ATS-V To Feature Cadillac’s New Twin-Turbo V-6

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2014 Cadillac ATS

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Contrary to previous reports, Cadillac’s high-performance ATS-V based on its award-winning ATS sedan will forgo a V-8 in favor of the brand’s new twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6. The move will help differentiate the ATS-V from the CTS-V, whose second generation is expected to stick with a supercharged V-8.

We’ve also seen a supercharged V-6 fitted to the Audi S4, and BMW’s next-generation M3 is expected to feature a twin-turbo straight-six engine, so Cadillac’s ATS-V equipped with a twin-turbo V-6 will fit right in with the competition.

The latest information was reported by Car and Driver, which also claims the ATS-V will offer the option of a manual transmission. 

Cadillac’s new twin-turbo V-6, which is already available in the CTS and XTS sedans, is a brilliant unit. It is one of the most powerful V-6 engines on the market, delivering upwards of 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque; it’s producing the same power and even more torque than Audi’s twin-turbo V-8 fitted to the latest S6 and S7.

It’s not clear whether output will be dialed up further for the ATS-V, though it certainly is a possibility. That’s because the engine is running strengthened internals and an all-new fuel injection system.

Rated at 420 horsepower, the engine can spirit the CTS to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and onto a top speed of 170 mph. Packaged in the smaller and more nimble ATS chassis, paired with a manual transmission, with V-grade suspension, aero, and interior upgrades, the engine is likely to make the ATS-V our next attainable lust object.

A launch date for the ATS-V remains uncertain; Cadillac has a lot of new product in the pipeline including a redesigned Escalade due later this year as well as an ATS Coupe due next year.


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Comments (3)
  1. A breath of fresh air force fed air. Wow light on its feet, more efficient, truly a world car rather then a car which was tempting but in the end out of touch with the times! Nice!

  2. Nice to know I was right, I figured the forced induction V6 would be the engine for this, look at BMW, they are ditching the V8 in the M3 for a high powered inline turbo 6

  3. NND - you know as well as i do that the dropping of the V8 is a smoke screen till they develop another V8 that is more fuel efficinet than the force fed 6. Its how BMW keep the M3 ineage fresh. No incarnation is tthe same whether in shape or engine displacement

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