Cadillac Shows its First Ever ATS-V Coupe
2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe is the first ever ATS-V coupe, which in addition features the first Twin Turbo V-Series delivering the ultimate driving experience. The car just debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show, with the announcement that its production will begin in next year's spring. Precisely, the Twin Turbo 3.6L V-6 V-Series engine is as powerful as 455 horsepower (339 kW) and 603 Nm (445 lb-ft) of torque, and enables 0-60 performance in 3.9 seconds. The top speed is more than 185 mph. This potent unit is linked to a six-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Match, or a paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission with launch control and Performance Algorithm Shift.
Furthermore, the Cadi also boasts redesigned chassis, suspension and drivetrain systems. Some of the key performance technologies included here are the Brembo high-performance brake, Magnetic Ride Control, Performance Traction Management and more.
The underlying ATS structure is highly mass that has been optimized and designed to meet higher performance requirements. The new elements include unique shock tower-to-plenum brace, strengthened rocker bulkhead, stronger rear cradle-to-rocker braces, unique aluminum shear panel at the front of the chassis, V-braces for the engine compartment. The result? 25-percent greater structural stiffness, hence - more precise handling and more direct steering responsiveness.
The great performance of the car is supported by the Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, which were specifically developed for the ATS-V. They have a tri-compound tread which delivers for better grip, excellent ride quality and extended tread wear.
Going next to the exterior of the car, we must say that Cadillac put a lot of efforts here. Almost every exterior panel on the ATS-V is unique, starting with the fascias and fenders, to the hood, rear spoiler and rocker moldings. For instance, the hood is made of lightweight carbon fiber and features an air-extracting vent.
Aerodynamics is improved with the addition of larger grille openings in the front fascia, the wider fenders to accommodate 18 x 9-inch front wheels and 18 x 9.5-inch rear wheels, the aluminum wheels are constructed of a low-mass forging and the rocker moldings and rear spoiler are aero-optimized.
For those ho need more aerodynamic experience there are available the optional Carbon Fiber and Track packages. The first one features more aggressive front splitter, hood vent trim and rear diffuser, along with composite rocker extensions and a taller, body-color rear spoiler. The second has all of the components of the former, but adds Performance Data Recorder and a low-mass battery. It also deletes the floor mats and tire inflator kit to save weight.
Inside, we see 16-way-adjustable RECARO performance front seats trimmed in Mulan leather with sueded microfiber inserts and seatbacks. There are three interior color combinations offered: Jet Black, Jet Black with Saffron accents and Light Platinum with Jet Black accents.
ATS-V also adds 5.7-inch, three-window instrument panel cluster display, with V-Series graphics and distinctive gauge readouts. The connectivity technologies include CUE with Bluetooth connectivity with natural voice recognition, text-to-voice and OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.