• Image Credit: Richard Prince/Cadillac
  • Image Credit: Richard Prince/Cadillac
  • Image Credit: Richard Prince/Cadillac
  • Image Credit: Richard Prince/Cadillac
  • Image Credit: Richard Prince/Cadillac
  • Image Credit: Richard Prince/Cadillac
  • Image Credit: Richard Prince/Cadillac
  • Image Credit: Richard Prince/Cadillac
  • Image Credit: Richard Prince/Cadillac
There's a new intermediate class of luxury performance cars emerging. Audi has been doing it for years with its S-line bridging the gap, in many cases, between the standard fare and the full-on RS performance range. BMW's getting in on it with the M Sport line slotting in below the full M models. And now Cadillac is joining the fun with its Vsport offerings.

Models like the CTS Vsport and XTS Vsport are packing a new 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 with 410 or more horsepower (along with bigger wheels and brakes) to slot in between the standard model and any impending V variant. Well, it appears Cadillac isn't about to stop there.

Speaking with The Detroit News, Cadillac product chief Hampden Tener revealed that, based on the response to the XTS Vsport, the brand is planning more Vsport models. He did not, however, indicate which would be the next to get the slightly sportier treatment. With the full ATS-V expected to pack a version of the same engine powering the aforementioned XTS and CTS Vsport models, an ATS Vsport would have to pack a smaller engine to fit in below. That only leaves the SRX crossover, Escalade SUV and the upcoming ELR hybrid. Food for thought.


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      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      The new CTS V-Sport just ran the Ring in 8.14, making it quicker than the first gen CTSV that had the LS6 Z06 engine. Bring on the twin turbo 460 HP ATS-V !! M3 Killa!
        Clark
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Street King
        It may eventually beat the M3, or BMW will wake up and pay some respect to the principles that made it what it is. Either way, Caddys will always be nothing but a tail-chasing brand driven by YeeHaw morons. Sad really.
      Turbo_S60
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds like a plan to me! As long as dont see anything crazy like Escalade V-Sport lol. I think two prime candidates would be the ATS with 4cyl pumped to 300+hp and the SRX with the V6 twin turbo from the XTS V-Sport
        Rob
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Turbo_S60
        The ATS V will have between 420 to 440 hp so I agree a ATS V sport would probably see a higher boost 2.0. Should that be the hand played then hopefully Caddy will offer a 6sp manual and awd with the 2.0T in a V sport. The regular 2.0T awd is auto only
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't see the ELR getting the Vsport treatment, although you never know!
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        TopGun
        • 1 Year Ago
        Factually dishonest? Dishonest implies intent to convince by twisting facts...thought you'd be familiar with that. I don't even find the article factually inaccurate. They state the XTS V-sport exists...they state the CTS V-sport exists. They talk about an "full" ATS V...but I see no evidence of the ATS V-sport being APPROVED. You do know the difference between the V-sport and all out V no? Maybe you don't...because I'm sure you didn't dishonestly write this whole thing to point out something about Cadillac's sales numbers.
          Papi L-Gee
          • 1 Year Ago
          @TopGun
          It's Laser bashing his GM strawmen. Just downvote him and move on.
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        imoore
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ Laser: Yawn.
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      2MUCH
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why did they have to follow Lexus and BMW with this whole F Sport and M Sport couldn't they be more creative and call it VS SV this whole market it going to be crowd. I bet when Lexus created the F Sport line they didn't think everyone would follow especially because it seems like they the only company that's trying to b different and a little more creative. I hope Infiniti don't come with no IPLSport or L Sport stick with the S like Audi To be honest F Sport sounds the best... It such a shame to the point where these Auto makers can't be creative! No wonder why its always SMALL Medium Large
        Papi L-Gee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2MUCH
        BMW M Sport came after Audi S-line, IIRC. Also, what does Cadillac Vsport offer that the lines you mentioned don't? Actual meaningful performance upgrades.
      sloanm101
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want to see a 3.0l Twin Turbo! To replace all the natural 3.6l. Especially since the 3.6l ATS doesn't really beat the 335i in performance.
      8LiterHemiV8
      • 1 Year Ago
      More the better.
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think on the ATS it should just be a suspension and brake package. They don't always have to mess with the engine. Audi's S-line and BMW's M Sport are mostly just visual fluff anyway. They do something minimal and charge an arm and a leg for it. By offering a different engine option Cadillac is actually taking a step further, but still the ATS already has enough engines. The 2.0, 3.6, and 3.6TT will fill out it's needs just fine.
      bruff1977
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don't be surprised if the 2.5L disappears in 2015. No more Base. 2.0T, 3.6L, then the twin turbo. Still hoping for a V8 ATS-V.
      Eggmania
      • 1 Year Ago
      and lexus has the f-sport. sad thing is. infiniti's 'fast car' ipl division, are basically these 1 level down class of 'fast cars'. i dont get it, put some of that GT-R engineering in an infiniti
        miketim1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eggmania
        Lexus F-Sport actually drastically improves handling and performance where the ipl doesn't really do anything.
          Jonathan Lee
          • 1 Year Ago
          @miketim1
          It's the opposite. I've never seen an F Sport that has had anything done to it by Lexus other than stiffer suspension and a bodykit. The IPL cars, on the other hand, do have performance upgrades done to them. Granted, it's not much, but in this class of slightly hotted-up saloons, "not much" is just about good enough.
      Eta Carinae
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just watched the cadillac cts V sport lapping the ring......and boy does it look good in motion !!! Cadillac keep up the good work !!!! Can you just imagine how good the V's are gonna be ?!?!? Bmw, audi, mercedes....you better start clinching cause cadillac is polishing that boot and is ready to shove up your...............exhaust pipes
        Clark
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eta Carinae
        I guess inbred Yankees need something to crow about.
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