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.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V.

Why it matters

It took Cadillac three years to launch a high-performance version of the ATS compact, but judging by its performance specs and race-bred features, it was worth waiting for. The ATS-V is not only the most powerful vehicle in its segment, but also tied for the quickest, with the BMW M3/M4. Of course, this statement will need a revision once the new Mercedes-AMG C63 reaches U.S. dealerships. What’s more, Cadillac claims both the coupe and the sedan are capable of holding their own on a race track, and the new chassis components back that statement. Only time will tell if the ATS-V will become as successful as its German competitors, but, for now, enthusiasts can start placing their orders for the industry’s latest performance, luxury compact.

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan Exterior
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2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe High Resolution Exterior
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Here it is folks, the official ATS-V. Sure, the leaked information was great, but the full details are completely insane!

Press Release

Cadillac dealers have begun accepting orders for the 2016 ATS-V – the brand’s inaugural luxury compact performance car starting production this spring.

Available in sedan and coupe forms, the twin-turbocharged ATS-V offers a dual-purpose luxury performance experience: a car with true track capability straight from the factory with sophisticated road manners.

Powered by the segment’s highest-output six-cylinder engine – the Cadillac Twin Turbo rated at 455 horsepower (339 kW) and 445 lb-ft of torque (603 Nm) – the ATS-V achieves 0-60 performance in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 189 mph. The Cadillac Twin Turbo engine is backed by a six-speed manual – with Active Rev Match, no-lift shifting and launch control – or a paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission featuring launch control and Performance Algorithm Shift.

“The V-Series is the ultimate expression of Cadillac’s re-ignited product substance and the passion at the core of our brand,” said Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac president.

“The ATS-V expands the V-Series lineup, bringing a new kind of performance character to Cadillac. Lightweight, agile and potent, the ATS-V will make an ideal pairing with the larger and even more powerful all-new 2016 CTS-V midsize sedan, which arrives later this summer,” he said.

In the U.S., the 2016 ATS-V sedan carries a starting price of $61,460 and the ATS-V coupe is priced from $63,660. Consumers can order ATS-Vs now through dealers and begin specifying their own ATS-V online at www.cadillac.com in April.

Additional performance technologies built into the ATS-V include:

Brembo high-performance brake system developed for track-day performance capability straight from the factory
Third-generation Magnetic Ride Control, which delivers 40 percent faster damping response
Integrated chassis controls that provide balanced performance for touring and the track, including class-exclusive Performance Traction Management
Tri-compound tires offering excellent grip with extended tire wear
Available downforce-generating track aerodynamics package
Standard carbon fiber hood

An available Performance Data Recorder allows drivers to record high-definition video, with data overlays, of their driving experiences on and off the track, enabling sharing on social media.

More than just a desirable road car, the ATS-V will also become Cadillac’s entrant into the world of motorsports. Even before the new car hits the showroom, Cadillac Racing’s new ATS-V.R racecar will begin the Pirelli World Challenge GT 2015 season March 7-8 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Cadillac Racing is the three-time defending manufacturer’s and driver’s champion in the series, which features legendary marques such as Audi, Ferrari and Porsche.

The ATS-V will be assembled at the Lansing Grand River assembly plant in Michigan.

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