2015 Cadillac ATS-V Testing with BMW M3

Benchmarking the Ultimate Driving Machine.

We’ve already spotted the 2015 Cadillac ATS-V out testing before, but now we know for a fact that Cadillac is aiming its new performance sedan directly at the venerable BMW M3. How do we know this? Because one of our spy shooters caught a camouflaged ATS-V running with an M3 sedan.

The biggest giveaways that this car is the 2015 ATS-V are the massive quad exhaust tips, which we have a better look at this time around. Those tips will help the ATS-V’s powerplant – which our shooter says will probably be the same 410-hp twin-turbocharged V-6 making its way into the 2014 XTS — breathe. We have to wonder if Caddy will uprated the forced-induction six even further for the V-spec model, given that the outgoing BMW M3 extracts 414 hp from its naturally aspirated 4.0-liter V-8, and we wouldn’t expect BMW to deliver less power with the next-generation M3. We can’t tell if one of GM’s high-powered V-8s would fit in the engine bay of the ATS-V, but the 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 from the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray could help beat the M3 and 451-hp Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG with its 455-hp output.

These latest shots also give us a slightly better look at the revised front fascia for the ATS-V. Thanks to the tightly wrapped camo, we can make out a set of larger intakes under the headlights and a bigger grille. Although we can’t tell for sure because of the cladding, it looks like there may, in fact, be a bit of a bulge in the hood to make room for something larger and more potent than the current range-topping 3.6-liter V-6. We can also see high-performance rubber wrapped around wheels that are hiding larger brake calipers and rotors than the standard ATS.

Expect to see the 2015 Cadillac ATS-V make its official appearance next January at the 2014 Detroit auto show.