The excruciating months of testing are finally over and we are getting a new unveiling of the 2017 Cadillac ATS-V version. We have seen it at the Los Angeles Auto show this year and the pictures of it have already swept the net and this time to model is getting an official release date as it is going to be available by the end of this or the beginning of next year. The car is graced with a new aerodynamic body kit and has updated technology on the inside and a V-6 engine as a final touch.
The model made its debut in 2013 and was developed as a luxury car mainly to rival such models as Mercedes Benz C-Class, BMW 3 Series and Audi A4. Two years later, they have managed to extend their lineup in order to include a 2 door coupe version which rivaled the BMW 4 Series models. It had the same kind of engine setup as its sedan version and produced similar specs. As its CTS sibling has already been given a V badge the time has come for the ATS to get one of its own.
This update will push the stylish new vehicle that is the 2017 ATS-V closer to its contention and ultimately makes it a brand new car by all standards. The chassis updated and the aerodynamic features that are include along with the updated and more powerful engine all boast well for the Cadillac ATS-V 2017, but will it be enough to rival the most hardcore cars in this segment. This review may hold some answers.
There are going to be a number of changes for the exterior of the 2017 Cadillac ATS-V version made. The model is going to adopt the CTS-V grille design which was recently made for this car. Thus the ATS-V borrows the mesh piece grille from its brethren and incorporates it in its own design. The grille is also slimmer from the one which is seen on the classic coupe version as it gives us a more aggressive appearance from before. The apron design is also new and it features a tall air dam flanked by revised side intakes. The new appearance also benefits from a carbon-fiber hood and carbon-fiber splitter giving the car an all menacing look.
The back side sees the regular apron being substituted with a diffuser-like piece. The model also gets a four-tailpipe exhaust system which is similar to what we have seen on the current 2017 BMW M4. The added V packages also sees the Cadillac ATS-V updated with some lightweight alloy wheels that have a twin-five-spoke layout. The regular coupe has a standard chrome window but this one gives us the use of some blacked-out ones.
The inside of the 2017 Cadillac ATS-V does not have a lot of improvements seen in the layout compared to the ones made on the outside of the car. We are getting a standard look of the car which the base version had, but they managed to complement the upgraded performance of the car with the added features. The 16-way adjustable Recaro performance front seats are a first indication that this is a performance vehicle and they also come with adjustable bolsters as well. These reaching seats give ultimate support during higher speeds on the racetrack. They also come wrapped in Mulan leather and sueded microfiber inserts.
The cabin is graced with different handcrafted, cut-and-sew elements. It also features some decorative stitching and carbon-fiber inserts to make the interior of the car much different from the standard version. The interior also offers three new color schemes to chose from, Jet Black, Jet Black with Saffron accents, and Light Platinum with Jet Black accents.
The model also gives us some unique technological additions, like the 5.7-inch instrument panel cluster display. This is three window unit which adds distinctive gauge readouts and V-Series graphics. If you decide to go with the Track Package you can get the the Performance Data Recorder which was introduced for the first time in the Corvette Stingray model.
Wheelbase: 109.3 in
Length: 184 in
Width: 71.3 in
Passenger volume: 84 cu ft
Cargo volume: 10,4 cu ft
Curb weight: 3800 lb
Top Speed: 185 mph
0-60: 3,9 sec
MPG: 17/24 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Black Raven, Crystal White Tricoat, Phantom Gray Metallic, Radiant Silver Metallic, Red Obsession Tintcoat and Vector Blue Metallic
Towing Capacity: N/A
This is where the difference between the 2017 Cadillac ATS-V and the CTS-V start in a greater way. The release date is upon us and the drivetrain is confirmed so we are not getting any other extra additions being made and the ATS-V is not going to use the supercharged V-8 engine, seen in the CTS-V, not even as an optional one. Instead it is going to use a 3.6-liter V-6 with twin-turbo power. This enables it to reach a power level of 455 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. You can combine the engine with two gearshift options, the a six-speed manual with Active Rev Match and an eight-speed automatic. It also provides you with a 0-60 mph performance achieved in 3.9 seconds.
Release date and price
The newest model of the 2017 Cadillac ATS-V is going to hit the market pretty soon. The release date sets is already available by the beginning of next year so it is going to be an early start for this upcoming model. The price for this vehicle is around $63,660 , a pretty high number compared to the base MSRP of $37,995 that he base Coupe version has.