There was a rumor going around that Cadillac might just ignore the CTS as its race car next and will instead choose its ATS Coupe. As it turns out, that is absolutely what is happening right now. Presicely, Cadillac ATS-V.R  set the start of the next generation of Cadillac's V-Series elite, high-performance cars. The new race car was shown at the Circuit of the Americas, one of country's pre-eminent racing venues.

The new ATS-V.R is a vehicle which represents a racing extension of the upcoming Cadillac ATS-V Coupe. Under the hood of the racer lies the LF4.R engine, the racing version of the Twin Turbo 3.6L V-6 in the award-winning Cadillac CTS Vsport. It generates monstrous 600 hp and about 520 pound-feet of torque.

It becomes obvious that the ATS-V.R is equipped with an aggressive aero kit with a carbon fiber front splitter, and a wing at the back. The weight of the whole package is estimated at about 2,900 pounds, which is approximately 700 pounds less than the street version. In addition, there is also a full under tray directs air beneath the car to the rear diffuser, which helps create a downforce-producing effect and plants the 18-inch racing tires to the track. The mighty vision of the new Cadillac ATS-V.R is further complemented by the lightweight aluminum block and heads which are counterbalanced by a rear transaxle.

The ATS-V.R Coupe premiers next week, along with the ATS-V sedan, at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It is going to arrive track-capable from the factory next spring.

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Source: Cadillac