America’s answer to the dominance of European sport sedans, the 2018 Cadillac ATS-V provides an impressive mix of performance, comfort and style. It’s a welcome alternative to the high-performance coupes and sedans from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. You’ll need to make peace with the ATS-V’s couple of characteristics, however the delights exceed the flaws, particularly for the price.
2018 Cadillac ATS-V Engine
Blessed with the naturally great bones of Cadillac’s sharp-handling base ATS, the high-performance ATS-V– readily available as both coupe and sedan– ratchets up the car’s capability several notches with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, beefy brakes, and a trick suspension that continuously adjusts in microseconds to altering roadway surfaces (Cadillac calls it Magnetic Ride Control). This suspension offers the ATS-V exceptional control at the racetrack, but also impressive convenience on typical roads and highways. It’s quickly the sharpest and most nimble car in its class.
The 464-horsepower V6 engine creates unreasonable power for a car of this size, and it comes paired with a six-speed handbook or an eight-speed automatic transmission. Power streams to the rear wheels only, another particular that will talk to the lover chauffeur’s heart. In our screening, the ATS-V ran from absolutely no to 60 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds, yet it still attains EPA-estimated fuel economy of 20 mpg integrated.
2018 Cadillac ATS-V Interior
Capable and quick, the ATS-V compromises some function with its tidy cabin dimensions, cramped rear seats and little trunk. We’ve also discovered its touchscreen tech interface (called CUE) sluggish and awkward compared to the competitors, although a new-generation system in this 2018 model may remedy that.
2018 Cadillac ATS-V Competition
Naturally, the competitors is stiff, but we’re pleased to see the ATS-V hold its own versus its BMW M3 and M4 and Mercedes-AMG C 63 rivals.