We recently spotted some prototypes for Cadillac’s new ATS-V
but now we have photos of the car’s two-door sibling, the ATS-V Coupe. Yes, Cadillac is working on high-performance ‘V’ versions of its ATS sedan
and ATS Coupe
, with a prototype for the latter spotted here. We’re expecting both the ATS-V sedan and ATS-V Coupe to be launched on the market late next year, although we could see the sedan arrive first and this coupe variant launched sometime in 2016.
Apart from one being a sedan and the other a coupe, the two cars should be almost identical when it comes to performance—just like the new BMW M3/M4 duo
and likely the next-generation versions of the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG/C63 AMG Coupe
. One other key difference between the ATS-V sedan and ATS-V Coupe could be the track width—the regular ATS Coupe is 0.8 inches wider than the sedan.
Though it’s yet to be confirmed, power in Cadillac’s new ATS-V models is expected to come from an uprated version of the twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6 found in the current CTS Vsport and XTS Vsport models. It appears a previously-rumored V-8 option
has been ruled out, although we hear the new ATS-V models will come in both standard form and more potent ‘Plus’ trim.
Peak output is expected to lie somewhere close to 425 horsepower in standard form, which matches the output of BMW’s new M3 and M4 models but is less than the output of the Lexus RC F
and likely that of the next-generation C63 AMG. The ATS-V models should be lighter than their rivals, however, thanks to their Alpha underpinnings. The ATS-V models are also thought to benefit from a seven-speed manual transmission as standard, with General Motors Company's [NYSE:GM] brilliant eight-speed automatic
available as an option.
From the spy shots of this ATS-V Coupe prototype, we can ascertain that the car will feature an aggressive look at the front, dominated by a unique grille with vertical slats. It also appears the car will feature large intakes and a large front splitter. Steel brake discs are present on this prototype, and at the rear we see a set of four large exhaust tips integrated into a diffuser. On top of this appears to be a chunky trunk lid spoiler.
Given the pricing of its competition, we expect the ATS-V sedan to be priced close to $60k and the ATS-V Coupe to start several grand above that figure. Also in the works is a new-generation of the CTS-V
Stay tuned for updates as development progresses.