Cadillac’s new BMW M3/M4 fighter, the ATS-V, demands $61,460 of your simoleans

Cadillac’s undoubtedly having an exciting year, not from just the reveal of the all-new third generation CTS-V, but also because America’s top brass finally revealed their first-ever true competitor to the BMW M3 and M4 duet.

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But in order for one to acquire this BMW competitor, one will have to dolly up at least $61,460 for the M3-fighting ATS-V sedan, not including options, registration, and other hidden fees required to land the car in your driveway. For the coupe, you’ll need to set aside some additional funds to meet the $63,660 purchase price.

For that, you get an ATS with Cadillac’s bonkers 3.6L twin-turbo V6 with 455hp and 445 lb-ft of twist, mated to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. You also get intense Brembo clamps, Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control suspension, launch control, and more.

Check out the press release for more info below.

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Cadillac Opens Ordering for 2016 ATS-V
Dual-purpose performance luxury compact designed for the track, touring
2015-02-10

DETROIT – Cadillac dealers have begun accepting orders for the 2016 ATS-V – the brand’s inaugural luxury compact performance car starting production this spring.

Available in sedan and coupe forms, the twin-turbocharged ATS-V offers a dual-purpose luxury performance experience: a car with true track capability straight from the factory with sophisticated road manners.

Powered by the segment’s highest-output six-cylinder engine – the Cadillac Twin Turbo rated at 455 horsepower (339 kW) and 445 lb-ft of torque (603 Nm) – the ATS-V achieves 0-60 performance in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 189 mph. The Cadillac Twin Turbo engine is backed by a six-speed manual – with Active Rev Match, no-lift shifting and launch control – or a paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission featuring launch control and Performance Algorithm Shift.

“The V-Series is the ultimate expression of Cadillac’s re-ignited product substance and the passion at the core of our brand,” said Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac president.

“The ATS-V expands the V-Series lineup, bringing a new kind of performance character to Cadillac. Lightweight, agile and potent, the ATS-V will make an ideal pairing with the larger and even more powerful all-new 2016 CTS-V midsize sedan, which arrives later this summer,” he said.

In the U.S., the 2016 ATS-V sedan carries a starting price of $61,460 and the ATS-V coupe is priced from $63,660. Consumers can order ATS-Vs now through dealers and begin specifying their own ATS-V online at www.cadillac.com in April.

Additional performance technologies built into the ATS-V include:
– Brembo high-performance brake system developed for track-day performance capability straight from the factory
– Third-generation Magnetic Ride Control, which delivers 40 percent faster damping response
– Integrated chassis controls that provide balanced performance for touring and the track, including class-exclusive Performance Traction Management
– Tri-compound tires offering excellent grip with extended tire wear
– Available downforce-generating track aerodynamics package
– Standard carbon fiber hood

An available Performance Data Recorder allows drivers to record high-definition video, with data overlays, of their driving experiences on and off the track, enabling sharing on social media.

More than just a desirable road car, the ATS-V will also become Cadillac’s entrant into the world of motorsports. Even before the new car hits the showroom, Cadillac Racing’s new ATS-V.R racecar will begin the Pirelli World Challenge GT 2015 season March 7-8 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Cadillac Racing is the three-time defending manufacturer’s and driver’s champion in the series, which features legendary marques such as Audi, Ferrari and Porsche.

The ATS-V will be assembled at the Lansing Grand River assembly plant in Michigan.

Editors’ note: Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment.

Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. Today, Cadillac is growing globally, driven by an expanding product portfolio featuring dramatic design and technology. More information on Cadillac appears at www.cadillac.com. Cadillac’s media website with information, images and video can be found at media.cadillac.com.


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Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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