Cadillac ATS spy shots – Click above for high res-image gallery

When we heard Cadillac was mulling up a V-Series variant of the upcoming ATS, we were really hoping for LSA V8 power. But if Car and Driver sources are correct, we may not be so lucky. Those sources claim the upcoming entry-level performance Caddy will boast a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with around 380 horsepower. That should be more than enough juice to push the performance ATS to 60 in under five seconds, while also saving a bit of fuel compared to a supercharged V8.

Cadillac is targeting the BMW M3 with its new ATS-V, and the folks in Munich have already confirmed that the next-gen M car will also have turbocharged, six-cylinder power.

C/D opines that an uber-ATS could also be in the works, LSA power and all. While far from a sure thing, a supercharged V8-packing ATS would no doubt serve notice to the world of entry lux models that Team Cadillac is playing to win. Still, a twin-turbo V6 ATS could still be an ass-kicking marvel of considerable proportions. 380 horsepower could indeed be an underestimation, in part since no V variant has ever featured less than 400 horsepower. We'd further add that any Cadillac V-Series model should be able to best a $28,000 Mustang GT, but that's just our opinion.


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      Rob
      • 3 Years Ago
      This could be a potential Acura TL and BMW 3 series killer. Looking forward to seeing how that plays out. I hope they will have the availability of a 6 speed manual and all wheel drive.
        sckid213
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rob
        TL is doing a good job of killing itself. I hope the ATS has more of a 3-series or A4 feel, rather than a TL or Lexus IS feel. Wish it was coming sooner -- I'm in the market and would totally consider one.
      Lou
      • 3 Years Ago
      @John If memory serves me right I believe the car in the picture is not the ATS. It is a test mule using the CTS sheetmetal. If you look at the back wheel there's that huge gap because the sheet metal doesnt fit on that chassis.
      graphikzking
      • 3 Years Ago
      CTS weighs 3900lbs. CTSV weighs 4200lbs. So basically it adds about 8% into their performance weights. Does anyone really see a GM making a V6 engine with twin turbo, intercoolers, piping etc to come in under 3800lbs? This would mean their standard car would have to come in about 3400-3500lbs. Their Cruze is 3102 lbs and doesn't have a 6cylinder, large/wide tires, turbos, intercooler etc. I just don't see it. The LSA in this car would probably save about 50lbs in engine alone. That could be used to beef up the drivetrain etc. Use the standard corvette engine/trans/playform and just stretch it. This could really work and would help to lower the cost of the vette platform. The M3 has 420hp and 3700lbs.
        trippycake
        • 3 Years Ago
        @graphikzking
        I can't believe that the ATS-V will have less than 400 ponies. The current M3 has over 400, and no automakers bring down the HP number, even if it's not necessary and especially not on a performance car. So the ATS-V, in order to be competitive, even if only in the most baseless of ways, needs to come at least close to the M3s numbers.
        Autoblogist
        • 3 Years Ago
        @graphikzking
        Your not making any sense, you state the CTS-V with the LSA weighs 300lbs more than the regular CTS, but some how putting it in the ATS-V would save weight? If I pulled all the turbo, intercooler and piping off my 1.8t A4, I may get 40 pounds if I'm lucky, turbos aren't ridiculously heavy. The notion that they add significant weight is absurd. GM has more than enough engines bays to keep making the LS at a competitive price. A Corvette sharing a modular chassis is a compromised Vette.
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @graphikzking
        I don't see how an LSA would save over this engine. The LSA carries intercoolers, piping, etc. also.
      Serge
      • 3 Years Ago
      You're crushing my dreams of an LS7 powered ATS-V...
      • 3 Years Ago
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        KaiserWilhelm
        • 3 Years Ago
        $35-40k would be nice, but thats highly unrealistic, especially if this car is expected to compete against an M3. $50k would still be a relative bargain.
        Autoblogist
        • 3 Years Ago
        A small block V-8 has about the same weight as their V-6, so weight is not the issue. However fuel consumption and refinement is. A TT-V6 would keep GM current way the auto industry is head.
      asisco58
      • 3 Years Ago
      "We'd further add that any Cadillac V-Series model should be able to best a $28,000 Mustang GT, but that's just our opinion. " What does this car have to do with a Mustang?
        Blakkar
        • 3 Years Ago
        @asisco58
        Th ATS-V will be aimed at competing against the M3. The Mustang 5.0 GT, with the Track pack, can beat the M3 at the track and still has a very respectable if street racer firm street ride.. The comment was based on street and track performance. However the pricing is wrong. Such an equipped Mustang would cost around $35K but varies where and how you buy it.
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @asisco58
        Seriously. AB needs to get over the Mustang fixation. It's tough to top a cheap, stripped down performance car with a luxury model. So why are they comparing the two?
      Ducman69
      • 3 Years Ago
      For those that argue that a twin turbo overhead cam V6 offers less performance than the excellent V8 with possibly even a larger underhood footprint due to the size and routing of the turbochargers and intercooling and less crisp throttle response, that may be true, but it will be a big hit in Europe. Much of Europe puts a heavy tax on displacement. An engine with half the displacement, but the same effective displacement due to turbocharging will drastically reduce taxes while achieving similar performance.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      John
      • 3 Years Ago
      Haven't really been following this car....where is it supposed to fit in? It already looks 6 years old and it hasn't even come out yet.
        seppling
        • 3 Years Ago
        @John
        Won't berate you because you stated you weren't following it, but these pictures are just a mule of the car. It is the chassis of the unrevealed ATS with the body of the current CTS shell on it. The ATS will be a smaller car, as is made obvious by the wheels
      johncuyle
      • 3 Years Ago
      This sucks. They need to put a naturally aspirated smallblock in there. The supercharged LSA is, to me, a much less desirable powerplant than the LS7 even with the additional power and torque. The ATS-V didn't need that much, but whatever the standard engine is in the next Corvette would have been enough. Twin turbo V6's suck. I've just lost all interest in the ATS.
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @johncuyle
        Twin turbo V6s do not suck! I drove one for a decade and they only got better since. I like the LS engines and the LS7 is my favorite too. But it isn't the right solution for all problems.
        Danaon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @johncuyle
        LS7 is a pretty expensive engine. I would expect them to use maybe the LS3/AWD in the ATS-V. While I could see GM making a TT 3.0 (their current 3.0 is oddly suited for this) I think that would be a bad decision. It will be an expensive engine to manufacture and service, and one of their N/A V8s would be quite at home in a Cadillac.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @johncuyle
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      Noz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Really?? In this day and age? WTF are these idiots thinking. "I've got heart disease and diabetes...so I'll drink more and eat more burgers." Fking idiots.
      ilovepartygirls
      • 3 Years Ago
      although I have originally liked the boxy angled look of caddilac when it first came out, they REALLY need to change up their design. they should be like BMW and take a chance with a new bold totally new design and then give it a v6 twin turbo
        EricC
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ilovepartygirls
        That is just a mule with CTS body work (look at the too short wheelbase for the rear wheel arch) We do not know what the ATS will look like
        Ant_88
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ilovepartygirls
        lmao...BMW took a chance on new design????????????????...where was I when this happened?
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