According to the Los Angeles Times, Cadillac has confirmed that the high-performance ATS-V Sedan will debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. This comes as no surprise, as we all knew this hopped-up sedan was on its way, it is just nice to finally know when we’ll get to see it.
Though the specifics on the M3 fighter are still under wraps, industry rumblings say that it will feature the same, 3.6-liter, twin-turbo V-6 as the CTS Vsport. In the Vsport, this engine pushes out 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque, but don’t be shocked to see a slight increase in horsepower in the ATS-V.
In the CTS Vsport, this engine affords the sedan a 0-to-60-mph sprint time of just 4.4 seconds, but we expect a significant improvement when it’s dropped into the ATS’ body, thanks to a roughly 300-pound swing in the favor of the smaller ATS. Additionally, the ATS-V will likely have some weight-saving technology that may widen that gap.
The ATS-V’s main rival, the M3, produces 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque from its turbocharged, 3.0-liter, I-6 engine. This power travels through a standard six-speed manual or an optional dual-clutch automatic on its way to the rear wheels. With the manual, the M3 can hit 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds, while the dual-clutch trans knocks that time down to 3.9 seconds.
Needless to say, the ATS-V has some serious work ahead of it if it wants to keep pace with the M3, but that turbocharged V-6 is a nice place to start. We’ll learn more at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which opens to us media folk on November 19, 2014.
Expect to see Cadillac’s M4 fighter, the ATS-V Coupe, debut some time in 2015.