FINALLY! The cover has been lifted off of the ATS-V coupe, as it is now in the final development stages, and boy, is it a looker!
The example we see here was spotted by an eagle-eyed photographer at an undisclosed location, and we now know what the final product will look like. That Buick-ish grille that we’ve been seeing for the last year or so is gone, too, and as it turned out, was nothing more than a decoy to throw all of the Caddy fans for a loop. Unless, it was a Buick we were seeing… GN, anybody?
Road & Track just broke the story a few minutes ago, and given your author’s (and GM EFI as a whole) infatuation with Cadillac’s line of V-series cars, hopefully they will understand us sharing their story.
According to the rumor mill, the baby Caddy is packing the same twin-turbo V6 mill as found in the CTS VSport (not the actual full-tilt V). Although rated at 420 hp in the midsize, midlevel sport sedan, we can’t help but wonder (and hope) that the ATS-V will feature a pumped-up version of that engine – hopefully in the ballpark of 450 hp, or so.
Remember this is the smaller, lightweight, baby ATS, and with 450 tune-happy horsepower and the blip of the throttle, it should make for one series machine. Throw in the apparent and obligatory massive Brembo brakes, Nurburgring-tuned suspension, and a low restriction exhaust system (equipped with quad tips, apparently), and you’ll have yourself a wicked time pretty much anywhere you go!
Rick Seitz is the owner and founder of GMEFI Magazine, and has a true love and passion for all vehicles. When he isn’t tuning, testing, or competing with the brand’s current crop of project vehicles, he’s busy tinkering and planning the next modifications for his own cars.