In order to get the most out of premium car buyers, the only American high-end car brand released an all new car called the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V. Available as a coupe and as a sedan, this luxury compact saloon stands at the sporty side of the equation. It is a powerful, mean, and almost threatening and hostile machine hiding behind the V sports badge. We saw some impressive executive saloons from Cadillac. Some wore aristocrat suits while the other showed what can be achieved with American craftsmanship. Once again, Cadillac leads the way even in the territory where only the courageous went – the territory dominated by the mighty German executive saloons and sporty coupes made by Audi, BMW and Mercedes.
The newest addition to the Cadillac V lineup is the ATS-V in both coupe and saloon version. The small executive saloon made to celebrate American luxury and sporty attitude is the first car in years to make us wonder what are we able to do besides sending a man to the moon. Apparently, we are destined to make some great stuff as well, this Caddy included. John Barrick, a program engineering manager at Cadillac, was the one responsible for this car. With a little help from his friends (see Joe Cocker there), especially one lucky guy called Tony Roma, the main chief engineer for the whole V lineup, Barrick made a car that looks stunning and that almost carries a nuclear weapon under its carbon fiber engine cover (which is, by the way, standard for every ATS-V). The official data proves this to be a real premium sport coupe and saloon. The 3.6 liter V6 is twin turbocharged and it provides the beautifully sinister ATS-V with 455 HP and 445 pound-feet of torque. Everything goes to the back, of course. There, the 18 inch or 19 inch Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires deploy all the power to the ground in such a furious fashion that the coupe version can accelerate to 60 in less than 4 seconds. The Cadillac ATS-V is clearly a school example of a sports car which can stack up to other premium saloons in the department of speed, craftsmanship and luxury. Is that enough to make the Cadillac a better performer in this highly specialized segment niche!?
The tech underneath its compact but beautiful body shows that Cadillac did not make any shortcuts making it. The chassis is 25 percent stiffer than before and it was fully capable of sustaining even the most advanced systems such as Magnetic Ride Control and Performance Traction Management System. Now, the Magnetic Ride Control is not the newest thing you’ve heard about. However, for the ATS-V (coupe and saloon), Cadillac used the most advanced version of it. The system monitors what is happening beneath the wheel and adjusts the dampers in accordance with the road conditions. The system works 40 percent faster than ever before. It’s like a live stream feed, only it’s not live and it’s not a stream. All of this high-end stuff is hard to manage when the driver disposes with an engine powerful enough to move a mountain. For the purpose of braking, Brembo provided the best they had. Under that 18 or 19 inch wheels hides a braking system with six piston calipers hugging front 14,5 inch discs. This is sufficient even for the hard use on track. This Caddy will hit the track and it will hit it hard stacking up against the new M3/M4 which are, to say the least, amazing.
All of this sporty attitude entwined with the executive saloon theme was translated in the inside as well. Leather is the material of choice. It can be found everywhere and it looks so rich and posh that it is easy to see why this badass car could be used on the track after you dvive off that expensive Manhattan parking spot. It is that good.
All in all, the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V is the first unchained Caddy which will make fun of almost anything it finds on the road. The only competition really comes from Germany and from that lunatic Lexus RC F.