Cadillac ATS-V Could Get Hotter Variant


Cadillac might be planning an even more extreme version of the new ATS-V.

Speaking at the recent media launch of the Cadillac ATS-V in Texas, chief engineer David Leone was asked whether the American automaker is considering an ATS-V variant to take on the Mercedes-Benz Black Series models. His reply? “We might have something down the road that is a little bit more aggressive.” According to Car and Driver, one source said that the more extreme version could come to market by 2017.

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The new Cadillac ATS-V churns out 464 hp while the larger CTS-V provides 640 hp, so Cadillac definitely has room to work with if it wants to further expand the ATS-V offerings.

What will make the new ATS-V even hotter? Don’t expect all-wheel drive or a dual-clutch transmission, as Leone pointed to weight as the reason that neither of those options are available for the new ATS-V. If anything, expect it to get lighter and more powerful.

[Source: Car and Driver]

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  • craigcole

    There’s so much to love about the ATS … except the gauges. But that sin can be forgiven after one trip around the block.

  • Mark S

    What would Caddie call a car that is higher in the range that the V? ATS-V+? ATS-W?

  • Mark S

    The gauges are not the best, but if only one thing, could be improved, I would be happier to hear good comments on an improved CUE (or more button) and just live with the gauges.