America’s response to the dominance of European sport sedans, the 2018 Cadillac ATS-V provides an impressive mix of efficiency, convenience and style. It’s a welcome alternative to the high-performance coupes and sedans from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. You’ll need to make peace with the ATS-V’s few characteristics, however the thrills exceed the defects, specifically for the rate.
2018 Cadillac ATS-V Engine
Blessed with the inherently great bones of Cadillac’s sharp-handling base ATS, the high-performance ATS-V– available as both coupe and sedan– ratchets up the car’s ability a number of notches with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, beefy brakes, and a trick suspension that constantly adapts in split seconds to altering road surface areas (Cadillac calls it Magnetic Ride Control). This suspension offers the ATS-V exceptional control at the racetrack, however also impressive comfort on regular roads and highways. It’s easily the sharpest and most agile car in its class.
The 464-horsepower V6 engine generates absurd power for a car of this size, and it comes paired with a six-speed handbook or an eight-speed automatic transmission. Power streams to the rear wheels only, another characteristic that will talk to the lover driver’s heart. In our testing, the ATS-V sprinted from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds, yet it still accomplishes EPA-estimated fuel economy of 20 mpg combined.
2018 Cadillac ATS-V Interior
Capable and fast, the ATS-V compromises some function with its neat cabin measurements, cramped rear seats and little trunk. We’ve likewise discovered its touchscreen tech interface (called CUE) sluggish and uncomfortable compared to the competitors, although a new-generation system in this 2018 model may correct that.
2018 Cadillac ATS-V Competition
Naturally, the competitors is stiff, however we’re pleased to see the ATS-V hold its own versus its BMW M3 and M4 and Mercedes-AMG C 63 rivals.