There is no doubt the 2017 Cadillac ATS-V offers a sizzling performance and daily-driver comfort. With strengths such as an all-new status, an impressive handling, a civilized ride, and a formidable acceleration, the new model is undoubtedly a worthy rival to Germany’s established high-performance sedans and coupes. The ATS-V release date should be expected sometime in the second quarter of 2017.
Continuation Of Hostility
The first phase when the ATS-V was attacking Germany’s greatest sport sedans was back in 2004 when the original model had just debut in the market. At first, however, the ATS-V found it difficult to rival German-branded vehicles like the BMW M3 due to the latter’s superiority in agility, nimble and light handling, peach weight, and impressive interior refinement.
Fast forward to 2017 and the top-dog CTS-V is a serious contender in the midsize segment, offering serious rivalry to staid brands like BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi. In fact, it offers even better refinement, stylish looks, and technologies relative to its rivals in the same price range.
One of the most notable strength the ATS-V offers is handling, which is undeniable exceptional relative to other models in its class. Supreme composure is offered by the Magnetic Ride Control adaptive dampers which become particularly useful whenever you’re in need of impressive compliance or when blasting around a racetrack.
V6 Against German Cars
As a general rule, if you’re competing against German rivals, you need to, of course, pack some serious performance under the hood. As such, the new model comes fitted with a 3.6L V6 engine rated at 445 pounds-ft. of torque and 464 horsepower. According to Cadillac, 2017 Cadillac ATS-V 0-60 mph only takes about 3.8 seconds.
Space The Final FLAWntier
On the downside, though, the ATS-V’s diminutive dimensions aren’t as versatile as they are rewarding on the road. The backseat space is very compact and tall passengers in particular will find it uncomfortable. The trunk volume is also modest relative to what the competition offers. Moreover, the CUE interface, according to some, is generally slow and unintuitive at times.
Therefore, it would be wise to check what the competition offers before making the ultimate decision. Some of its alternatives include the Lexus RC-F, the Mercedes-AMG C63, and the BMW M3/M4.
2017 Cadillac ATS-V Trims
The 2017 ATS-V is offered as either a four-passenger sedan or a five-passenger sedan. Both models are offered in a single well-equipped trim model. The 2017 Cadillac ATS review is offered elsewhere on this blog.
2017 Cadillac ATS-V Interior Pictures & Exterior Changes
Standard accessories offered for the ATS-V include keyless entry and ignition, remote ignition, driver and passenger memory settings, a power telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive suspension dampers, eighteen-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, an electronic limited-slip differential, Brembo performance brakes, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming power and heated mirrors, a sport suspension system, a leather upholstery, ambient interior lighting, heated and ventilated front sport seats, automatic wipers and headlights, and carbon-fiber hood.
Additional Electronic Equipment
Electronics offered include the Cadillac User Experience infotainment system, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, OnStar connectivity, an auxiliary audio jack, three USB ports, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, voice controls, a 5.7” color driver information system, wireless phone charging, an SD card slot, an eight-inch central display, a 5.7” color driver information display, and wireless phone charging.
Options available include a 110-V power outlet, carbon-fiber exterior trim, automatic high-beam control, blind-spot monitoring system, additional anti-theft system, 12-speaker Bose surround system, xenon headlights, automatic wipers, forward collision alert and mitigation system, rear side airbags, rear-cross traffic alerts, a heads-up display, additional anti-theft measures, a navigation system, a body-color rear spoiler, and a carbon fiber exterior trim.
2017 Cadillac ATS-V Engine Specs & Fuel Economy
As already mentioned above, a 3.6L V6 is offered beneath the hood of the 2017 Cadillac ATS-V, and is tasked with the responsibility of cranking out 464 horsepower ad 445 pounds-ft. of torque. A choice of two transmission system are offered: an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters and a six-speed manual.
EPA estimates the fuel economy to check in at 16/24/19 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
2017 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan Release Date & Price
Rumors rife within industry circles allege the vehicle will most probably hit dealerships sometime in the second-quarter of 2017. As for the 2017 Cadillac ATS-V price, the same sources quote the price at an MSRP of $62,665 for the Coupe, and $60,465 for the Sedan.