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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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2013 Cadillac ATS by D3

2013 Cadillac ATS by D3

When it comes to tuning Cadillacs, few rank higher than D3. It is, after all, the maker of the Le Monstre CTS-V, a car that we first saw at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show.

During this year’s SEMA show, D3 was back in full force again, presenting a new program for the Cadillac ATS, which includes a new body kit. This kit consists of a revised front bumper, side skirts with optional air foils, a new roof spoiler and a rear deck lid spoiler. All these parts were built by D3 itself and comes with OEM mounting points.

On top of all the aesthetic upgrades, D3 also treated the ATS with some mechanical upgrades, including installing an adjustable coil-over suspension system that can be lowered and the spring rate adjusted to the driver’s preference or track. The ATS’ suspension system also received an aftermarket lowering module that consists of two settings — "Street" or "Competition” — to help give it an extra edge in the twist. Finally, the standard air intake was also replaced by a genuine bolt-on D3 air-intake system.

These upgrades may look subtle now, but rest assured, D3 has something in store for all of us. It has built a reputation as one of the best Cadillac tuner in the world.

Pretty high expectations, sure, but D3 has earned it.

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2013 Cadillac ATS

2013 Cadillac ATS

After being rumored for quite some time, the new Cadillac ATS compact sedan has officially been unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The car was built to challenge some of the world’s best premium cars like the BMW 3-Series and the Mercedes C-Class. It will go on sale in Summer 2012.

The new 2013 Cadillac ATS will be distinguished by its active shutter grille, LED-infused headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome trim, vertical taillights, and integrated trunk spoiler. It is also the first Cadillac model to carry the CUE infotainment system - an eight-inch LCD multi-touch sensitive screen that is integrated into the top of the center instrument panel.

Customers will have the possibility to choose between three engines: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 200 HP, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 270 HP, and a 3.6-liter V6 with 318 HP. All three engines can be combined with either a six-speed manual transmission or an automatic transmission, as well as an optional all-wheel drive system.

"Designed with quick, nimble and fun-to-drive dynamics, ATS expands Cadillac’s portfolio into a crucial global segment," said Don Butler, vice president of marketing for Cadillac. "For a new group of luxury consumers, this is a car that will fit their lifestyle and challenge the segment’s status quo."

UPDATE 06/17/12: Cadillac has released the official online configurator for the ATS sedan. Hop on over to the Caddy website and put on your creative hats and play away!

UPDATE 07/18/12: The new Cadillac ATS will be the star of a new series of videos featuring the sedan traveling the world to challenge some of the most punishing roads on Earth. Watch as the ATS’ advanced features are challenged and set the standard in every corner of the earth.

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