0-60 In 3.9: Caddy’s New M3 Fighter

There were some pretty exciting reveals at last week’s Los Angeles Auto Show including the forthcoming Shelby GT350 Mustang and brand new Volkswagen Golf R Wagon. The other big news that came out of the LA Convention Center is the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V.

As the latest and perhaps most impressive addition to Cadillac’s line of high performance V-series models, the ATS-V is aimed right at the heart of Europe’s top performance sedans, and it seems to have all the goods to be a worthy competitor.

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan

Like the BMW M3 and M4, the ATS-V is powered by a twin turbocharged six cylinder engine – or more specifically a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 455hp and 445lb/ft. Transmission choices are an 8-speed automatic or a 6-speed stick with rev-matching and launch control. It all adds up to a machine that will hit 60 in 3.9 seconds and top out at 185mph.

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

As expected, the ATS-V features a number of chassis and suspension improvements, including magnetic ride control, additional bracing, an electronic limited slip differential and large Brembo brakes. There’s also 18-inch wheels wrapped in sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan

The exterior receives a number of changes from the standard ATS, including wider fenders, unique front and rear fascias and a vented carbon fiber hood that gives the ATS-V an especially aggressive look.

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan

Inside, the cabin features all of the comfort and tech you’d expect from a modern Cadillac, with the big highlight being a pair of 16-way adjustable power Recaro seats. A performance data recorder is also available.

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

Like the standard ATS, the ATS-V will be available in both two-door coupe and four-door sedan body styles with deliveries to begin next spring.

All in all, this is just another sign that we are truly living in a golden era of performance.

Mike Garrett
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And what a golden era it is. This car is stunning. One thing I find a bit interesting is the resemblance to the Chevy SS in the grille and nose. Maybe it's just me but the way the nose is shaped and the grille itself take hints from Chevy's new 4-door. With that being said, that is in no way, shape or form a bad thing at all. Beautiful car. Perfectly executed. Good job GM. *Thumbs up*


not to hate...nm yeah to hate crap amreican pile and it's uglier than sin bet it weighs waaaaaaaaaaaaaay more than it should and HP per liter is some terrible number...


LavarBowers Dude, you do know that it's not 1978 anymore, right?


M3 fighter? Possibly. But man, this car is ugly! I'm pretty sure that the new Opel Astra or Renault Megane looks way cooler and fresher than this. It is, what, a ten year old design?


H8RADE  Do you like the design? Really?? Why???


V6 and American? Hmmm...


I dig it. I wish it were available in a wagon though. It's great that they are trying something different besides slapping a corvette motor in there (not that there is anything wrong with that).


But can it corner like a M3?


Maalulischious Oh probably not. You know Cadillacs are just gigantic, unrefined boats. Not like those fancy European cars with their great tires, stiffened platforms, and magnetic dampers. Oh wait.


greenroadster H8RADE Because that is his opinion.


Drove the base model ATS this year at AMP in Arizona.  Absolutely blew my mind how Cadillac nailed the dynamics and ride quality.  If you haven't driven this car in a track setting, you're really missing out on how great the base chassis is.  I can only imagine that the V version really is an M3 fighter with the extra power.  Surely the Pilot super sports in a wider spec will provide the extra grip needed in the corners to hang with the Bimmer.

I just wish I could afford the thing.



2 year old design. And it's gorgeous!


All in all, this is just another sign that we are truly living in a golden era of performance...

...and hideous car design.


I think it looks better than most sedans on the road today, though it doesn't look as good as an M3.


I hope that all the haters take note that the ATS-V's big brother, the CTS-V, was quicker around Nordschliefe than the last generation M3. Cadillacs aren't pile-o-refuse like some have said, and the lap times show it.


Maalulischious LOL I see what you did there ;)

Very true statement sir


It doesn't look aggressive enough IMO. If you can't tell the regular ATS from the ATS-V from 40 feet away, there's a big issue. Especially if they want to compete with established nameplates. I predict low sales. It may turn out to be better in every way than the F80 M3 or the new C63, but both those vehicles look a bit more special.


Maalulischious I dont know if youve heard but the ATS has been giving the 3 series a run for its money in the handling department since it was released a couple years ago. Some say it corners better. So yeah probably


And it's built right in my back yard... I can't wait to see one in person!


Ive always thought that the CTS-V looked better in saloon form, and it goes without saying that the ATS-V follows that


Dill Pickle And M3-s big brother M5 is faster than CTS-V


stumanfu5 greenroadster Gorgeous? Wow, just wow.


I like the seats. 

That is all.


Dill Pickle Apples with apples?


This is probably the first modern Cadillac that I think looks good.


That Angles Crest turn out has been used way to many times lately HAHAH!


A GTR clone for the plebs


The sedan.....the needs.....


I don't know man.. it seems like an amazing machine, but I just can't imagine myself buying a USDM with anything other than a V8....  Ironically, if I want a juicy V8 in this market segment, the only option left is a Toyota :)


That's quite odd. I looked up the times again and some sites say that the CTS-V is faster than the M5 while others say the M5 is faster.


Between this and the new Mustang, all sorts of ugly!



swap in a buick badge, all black, & you have a modern Grand National. GM is doing things right


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Just a shame the new M3 is crap.


Dill Pickle  The American ones say the Cadillac is faster. The European Ones say the M5 is faster.


TokyoCarGuy this toyota joke was funny like in 1993. now it's just pathetic


the Gen VI Camaro will share the same chassis as the new ATS V, wonder if they're going to have the TT V6 as an option too.


@iainthesusbaby TokyoCarGuy Toyota joke? err, no its called a Lexus RC F, its weight is a bit of a joke though!


loslogo id say its more of a modern grand national. just because it has a ttv6 doesnt make it a gtr clone.


gm, form and chrysler are making some amazing cars these days. i think this is the second golden age of american cars. hell even the horsepower wars are starting up again.


Wow, wonder if the motor will be put in a future camaro one day?