2013 Cadillac ATS spy shots
Update: The guys over at GMInsideNews insist the ATS-V will come with a V-8 engine, possibly a variation of GM's next-gen LS, which is expected to feature a 5.5-liter displacement, so as it stands it could go either way in terms of powertrains for the sporty ATS-V.
Contrary to previous reports, the upcoming 2013 Cadillac ATS-V, the high-performance variant of Cadillac’s new entry-level sedan, may end up forgoing the V-8 option and instead offer a twin-turbocharged V-6. Given the fact that many of its rivals are heading this way, the news is not all that surprising and would be welcome given the current price of fuel.
We’ve already seen a supercharged V-6 fitted to the Audi S4, and BMW’s next-generation M3 is expected to feature a twin-turbocharged inline-six, so the new 2013 Cadillac ATS-V with an expected force-fed V-6 will fit right in with the rest of the competition.
Inside sources have revealed that the engine destined for the ATS-V will be a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 with around 380 horsepower on tap. This will leave a healthy gap between it and its bigger brother, the 556 horsepower Cadillac CTS-V, helping to prevent the potential cannibalization of sales between the two.
A six-speed manual will almost certainly come as standard, with a six-speed automatic being offered as an option.
Expect 0-60 times in the sub-5.0 seconds bracket and a top speed of around 170 mph.
Production of the new 2013 Cadillac ATS range is expected to start towards the end of next year at GM’s Lansing plant in Michigan, which recently benefited from a $190 million upgrade. For more details on the cars, including additional spy shots, click here.