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Cadillac's Kickin' ATS

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On: Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 12:14PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Cadillac's Kickin' ATS

As sports sedans go, American car companies have come a long way in the last few decades. Where once, Ford, Chevy, or Chrysler would slap a few extra pieces of body cladding, change a paint job, and slap a few letters like "SHO", "RT", or even the vaunted "SS" on some of these putrid attempts at performance cars and tote them out for all of us to fawn over. All the while, we, the consumers, are looking to see how our favorite hometown hero is getting into fighting shape to take on the best Europe and Japan had to offer, and what we were given and told was a Chevy Malibu "SS" or a Ford Taurus "SHO" is really just our same old garden-variety grocery getter with maybe a less restrictive air filter with a hopeful expectation of maybe five extra ponies under the hood.

Thankfully, those days are long gone. As evidence, we give you the newest Bavarian-Butt Kicker from Cadillac: The ATS-V. This Caddy does more than just zig, it crushes. While most M3/M4 drivers probably don't think they have much to worry about when a Cadillac rolls up next to them, the ATS-V might just leave them sobbing on their heated steering wheels. The ATS-V takes the same game plan as BMW does with its M-Cars. It starts with a rather stout motor, in the Caddy's case, a 3.6-liter V6 borrowed from the CTS and then the upgrades begin. Titanium connecting rods, twin-titanium turbochargers replete with twin two water-to-air intercoolers, a third radiator whose sole mission is to keep both the transmission and differential cool. All of these engine mods make this a bit more than the Cadillacs of yesteryear—445 horsepower and a skull-flattening 445 pound-feet of torque. Cadillac promises 0-60mph in the sub-four second range while top speed should exceed 185 mph.

But Cadillac is smart enough to know that to fight the Ms and AMGs of the world, you can't just rely on straight ahead speed. Hairpin turns and slalom courses are part of the challenge too. The ATS-V is ready for the challenge, bringing to the table a stiffer suspension, fatter Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, and an optional body kit that adds 100 pounds of downforce at 150mph. Six-piston front and four-piston rear Brembo brakes add plenty of stopping power when track days are over.

Will the ATS-V turn every M3/M4 owner back to American built sports cars? No, probably not. But if they keep an open mind and drive both cars back to back, there is no doubt that they will be very surprised by the newest hot rod from Cadillac because it's not just another American car with a silly letter glued to it. The ATS-V has got the poise, the power, and the punch to get those German drivers to keep their eyes open for a certain "V" badge, because it could mean they're about to get Victimized.


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EDB | 4:09PM (Fri, Feb 6, 2015)

I love this car ! Very sleek and stylish!

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