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Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

 

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Had you attended the European Cadillac ATS-V press conference, you might have observed some wry smiles when Cadillac revealed what it regards as its new coupé’s rivals. There, alongside the Cadillac ATS-V, sat the BMW M4 and Lexus RC F. However, cynics had their doubts dispelled as the conference ran on. As the development processes were explained, the upgrades detailed and the numbers presented, the Cadillac ATS-V really began to appear a viable and serious alternative to an M4.

 

It’s virtually the same size, for starters. Similarly, motive power comes from six force-fed cylinders. Power is sent to an electronically controlled limited-slip differential at the rear, albeit via an eight-speed automatic gearbox only. Alas, there’s no manual ’box for European models. The Cadillac even packs more firepower. Its twin-turbo 3.6-litre V6 deals out 464bhp and 445lb ft, eclipsing the BMW’s 425bhp and 406lb ft. Despite weighing 1768kg, some 81kg more than the M4, it’s also claimed to be quicker. The ATS-V is said to sprint from zero to 62mph in 3.9sec, beating the M4 by 0.2sec.

 

Sure, the interior can’t compete with European rivals. It’s quiet, comfortable and well equipped inside, but thin-feeling materials, dated instruments and finicky touchsensitive controls let it down. The boot may be big, but the rear seats are cramped and side and rearward visibility isn’t too hot, either. However, this all fades into relative insignificance the moment you give the throttle a prod. It sounds remarkably like a more refined Nissan GT-R. It warbles along at part-throttle, but pin the throttle and a sonorous howl fills the cabin as the Cadillac ATS-V surges forward, engine rushing towards its 6500rpm limiter.

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Putting the power down is easy, thanks to the limited-slip diff, finely engineered suspension and an easily modulated throttle. Unfortunately, the eight-speed auto ’box is the weak link in the chain. It’s usually fine when left to its own devices but responds too slowly when you manually command shifts. You discover another demerit when you brake. The Cadillac ATS-V may have staggered six-piston calipers and substantial discs up front, but there’s little feel to the hard, short-travel brake pedal. It’s difficult to correctly meter out braking effort as a result.

 

But the Cadillac ATS-V claws back your admiration in corners. A lightning quick variable-ratio, electrically assisted ZF rack transmits input precisely to the front wheels and serves up adequate feedback and gratifying heft. Grip levels are high and body roll almost nil, allowing you to blow through corners at a vast rate of knots. Alternatively, disengage the traction control and revel in easily controlled power oversteer. Standard-fit MagneRide adaptive suspension offers a firm but fine ride, bolstering the appeal. Those seeking road-based fun rather than outright track performance will find much to like. The charismatic ATS-V feels less treacherous than the highly strung M4 and offers more engagement and theatre at lower speeds. Ultimately, though, the M4 is the superior driver’s car – and let’s not forget its more upmarket interior.

 

 

Cadillac ATS-V coupe specifications

 

Price. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £60,000 (est)
Engine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .V6, 3564cc, twin-turbo, petrol
Power. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 464bhp at 5850rpm
Torque. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 445lb ft at 3500rpm
Kerb weight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1768kg
Gearbox. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-spd automatic
0-62mph. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.9sec
Top speed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .189mph
Economy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24.8mpg (combined)
CO2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .260g/km

 

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