Alongside the road-legal 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe and Sedan, the racing-spec Cadillac ATS-V.R. is also celebrating its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2014. It will replace the successful CTS-V.R and could race in over 30 different GT series around the world. Thanks to its undeniably aggressive looks, it caught our eye so we headed in for a closer look.
At the heart of the Cadillac ATS-V.R is the twin-turbocharged 3.6-litre V6 engine of the road-going ATS-V originally derived from the CTS Vsport. However, the engine has been thoroughly upgraded to now feature larger BorgWarner turbochargers, increased capacity intercoolers, a competition-spec engine management system and side existing exhausts and consequently can pump out up to 600 hp at 7400 rpm and 520 lb-ft of torque.
Mated to this potent engine is an Xtrac sequential six-speed transaxle gearbox complete with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The Cadillac ATS-V.R also features a limited slip differential, driver adjustable electronic traction control, and massive six-piston Brembo brakes at the front with 380 mm discs and four-pot Brembo calipers at the rear with 355 mm discs.