As part of the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe and Sedan release, it was confirmed that the potent American muscle car can rocket to 96 km/h in a brief 3.9 seconds. Now a video showing that brutal acceleration has been released and it perfectly highlights that the BMW M3/M4 and new Mercedes-AMG C63 really need to watch their backs!
Beneath the skin, the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V uses the long-rumoured 3.6-litre twin-turbocharged V6 currently employed by the CTS Vsport. However, Cadillac’s engineers have managed to extract more power and torque resulting in 450 hp and 445 lb-ft. This extra power has been achieved thanks to new titanium connecting rods, titanium turbocharger turbines, two water-to-air intercoolers as well as a new radiator dedicated to the transmission and electronically locking differential.
All of this power is sent through the rear wheels via either a six-speed manual transmission or a single clutch eight-speed automatic ‘box. To handle the power and torque and to deliver the power to the ground, sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres come standard. When it is all said and done, the Cadillac ATS-V can sprint to 96 km/h (60 mph) in a mere 3.9 seconds as well as a top speed of over 297 km/h (185 mph). The manual gearbox features Active Rev Match, no-lift shifting as well as launch control while the eight-speed auto operated through paddle shifters, includes launch control and the ‘Performance Algorithm Shift’.