Cadillac was a bit conservative in rating the 2016 ATS-V’s twin-turbo, 3.6-liter V-6 engine, as the company announced that this powertrain actually makes a SAE-certified 464 hp and 444 lb-ft of torque in the ATS-V coupe and sedan. That’s 9 hp more (and 1 lb-ft less) than the previously announced figures of 455 hp and 445 lb-ft, and gives the new Cadillac even more stick in the fight brewing between this American upstart and its German competitors, the BMW M3 and the Mercedes-AMG C63.
Cadillac already had the 425-hp BMW covered in the horsepower race, but this revision means that the ATS-V is even closer to the C63, which makes 469 hp from its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8. Given that the Mercedes and the Cadillac’s respective curb weights are within 100 pounds of each other, a drag race between the two would surely be a close contest.
Yes, we know that AMG also offers a C63 S model with a blistering 503 hp, but that car is expected to cost much more than the ATS-V’s starting price of $61,460 for the sedan and $63,660 for the coupe. This price gets you an ATS-V with a claimed 0-60 mph run of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 189 mph. Transmission choices are a six-speed manual with active rev matching or an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters and launch control.
The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V sedan and coupe are scheduled to go on sale this spring, and if the new horsepower rating is enough to sway you, Cadillac is now taking orders. Look for our first drive of the ATS-V to come within the next few weeks.