Entry Worth: $67,795
Worth as Examined: $80,775
This week, we’re driving Cadillac’s performance-bred compact supercar, the 2019 ATS-V coupe motivated by a robust 464-horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine. The ATS-V is the little brother of midsize CTS-V, which receives motivation from a supercharged V8 engine.
Because it’s been some time since we final drove a Cadillac, right here’s a little bit of the historical past. The Cadillac model dates again to 1902 when Cadillac launched its first two car fashions. Following preliminary success, the Cadillac model was shortly acquired by GM in 1906 and since then the luxurious autos have advanced from opulence solely into an innovator of high-performance, ground-breaking design and pioneering technological advances.
From incorporating extremely high-tech pc know-how with excessive horsepower engine designs that give good gas mileage, Cadillac is at the moment constructing a few of the quickest manufacturing vehicles on the planet. This leads to Cadillac being a worldwide contender for the luxurious efficiency greenback competing with the likes of Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW, Infiniti, Lexus, Acura and others.
Our tester ATS-V coupe (sedan now not out there) delivers a compact automotive expertise with the added efficiency side that Cadillac develops on the main sports activities automotive racing endurance occasions. Most up-to-date is a 2019 Daytona Rolex 24-hour one-two victory within the high prototype class the place upper-crust manufacturing unit groups compete.
Cadillac makes use of what it learns on the nation’s pace programs by incorporating this data into its platform the place the ATS-V fashions are in-built Lansing, Michigan. The result’s an ATS-V that’s constructed for the educated excessive efficiency driver and clearly not for an inexperienced driver. With energy and torque numbers within the stratosphere, an unsuspecting driver can get in over their heads simply as quick because the “V” fashions speed up. Particularly, when the ATS-V’s 464-horses and 445-lb. ft. of torque is unleashed, every part occurs shortly and 100 mph arrives in seconds. As for gas mileage, 17 metropolis and 25 are listed on the window sticker which is excellent for a excessive efficiency automotive of this caliber.
From the spectacular and sculptured exterior to the inviting inside, there’s actually nothing compact about Cadillac ATS-V apart from its EPA classification (and maybe the shortage of a big trunk). ATS-V rides on a close to 110-inch wheelbase whereas the twin-turbo V6 mates with our tester’s elective 8-speed automated. The automated provides one other $2,000 to the bottom value as a 6-speed guide is normal fare. Nonetheless, even Cadillac admits the automated accelerates faster and even provides higher gas mileage in comparison with the guide’s EPA rankings of 16 metropolis and 23 freeway.
Due to the powerful northeast winter climate, our tester arrived with Bridgestone 18-inch snow tires that carried a higher-speed “V” ranking so every part was advantageous as soon as our roads cleared. A observe right here to those that imagine these snow tires will work on this rear drive solely Cadillac … they received’t. They may assist a little bit, however my recommendation is hold your ATS-V within the storage when the snow and ice come your means as an AWD model will not be out there.
When the climate cleared from a snowstorm, we have been in a position to take a look at the ATS-V at a closed circuit facility and I can attest that at excessive pace this Cadillac handles just like the thoroughbred it’s. As for the conventional nation roads, a totally unbiased Magnetic Journey and Competitors Spec suspension hooks to a driver selectable tour, sport, monitor and snow/ice mode setting, all of which ship a stiffer experience general. Nonetheless, homeowners can anticipate a superb dose of Cadillac cruising consolation as our ATS-V was very content material whereas freeway cruising. A $2,300 Recaro Efficiency seat bundle provides to the driving expertise, firmly holding the motive force and passenger of their seats particularly below higher-speed cornering.
So, it’s on the open street the place this Cadillac is most content material and responds accordingly. Due to its rear drive and corresponding glorious entrance to rear weight ratio, decrease middle of gravity and the highly effective twin-turbo double overhead cam V6, our ATS-V is without doubt one of the most spectacular compacts we’ve pushed up to now. It’s nimble, hugs the curves, is straightforward to park and accelerates like a race automotive when prodded as in zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.
Notable options, of which there are too many to say, embrace the Cadillac Person Expertise that controls settings and navigation on an eight-inch show; push button begin; race-bred Brembo disc brakes; Bose premium stereo; all trendy security options; glorious underpinnings; excellent appears; and (to not be forgotten) Apple/Android connectivity.
An $1,800 Security Package deal (advisable) provides all the most recent modern-day upgrades like lane help, ahead collision alert, rear cross site visitors, lane change alert, following distance indicator and far more. It’s price each penny and your Cadillac seller will clarify all if you go to.
Vital numbers embrace a wheelbase of 109.3 inches; 3,803 lb. curb weight, 10.4 cu. ft. of cargo area and a 16-gallon gas tank.
Notable is a six yr, 70,000 mile drivetrain guarantee and after including a complete of $11,985 in main and ancillary choices with the $995 supply, the ultimate retail got here in at $80,775.
To summarize, Cadillac is pulling again manufacturing on a few of the vehicles it at the moment produces, and the ATS-V and CTS-V are two of them. Nonetheless, don’t fret as sellers are taking orders on the brand new CT6-V with its all-new Blackwing Twin-Turbo 4.6-liter V8 producing over 627 lb. ft. of torque from its 550-horsepower design.
In the event you need a supercharged CTS or a twin turbo ATS adopted by that legendary “V” badge, now’s the time to purchase as they’ll be gone after 2019 manufacturing.
No matter alternative, the V’s are all excellent Cadillac efficiency vehicles for the astute efficiency connoisseur.
Likes: Exhilarating efficiency, twin turbo, V-legend, construct high quality.
Dislikes: Rear seat leg room, cargo area, infotainment studying curve.
Greg Zyla writes weekly for Extra Content material Now and GateHouse Media. Contact him at [email protected] or at 303 Roosevelt St., Sayre, PA 18840.