To the list of things that make me happy, I’d like to add:
Yes, this is the first time a Cadillac has ever made it onto this exclusive list. Usually the mere mention of the word “Cadillac” causes me to shrug and think of all the ways I’d like to customize my Audi.
The ATS-V, though, has managed to awaken something in my soul and has become a car I simply must experience.
The 2016 ATS-V is capable of an obscene 185 mph, delivered from its 455-hp 3.6-liter V6 twin-turbo engine. It’ll be available with either a 6-speed manual (yes, please!) or an 8-speed automatic. In addition to its blistering top speed, it can zip off the starting line to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds.
Those are numbers that would make BMW proud, yet this is a Cadillac! This is the same carmaker that makes lumbering land yachts and luxurious transport for retirees. Cadillac doesn’t build race cars. The ATS-V, though, would be happier on a track than it would navigating city streets. This is a car that’s lighter and faster than the BMW M3.
If driving dynamics hold up to the expectations promised by these numbers, a U.S. carmaker may have finally unseated the Germans as kings of performance.
The ATS-V should be a preview of what else is to come from Cadillac, and for the first time, I await with bated breath.
For more American performance, I now direct your attention to the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT350. Our friends at Car & Driver said,
We still don’t know exactly how many horses the GT350 makes or how high it will rev; Ford says only to expect more than 500 horsepower, and the show car’s tachometer has a redline of about 8200 rpm. We still don’t know how much it weighs, when it will hit showrooms, or what it will cost when it does. But we do know this: It’s a knockout. It’s stunning visually, aurally, and emotionally.
Here’s what it sounds like crushing Ford’s test track. I can’t wait to hear it push the limits of that 8,200-rpm redline.
Which car is more your style, the new Cadillac ATS-V or the new Shelby GT350?