A week ahead of its formal debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, we’re finally getting a look at some official images of the all-new Cadillac ATS-V coupe.
And in line with an earlier report from TheDetroitBureau.com, it appears that the new pocket rocket will be churning out a blistering 450 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque from an upgraded version of the 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6 currently offered in the Cadillac CTS V-Sport model.
That will put it slightly ahead of the new BMW M3/M4 models in the horsepower wars, but just slightly under the new Mercedes-AMG C63.
Cadillac is hoping that the new ATS-V will put a much-needed halo around the brand. General Motors’ flagship division has won plenty of praise for its compact line but sales, so far, have lagged expectations.
According to a report in Road & Track, the new ATS-V coupe – and a sedan version to follow – will upgrade the twin-turbo V-6 with such useful features as titanium connecting rods, two water-to-air intercoolers, a separate radiator to cool the gearbox, an electronically locking rear differential, and titanium turbine blades to handle the higher boost and RPMs the turbochargers will face.
The ATS-V will direct torque to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic.
The suspension will be significantly tauter, and the ATS-V will ride on customized Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.
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Visually, the new ATS-V will get a more aggressive black mesh grille, heat extractors on the hood, and other features meant to keep it firmly planted. R&T says there’ll be a number of optional features – in line with the German approach to performance – including a modified front splitter, rear spoiler and side skirts.
Caddy hasn’t revealed specific details about the interior but the image here suggests the ATS-V adopts some distinctive sport seats and more upscale materials, possibly including Alcantara, as well as plenty of leather. Expect some unique digital display details to let a driver know just how well the V-Series sedan is performing.
At around 3,600 pounds, the new ATS-V will have a modest power-to-weight advantage over the 3,540-pound M3, at 425-hp. But Mercedes will give it a challenge, at least from a raw numbers perspective, with the 469- and 503-hp versions of the AMG C63 it has coming.
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Cadillac’s V-Series helped put a halo around the original CTS sedan – with a new V- model expected to follow early next year based on the latest, and larger 2015 CTS. It reportedly will maintain the classic V-8 formula that has been used on all other V-Series models until now.
New Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen is betting that performance will help the Detroit brand much as it has done for BMW with the M line, and for Mercedes-Benz with its AMG models. They don’t necessarily generate significant sales volumes but, rather, draw potential customers into the showrooms for other models in the line-up.
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