An even more hardcore and powerful version of the Cadillac ATS-V could be created by the American automaker in a similar vein to the Black Series variants offered by Mercedes-AMG.

While speaking with Car and Driver about the possibility, the automaker’s chief engineer Dave Leone said “We might have something down the road that is a little bit more aggressive.”

While that is far from conclusive, it is being reported that a more potent ATS-V variant could reach the market as soon as 2017. If it were to follow a similar route to Mercedes-AMG Black Series car, a number of suspension and braking revisions would inevitably be adopted alongside some visual and aerodynamic modifications and engine tweaks.

As for the ‘standard’ ATS-V, its engine is a twin-turbocharged V6 derived from the CTS Vsport. It delivers 464 hp and 445 lb-ft of torque and compared to the CTS Vsport, features revised titanium connecting rods, two water-to-air intercoolers, titanium turbocharger turbines as well as a new radiator dedicated to the transmission and electronically locking differential.

Transmission options include a six-speed manual ‘box or a single-clutch eight-speed auto with both sending power exclusively to the rear wheels. 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’.

[Via Car and Driver]

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