroof. GM has confirmed the recall is happening, but there has yet to be an official notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The recall itself covers the switch to operate the sunroof, and not actually the panel itself. If you are an owner, and start sweating about a leaky sunroof, you have nothing to worry about. The problem with the switch stems from the amount of force necessary to operate the closing mechanism. If even partially depressed, the sunroof will close. While hardly a real problem, that switch does not meet the government mandated safety standard for activation pressure, and so it must be fixed.

Once the recall passes through all the regulatory necessities to become official, GM will begin notifying the owners who own a model with the suspected defect. If you own one of the nearly 67,000 affected vehicles, a quick a trip to a dealer will see a new trim plate installed for the switch that should correct the issue, but wait until you get your letter. If you are buying a new ATS, the car will be repaired before it is allowed to leave the dealer lot.

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2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe - Driven

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe - Driven

Over the last few years, Cadillac has been drastically trying to redefine its brand image from the old stodgy ferry of retirees in Boca to a legitimate competitor to the big German luxury players. The first real step was the CTS sedan. It was sized to compete with a BMW 5 Series, but at a bargain price. After years of success with the CTS, Cadillac decided it was time to attack the biggest badge in the business, the BMW 3 Series. The new compact sports sedan wore the name ATS, and it was good. It has been one year since the ATS sedan arrived, and Cadillac has now graced the world with a sleek two-door coupe to tackle the BMW 4 Series.

I love the Bimmer, but I wanted to see if America could really hang with the Germans. Fast-forward to last week, when a beautiful ATS Coupe rolled into my drive for a full week of testing. My model had the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that makes it very competitive with a 428i. BMW would show no mercy on the road, so neither did I. Several hundred miles, many gallons of gasoline and one mostly ruined pair of tires later, I had decided which I thought was best. Read on to learn my decision.

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Cadillac Is Now Taking Orders For The 2016 ATS-V

Cadillac Is Now Taking Orders For The 2016 ATS-V

Cadillac’s all-new ATS-V high-performance compact is now officially available at company dealers across the U.S., the luxury brand revealed in a statement. Cadillac dealers are accepting orders for both the ATS-V Sedan and ATS-V Coupe, with customers able to customize their cars using the manufacturer’s official website starting April 2015.

The sedan carries a starting price of $61,460, which makes it competitive with its main target, the BMW M3. The ATS-V Coupe, on the other hand, wears a $63,600 sticker, $600 less than the BMW M4 and $7,300 less than the Audi RS5. As a brief reminder, the ATS-V is motivated by a turbocharged, 3.6-liter V-6 mill that cranks out 455 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. For reference, the M3/M4’s 3.0-liter, inline-six churns 425 turbocharged ponies and 406 pound-feet, while the RS5’s 4.2-liter V-8 generates 450 horses and 317 pound-feet.

Unlike the standard ATS, the ATS-V features a Brembo high-performance brake system, Performance Traction Management and integrated chassis controls, tri-compound tires, and a carbon-fiber hood — among many other. Options include a track package for improved downforce and the Performance Data Recorder, which debuted on the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

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2015 Cadillac ATS New Year Special

2015 Cadillac ATS New Year Special

Developed to compete in a market dominated by the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Cadillac ATS was introduced for the 2013 model year as the company’s first compact sedan. Its debut was followed by a coupe version and mild updates for the 2015 model year. The four-door, which can be had with three different engines in the U.S., also received a high-performance V-Series model for 2016. But while we’re waiting for the ATS-V to arrive in showrooms, Japanese customers are getting a limited-edition variant that celebrates New Year’s Day and welcomes a new calendar year.

Dubbed New Year Special, this ATS is a different approach from what Japan drivers usually get, as the automaker’s local division focused on a solid discount rather than unique or special features inside and out. That’s not to say the sedan isn’t equipped with amenities otherwise not available on the Performance trim it is based upon, but its main feature is its 25-percent markdown and limited production run. Only 15 will be built, which means we’re likely looking at the first special-edition automobile to be sold out in 2015.

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2014 Los Angeles Auto Show - The Best, Worst and What We Missed

2014 Los Angeles Auto Show - The Best, Worst and What We Missed

The polished sheet metal is loaded on the trailers, the booths bear only scraps of promo materials, and the girls have all gone home to try to forget the awkward flirting they had to endure from endless stream automotive journalists. The 2014 LA Auto Show may be over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a moment to look back and remember some of the standout cars that made their appearance at one of the biggest automotive events in the world.

We have a few of the best, a few of the worst, and even a few surprises along the way. The best show great promise, representing vehicles we can’t wait to get our hands on. The worst left a sour taste in our mouth as we scratched our heads wondering why. Then there’s something unexpected, followed by a car we were hoping to see that never surfaced. Heed this warning: feelings could get hurt. But remember: it’s just our opinion.

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2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan

Welcome to Cadillac’s new direction; sport luxury wrapped in an attractive package and motivated by a powerful engine. The 2016 ATS-V sedan is the latest and greatest General Motors has to offer with the ATS platform. The four-door luxury compact sedan first bowed in the 2012 model year and took the segment by storm. A minor refresh for 2015 brings the car in line with its new-for-2015 Coupe version while Cadillac’s new wreathless and widened crest replaces the old brand emblem. With its sights set squarely on dethroning the Germans and their performance luxury sedans, Cadillac is upping the ante with twin turbochargers, sport suspension, and enough go-fast bits to build a racecar – all while keeping that swanky style the brand has become identifiable with.

At the heart of the ATS-V lies a twin-turbocharged version of the familiar 3.6-liter V-6. The engine finds itself with numerous upgrades, helping it produce an estimated 464 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual comes standard while the new eight-speed automatic borrowed from the Corvette Z06 is optional. All the power is routed through a limited-slip differential to the rear tires. Cadillac expects 0 to 60 mph to come in a blazing 3.9 seconds.

Cadillac’s outspoken new front man and president, Johan de Nysschen, says this V-Series is the “best example of Cadillac’s emerging product substance and the purest expression of the passion at the core of the brand.” Translation: the new 2016 ATS-V sedan ain’t your grandma’s Cadillac.

Update 4/10/2015: Cadillac has announced that it underestimated the output of the ATS-V. The new output is 464 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. That 9 horsepower more than it initially anticipated.

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2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

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, the ATS-V Coupe is the first model to have its engine injected with more oomph. The move pushes 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.

After months of testing and teasing, the ATS-V Coupe has been finally unveiled, showcasing its aerodynamic body kit, new technology and V-6 engine at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Although inspired by the larger CTS-V, the ATS-V is quite different. Numerous chassis updates make it a capable track car, while the 3.6-liter V-6 is downright impressive on paper.

Will Cadillac stand a chance against the big guns of the industry with the brand-new ATS-V Coupe? Guess we’ll find out next year when the high-performance Caddy arrives in showrooms. Meanwhile, let’s have a look at the full details surrounding this beefed-up coupe.

Updated 02/10/2015: Cadillac announced prices for the 2016 ATS-V Coupe which will be put on sale in April, 2015. Prices will start from $63,660.

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Video: Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Hits 60 MPH in Around 3.5 Seconds

Video: Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Hits 60 MPH in Around 3.5 Seconds

With the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show right around the corner, Cadillac has become extremely busy with teasing the upcoming ATS-V Coupe. The automaker is probably ignoring the fact that the two-door is already all over the Interwebz thanks to a significant leak, but I’m not blaming it for remaining true to its intended release schedule. A previous teaser revealed the twin-turbo, 3.6-liter V-6 is quite a screamer, but this new video Cadillac just released provides us with some vital information about the coupe’s performance.

The last footage was showing the ATS-V Coupe’s exhaust system making all sorts of nasty noises, but this new teaser features the same vehicle charging from naught to 138 mph and then coming back down to a complete halt. Along with the run, Cadillac was nice enough to show the car’s speed at the bottom of the video. This can only mean one thing; bring out the stopwatch for some 0-to-60 and 0-to-100-mph sprint fun.

If our measurements are accurate, the ATS-V Coupe needs around... wait for it... 3.3 to 3.5 seconds (depending on whose stopwatch you trust)! I’m not at all surprised this Caddy can hit the 60-mph benchmark in less than four seconds, but a low three-second sprint is downright amazing and equally confusing. Could the ATS-V be a half-second faster than a Corvette Stingray Z51 and 0.4 seconds quicker than the BMW M4? Also, the coupe takes only 8.6 seconds to accelerate to 100 mph, which means we might be looking at a 10-second, Challenger Hellcat-like quarter mile time. And let’s face it, we’re talking about some 450 horsepower vs 707 supercharged ponies.

Needless to say, this video proves that either GM is fudging its numbers, fudging its video, or this is one of the fastest machines in the GM stable. Either way, we should be able to solve this mystery soon enough when the ATS-V Coupe makes its official debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

We are a bit impatient though, so we already pinged GM to ask them about what our stop watch is telling us. Keep it here to find out the final numbers as soon as we get them.

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Video: Hear The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

Video: Hear The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

We’ve already seen preliminary photos of the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe, which is scheduled to debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, and word has it the high-performance two-door will use a twin-turbo V-6 to roam the streets and the tracks. Although Cadillac has yet to officially confirm that rumor, a brand-new teaser showing the Coupe racing in a straight line comes to validate a beefed-up six-banger replaces the supercharged V-8 offered in the CTS-V range up until now.

This 15-second video, which shows footage of the ATS-V Coupe charging at full throttle, is also the first to reveal the vehicle’s exhaust note. While the turbo spool is rather masked by other noises and the loud exhaust, the engine lacks the V-8 grunt we’re accustomed to, a clear signal there’s a V-6 pumping oomph to the ATS-V’s wheels. The good news is the exhaust note is quite rowdy for a six-banger, indicating Cadillac did everything in its power so that customers won’t miss the exhilarating growl of the 6.2-liter V-8. Making things even better is that the ATS-V Coupe seems to sound better than the M4, a sports coupe often criticized for its unconvincing exhaust note.

As a brief reminder, the 3.6-liter V-6 is said to generate at least 450 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque through either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. Keep it locked here at TopSpeed for the full details from the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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2015 Cadillac ATS-V.R

2015 Cadillac ATS-V.R

Cadillac’s venture into racing with the CTS began in 2004, when GT3-spec sedans were fielded in the SCCA World Challenge series. The CTS brought home the manufacturer’s championship in 2005 and 2007 before switching to a coupe body style. Equally successful, the second-gen CTS-V.R won back-to-back Pirelli World Challenge titles in 2012 and 2013. As manufacturers like Mercedes, McLaren, Lamborghini, Porsche and Bentley joined the PWC in 2014, the CTS-V.R became less competitive in the series. Although it eventually managed to clinch its third consecutive title, it became rather clear that the CTS would fail to do the same in 2015. As a result, Cadillac decided a new race car has to be built, this time around based on the smaller 2016 ATS-V Coupe.

Rumors of Cadillac’s plans to drop the CTS-V-R in favor of an ATS-V-based coupe for the Pirelli World Challenge surfaced back in August 2014, with a prototype spotted in a shipping yard a month later. As we’re heading towards the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, Cadillac has finally confirmed it will return to the PWC with the brand-new race car in the form of a menacing ATS-V. Dubbed ATS-V.R, the new racing coupe follows into the footsteps of its predecessor as far as aerodynamics go, but features updated technology and, more importantly, a brand new engine under the hood.

A lightweight, twin-turbo, 3.6-liter V-6 comes to replace the previous naturally aspirated, 6.2-liter V-8, as the racing scene loses yet another manufacturer using all-motor motivation. Despite this decrease, the ATS-V.R is equally powerful when compared to the CTS-V.R. The new unit cranks out up to 600 horsepower, a figure that’s sure to give Caddy’s rivals a lot to think about.

Updated 11/14/2014: Cadillac has revealed all of the details on the 2016 ATS-V.R race race. Check out all the information after the jump.

Updated 01/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new images from the car’s official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.

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Video: Cadillac Teases ATS-V Coupe Before November 18 Debut

Video: Cadillac Teases ATS-V Coupe Before November 18 Debut

The highly anticipated 2016 ATS-V Coupe is only one week away from becoming official and Cadillac is kicking off the teasing game with some burnout footage. The bad news is we don’t get to see the actual car — the company used a camouflaged model — but the short video is a good indication that the upcoming ATS-V is a muscle car wearing a luxury coupe suit.

Essentially a beefed-up ATS Coupe, the V-badged Caddy was developed with the BMW M4, the Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe, and the Audi RS5 in mind. The ATS-V Coupe also marks the debut of a new design strategy, one that sets the performance models apart from their regular siblings by more than just a couple of revised bumpers and new side skirts. The ATS-V, for instance, comes with a wider front grille with vertical slats, while the apron features a three-piece intake configuration.

The powerplant fitted under the hood is still a mystery, but we expect a twin-turbo, 3.6-liter V-6 to deliver power to the wheels. Caddy’s M4 fighter should benefit from at least 430 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque, with an eight-speed automatic transmission to provide quick shifts for a four-second 0-to-60 mph sprint. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for the full details on November 18th.

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2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe Configurator Goes Online

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe Configurator Goes Online

The highly anticipated 2015 ATS Coupe is finally ready to hit the streets, as Cadillac has fired up the online configurator for its BMW 4 Series fighter. So if you were anxious to build your own ATS Coupe or just have a look at the options Caddy is offering, now you can have at it before taking your check to the closest dealership.

As soon as you choose between the 2.0-liter four-banger and the 3.6-liter, V-6 engine, you’re off to select one of the three trims the ATS Coupe comes in. Be it Luxury, Performance or Premium, Cadillac’s smallest vehicle can be had with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The former is standard, while the latter is obviously the pricy option.

Speaking of options, there’s plenty of stuff you can choose from. If you fancy a power sunroof, Cadillac will be happy to provide you with one for $1,050. As for interior extras, there are check boxes for anything from a black, microfiber suede shifter handle and premium floor mats to a cargo net and cargo area organizer. If you have $3,035 to throw around, you can also fit the ATS Coupe with a Driver Assist Package that include Adaptive Cruise Control and numerous other safety and convenience features.

Did I hear someone ask about exterior colors and interior themes? Well, you’re just going to have to read on to find out more about that.

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Cadillac To Build ATS-Based GT3 Race Car

Cadillac To Build ATS-Based GT3 Race Car

The Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) has become increasingly difficult for Cadillac and its CTS-V.R race car, which now faces competition from lighter and more powerful GT3-spec machines. Mercedes AMG, McLaren, Lamborghini and Porsche have all joined the PWC series in 2014, preventing the CTS Coupe-based racer from winning more than three events in 2014. Cadillac is in dire need of brand-new vehicle and word has it the manufacturer is already testing a brand-new chassis for 2015.

According to Racer, the next-generation Pirelli World Challenge car was seen lapping the Gingerman road course in Michigan in late-August 2014. While there’s no actual footage or photos of the vehicle, the source claims the new chassis will drop the CTS-V Coupe body in favor of an ATS-V Coupe-based shell. A new body could also mean a new engine, as Cadillac is expected to drop a twin-turbo V-6 in the yet unconfirmed ATS-V.R. The current race car is motivated by a naturally aspirated, 6.2-liter V-8.

As with its predecessor, the ATS-V-based track car is also developed by longtime Cadillac Racing partner Pratt & Miller engineering.

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Cadillac to Debut the ATS-V Sedan at the LA Auto Show

Cadillac to Debut the ATS-V Sedan at the LA Auto Show

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.

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TopSpeed Podcast Episode 022 LIVE - "Technical Difficulties"

TopSpeed Podcast Episode 022 LIVE - "Technical Difficulties"

Hey everyone, welcome to Episode 022 of the TopSpeed.com Podcast.
This week is a little weird, so let me start with an apology. I am traveling this week, and I have some pretty terrible internet. The result is that the first 10 minutes or so of the show is pretty laggy and hard to listen to. Thankfully we came up with an idea to fix it, and the show gets better. So, thanks for sticking with us, and sorry about the technical issues.

Once the show finally gets moving, we cover Weekly Wheels in which Mark discusses the Cadillac CTS and I talk about the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid. Sadly, Justin had no new toys last week.

For news we covered a lot of topics from the new CTS-V and the Ford Mustang SVT on the Nurburgring, to special one-off versions of the BMW i8 and the new Polaris Slingshot. A Corvette powered Darth Vader helmet and the death of the VW Eos also make an appearance.

We make our way over to viewer questions and take a minute to discuss what cars we are most looking forward to next year, and we talk about how well our wives can drive. That part got a little strange…

We finish out the show with a trio of James Bond cars in Own, Drive, Burn.

We want to thank everyone who stuck with us through the live show, and I would like to apologize again for the issues at the start of the show. Normal service will resume next week.

Have a safe week, and a wonderful weekend everyone.

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2015 Cadillac ATS-L

2015 Cadillac ATS-L

The ATS was launched in 2013 as Cadillac’s smallest sedan yet. Aimed at the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the ATS was the first vehicle to ride on GM’s Alpha platform, which would later underpin the larger, third-generation Cadillac CTS. Three engines have been offered since its introduction, including a 202-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-banger as the entry-level plant; a turbocharged, 2.0-liter with 272 ponies in the mid-range model; and a range-topping, 321-horse, naturally aspirated, 3.6-liter V-6. As we move into the 2015 model year, the ATS range expands to welcome a coupe and a long-wheelbase version of the sedan.

Dubbed ATS-L, the model is exclusive to China, a market that’s overwhelmed by long-wheelbase sedans. Not to be left out in a segment that already includes longer versions of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Audi A4, Cadillac is joining in with a model set to satisfy China’s need for luxury and added legroom. How does it stack up against German competition? Read on to find out.

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Video: Cadillac ATS-V Caught Testing and Getting Some Air on the Nurburgring

Video: Cadillac ATS-V Caught Testing and Getting Some Air on the Nurburgring

It seems development for the upcoming Cadillac ATS V is moving along nicely. The 3 Series fighter was just recently seen viciously attacking the Nürburgring’s corners and hills. Though this ATS mule is still wearing its swirly white camouflage wrap, it seems the car is pretty well sorted.

While Cadillac has yet to announce anything official, it’s very likely the twin-turbocharged, 3.6-liter V-6 will be the V’s motivating force. That’s the same powerplant currently found in the larger CTS Vsport. In that application, the boosted V-6 makes a respectable 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque, however, it’s possible Cadillac will crank up the wick, reaching closer to 450 horses and 450 pound-feet. Remember, this will be the top-dog V trim, a direct rival with the BMW M3.

The CTS Vsport’s eight-speed automatic transmission is also likely to make the jump to the ATS-V. A manual-shift mode with paddle shifters will keep the driving excitement, while the quad exhaust reminds the driver of the two turbochargers spooling under the hood.

The video includes some pretty great action sequences, including some rally-like airtime over the Nürburgring’s Flugplatz, or ‘flight place’ section, at the 47-second mark. An uninterrupted sound bite of the V-6 occurs just 10 seconds into the video, as the ATS-V casually accelerates up a driveway at low rpms. Other instances throughout the short video demonstrate the V-6’s screaming abilities.

The Cadillac ATS-V is due out for the 2016 model year and will likely make its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show happening in November 2014. Expect to pay around $55,000 for the M3 fighter.

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Spy Shots: Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Starts Losing Camo

Spy Shots: Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Starts Losing Camo

The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe just returned to our inbox wearing less camouflage than before. Initially spotted near the Nurburgring track with heavy cladding over its front and rear fascias, the upcoming BMW M4 competitor took German streets wearing nothing but the familiar swirly wrap seen on most prototypes. It might not sound like a good reason to celebrate since we’re still not able to see the vehicle in the metal, but the missing camo confirms some of the details we speculated upon on previous occasions.

The high-performance coupe is currently undergoing testing in Germany before a market launch that’s scheduled next year as a 2016 model. The two-door compact is one of the first two ATS models to carry the "V" badge and joins a segment dominated by the BMW M4, Audi RS5 and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe. We expect the ATS-V Coupe to shed even more camouflage by the end of the year. Meanwhile, hit the jump to have a look at our fresh spy shots and check out the first details surrounding the vehicle’s new design.

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Spy Shots: Cadillac ATS-V Sedan Caught Testing on the 'Ring

Spy Shots: Cadillac ATS-V Sedan Caught Testing on the ’Ring

Cadillac was quite the busy bee this year, especially with developing its brand-new lineup of high-performance, V-badged sedans and coupes. A new CTS-V was long overdue, while the compact ATS was anxiously waiting for some extra power to be injected in both its sedan and coupe versions. The wait is nearly over, ladies and gentlemen, as the ATS-V Sedan showed up on the Nurburgring track for suspension testing and chassis tuning.

The ATS-V Sedan joined both the ATS-V Coupe and the CTS-V Sedan on the "Green Hell", as Cadillac stormed the iconic track looking to calibrate its most important weapons against the German big boys from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi. The Nurburgring Nordschleife is the perfect environment to do just that, especially with the powerful and popular BMW M3 used as a benchmark. This isn’t the first time the ATS-V Sedan has shown its face in public, but this time we’re looking at a prototype that has ditched its heavy camouflage.

Unraveling some of the mysteries around the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan is now possible thanks to our trustworthy spy photographers.

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2015 Cadillac ATS Sedan

2015 Cadillac ATS Sedan

Introduced for the 2013 model year, the Cadillac ATS is one of the newest products to come out of Lansing, Michigan. Developed to compete in a market dominated by the BMW 3 Series, the ATS rides on GM’s Alpha platform and is Caddy’s smallest four-door sedan as of June 2014. Although it spent less than two years in showrooms, the sedan got a mild refresh for the 2015 model year, borrowing the front end, the interior and the suspension that debuted on its Coupe cousin.

Scheduled to break cover later in 2014, the revised 2015 Cadillac ATS sedan has revealed itself earlier than expected during a commercial shoot. The four-door compact has been spotted on the road posing for the camera in its brand-new suit, allowing us to have a closer look at some of the changes Cadillac is getting ready to introduce. Not surprising, the exterior updates revolve around the brand-new ATS Coupe and include the company’s re-branding campaign by means of a redesigned crest.

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2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

When the Cadillac CTS dropped onto the market, it was available in a variety of versions, including a sedan, a coupe and a station wagon. Now, the same recipe for success is being applied to the new ATS. Cadillac will first put out a sedan and a coupe version, but a station wagon version and a convertible are also said to be in the mix. Why? Well, Americans need cheaper alternatives to German coupes and Cadillac is ready to deliver just about anything we’re looking for in order to pick up sales.

They have the platform to build on and will more than likely make sure they get their money’s worth on it.

At the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Cadillac finally revealed the all-new 2015 ATS Coupe, and borrowed a host of features from the sedan version, except for the new body panels, the equally new Cadillac badge and the sedan’s two rear doors

The ATS Coupe is also built on the same rear-wheel-drive Alpha platform and is offered with nearly the same engine lineup as the sedan: a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder with 270 horsepower, and a 3.6-liter, V-6 with 321 horsepower. The engines are combined with either a six-speed manual transmission or an automatic transmission. There will also be an option for an all-wheel-drive system.

BMW and Audi better start prepping themselves for some competition.

Update 5/15/14: Cadillac has announced a starting price of $38,990, including the $995 delivery fee for the 2015 ATS Coupe.

Updated 07/25/2014: We added a new set of about 50 high res images to our ATS Coupe gallery. Check the new pictures in the ’Photos’ tab.

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Video: 2015 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Spotted on the Road

Video: 2015 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Spotted on the Road

We already know all the details in and around the 2015 ATS Coupe, Cadillac’s main weapon against the new-generation BMW 4 Series, but we have yet to find out too much about the high-performance ATS-V version, which is supposed to give the M4 fits. And that’s because Caddy has been keeping everything under wraps, including the actual design of the car, leaving room for wild speculation. What we do know for a fact is that the brawny coupe will arrive in dealerships for the 2015 model year.

What’s more, a recent video coming from TFL Car suggests the production version is nearly ready to hit the assembly line. The heavily camouflaged ATS-V Coupe was spotted stretching its legs on a mountain road and it is widely known that high-altitude testing typically means the vehicle is very close to its production setup.

Although the camouflage manages to hide nearly every single detail on the car, the twin exhaust pipes are enough proof that there’s an actual ATS-V Coupe under the fake skin. The vehicle also appears to be very fast when the driver drops the hammer, with the TFL team having a hard time keeping up with it at the end of the video.

Speaking of velocity, there’s no word as to what might be motivating the new ATS-V Coupe, but our money is on GM’s twin-turbo, 3.6-liter, V-6 engine, which should generate between 450 and 500 horsepower. The beefed-up two-door will borrow most of its cues from the 2015 ATS Coupe, but look out for a more aggressive pair of bumpers, wider fenders, a lowered ride height and performance tires.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed for more details on Cadillac’s upcoming street rocket.

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2015 Cadillac ATS Crimson Sport Edition

2015 Cadillac ATS Crimson Sport Edition

Cadillac’s aggressive promotion of its brand doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, and just for the spring of 2014, it’s got a special model for those interested in a unique 2015 ATS Coupe. The model is called the Crimson Sport Special Edition, and while it does come with a host of new upgrades, including Caddy’s Track Package, the indelible characteristic of this special edition ATS is its Crimson Red Metallic exterior paint.

Unique as the paint is, the color isn’t the only thing special about the exterior of the vehicle. A ground effects package was also installed, featuring a color-matched front splitter, rocker moldings and rear diffuser, and an aero deck-lid spoiler. Finally, a set of exclusive 18-inch Manoogian Dark Silver Premium Painted wheels were added to the mix, giving the ATS Crimson Sport a true special-edition look to it.

Moving inside, four different interior environments — Morello Red with Jet Black accents, Caramel with Jet Black accents, Jet Black with Jet Black accents or Light Platinum with Jet Black accents — are offered to go with new heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel and shift lever, both of which are made from microfiber suede.

The ATS Crimson Sport Special Edition is offered with either the 272-horsepower ATS 2.0T Performance Collection with the automatic transmission or the 321-horsepower 3.6L Premium Collection with rear- or all-wheel drive. The model are set to hit dealerships at the end of March with a retail price of $46,010 for the 2.0T and $51,010 for the 3.6L.

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Cadillac ATS-V to Pack 425 Horsepower

Cadillac’s been making waves this week for all the right reasons. Days after it debuted the all-new ATS Coupe, the U.S. manufacturer confirmed that the car’s performance-oriented trim, the aptly named ATS-V, will have performance numbers that would put it right smack in the middle of the BMW M3’s crosshairs.

According to Motor Trend, the ATS-V will carry a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6 engine that will produce 425 horsepower — the exact same output as its German competitor. More importantly, or at least until we hear more about it, Caddy also has plans to build an even more powerful ATS-V, which will reportedly be called the ATS-V+. That one is expected to use a bigger V-8 engine that could potentially have as much as 500 horsepower on tap.

These announcements carry a lot of significance for Cadillac in its attempt to be a player in the sports coupe segment. With plenty of European brands staking their respective claims in the U.S. market, America had to be represented. Cadillac is trying to answer that call and judging by the way the ATS was received at the North American International Auto Show, there will be a lot of interested folks out there waiting to for the company to develop the ATS-V.

Note: Photo is of the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

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Cadillac Becomes Fastest-Growing Luxury Brand in 2013

Cadillac Becomes Fastest-Growing Luxury Brand in 2013

Cadillac was founded in 1902 by Henry Leland and only seven years later, General Motors acquired it. Currently, Caddy is one of the oldest automakers in the world, and it delivers cars to the U.S. and 34 additional markets worldwide.

Cadillac has always been a very successful company, plus it was the first American car to win the Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club of England. In 2013, however, its success grew even further, as Cadillac enjoyed a 21-percent increase in sales, with almost 185,000 units delivered worldwide. The overall sales number marked the most since 2007 and the overall brand growth made it the fastest-growing luxury brand in 2013, which is obviously a byproduct of the brand’s largest expansion since 1976.

As you probably expect, the greatest success in the lineup went to the new sedans — the ATS and CTS — which saw sales improvement of 48 percent over 2012 sedan sales numbers.

The 2014 ELR had a late hand in boosting the overall sales numbers, as deliveries began in December.

Click past the jump to read more about Cadillac’s sales leader for 2013, the ATS.

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2014 Cadillac ATS

2014 Cadillac ATS

This luxury sport sedan has lofty goals on its sculpted shoulders: take down the BMW 3 series and establish Cadillac as the go-to choice among entry-level luxury sedan shoppers. These demanding buyers want exterior presence, interior quality and better-than-German performance characteristics for their $40,000.

What hasn’t been said about the Cadillac ATS that launched for 2013 on an all-new chassis, including turbocharged four-cylinder, V-6 and AWD options?

The ATS is rear-drive by default and includes some headline tech to win a segment where Cadillac has never been successful before. Perks like Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system, Brembo brakes, a limited-slip diff and third-gen Magnetic Ride Control are all without equal from the latest BMW, Audi and Mercedes rivals.

The plan is ambitious and the objective repeats the challenge issued by dozens of companies over the years, including: the Infiniti Q50, Lexus IS250 and Acura TL.

The ATS packs all the mechanical variations of the BMW 3 series and was explicitly benchmarked against the Bimmer for all levels of refinement, space and performance. In its first full year in a new segment for Cadillac, the ATS is a huge hit with 2013 year-to-date sales of over 20,000 units. This is a huge achievement, despite being only about 40 percent of BMW’s total 3 series volume for the same period.

The ATS Turbo is the top seller and comes with rear-drive or AWD and a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes. It is priced between the base 2.5-liter RWD auto and the optional 3.6-liter V-6 auto, which comes in rear or AWD configurations.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Cadillac ATS sedan with highlights on a handful of new features and options.

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Video: The Cadillac ATS Underwent Serious Testing; Others Didn’t Fair Too Well

As we all know, all cars and trucks undergo some serious testing before they hit showrooms, but few take the sort of abuse that the all-new Cadillac ATS has taken. Cadillac starts the ATS’ testing by putting its engine on a high-speed motor to make sure its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine can handle high rpm for long periods of time. It then moved to the heat chamber to make sure the car can take the most extreme temperatures planet Earth has to offer. Later comes the “shaker,” which jostles the chassis around to verify everything responds as it should. Finally, the ATS ends up on the suspension test track that forces it to take on some of the most violent bumps and dips you’ll ever encounter on the road.

Well, since the 2013 ATS obviously passed these tests with flying colors, Cadillac decided to see if other luxury items could do the same. However, Caddy is confident the likes of the 3 Series and C-Class can’t hang with it, its testers put non-automotive luxury items to the test to see if they can hang.

In the above video, you’ll get to see a fancy grandfather clock take on the high-speed motor, only to “crack” under the pressure; a cake try to tackle the heat chamber, but have a complete “meltdown”; a fancy dining room hit the shaker only to have everything come crashing to the ground; and a grand piano take on the suspension test track only to see its dreams of beating the ATS fall to pieces.

We promise, this is one video that you won’t want to miss.

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Video: Testing Grounds; The Cadillac ATS Doesn’t Need No Stinkin’ Testing Grounds

In the modern era, cars are all tested in controlled conditions with all of the variables that can affect performance well within the control of the engineer. Now, that’s no fun, is it?

Cadillac has bucked this trend with its new ATS, which offers up awesome performance, stunning handling and superior fuel economy. Yeah, this certainly isn’t your granddad’s Eldorado. Above, you can see a video that shows you just how Cadillac put the ATS through some serious testing.

The ATS hit the Dadès Gorge in the Atlas mountains and tackled its 100 switchback turns to test out the ATS’s Brembo brakes; took on the Circuit de Monaco at Monte Carlo to squeeze the maximum 272 horsepower from its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine; faced the intense “living winds” of Patagonia with its sleek aerodynamics; and even hit the Guoliang Tunnel in China at high speeds to prove its Magnetic Ride Control suspension is capable of handling its ever-changing road surface with grace. The ATS passed each and every onel with flying colors.

This is only part of the reason that it was voted the 2013 North America Car of the Year. It also receives high marks because of its sleek and functional design and top-level luxury.

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Next Cadillac CTS-V May Get a Boosted LT1 Engine; ATS-V to Get Boost too

Next Cadillac CTS-V May Get a Boosted LT1 Engine; ATS-V to Get Boost too

Now that we know the next-generation CTS will make its world debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show next month, we can also expect a new-generation CTS-V. First details on the model suggest it will be powered by a new forced-induction version of the new LT1 V-8 engine we have seen in the Corvette Stingray. Rumors suggest that Caddy is developing both a twin-turbo and a supercharged variant of this engine and one of them will be used in the CTS-V.

The ATS-V on the other hand will get a twin-turbo V-6 engine, while a V-8 version could still be offered in some kind of "ATS-V Plus" version.

Now, it’s time for a bad news: it looks like the idea of a new flagship sedan built on the Omega-platform has been dropped. It is also very possible that we will not to see a coupe and station wagon variant for the next generation CTS.

Also, it is very possible to see a new Cadillac naming strategy in the near future, because it looks like clients aren’t very happy with the current names offered by the company.

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