August 4, 2021

Cadillac has had a lot of success with the CTS-V and decided they needed something to compete with the BMW M3, Mercedez C63, and the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. Cadillac decided to let the ATS-V take on the task. The starting price tag of almost seventy thousand dollars and having an average interior is the ultimate downfall and probably the reason why this performance car is barely spoken about. After driving some of the ATS-V’s competitors I myself got a little curious and decided to see for myself what these Caddys are about and if they can even compete with its German rivals. If you love performance cars and the interior quality isn’t a deal-breaker, we at FastMint highly recommend this V as an honorable choice. Now that the ATS is no more i’m looking forward to what the next generation V has to offer.

Price

6 Speed Manual $68,790

8 Speed Automatic $70,790

Horsepower and MPG

Twin-turbo 3.6L V-6 464 hp and 445 ft-tq

16 city and 23 mpg highway

Available transmissions

Six-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission

Weight

3803 lbs

Color Options

Black Raven, Velocity RED, Bronze Sand Metallic, Satin Steel Metallic ($625), Wave Metallic ($625), Crystal White Tricoat ($1,225)

Interior Color Options

  • Jet Black, Leather w/Sueded Microfiber Inserts, and Seatbacks
  • Light Platinum w/Jet Black Seatbacks, Leather Seats w/Sueded Microfiber Inserts and Seatbacks
  • Jet Black w/Saffron Inserts, Leather seat w/Sueded Microfiber Inserts and Seatbacks

Performance

The ATS-V’s performance is where this car truly shines. GM rates this V’s 3.6L TwinTurbo V-6 LF4 motor at 464 horsepower and 445-pound feet of torque to the crank. When dynoed ATS-V’s have been known to put down 396 whp and 396 wtq. Going 0-60 in 3.9 seconds and completing the quarter-mile at a 12.22 at 115 mph stock are great times, but when you compare the $70,000 ATS-V to the MK5 Toyota Supra, the Supra achieves the same times starting at a far less starting price point at $50,000. Like most forced induction cars people expected to come out with some great gains when modifying their motors, but I don’t think many expected the numbers they would receive with minimal modifications with the LF4 power plant. With downpipes intake and tune the ATS-V puts down an impressive 531whp and 526 wtq. That’s putting this Caddy around the 600 crank horsepower mark.  With the ATS-V only being out since 2017 people are already running low ten second quarter miles as well. If that’s not fast enough and you have an extra $10,000. laying around you can always pick up a Renick performance turbo kit that has a set of Borg-Warner BW6758’s turbos giving you the leap to 1,000 horsepower mark. The transmission is the same 8 speed from the corvette and shifts almost instantaneous and gives you more consistent times compared to the 6-speed manual. Having a manual transmission available is great for the enthusiast that enjoy shifting gears.

DRIVE MODES

The ATS-V has four driver-selectable drive modes that change the feedback from the steering wheel as well as the stability control. Traction and ride stiffness will adjust to what drive mode you’re into.  

Tour- exhaust quiet

Sport- – faster throttle response, louder exhaust note and stiffens the suspension

Track- (sub-modes) Wet, Rain, Sport 1, Sport 2, and Race

Snow/Ice- exhaust quiet

Suspension

Based on the alpha platform that the Camaro is built off of the ATS-V feels solid and doesn’t just make you feel comfortable in only a straight line. When compared to the 3 series I personally think the ATS-V is the better handling vehicle, but it is stiffer. When you take the all stability controls off you never fully feel like you’ve lost complete control of the car if you decided to spin some tires. Cadillac hails the ATS-V as the best handling Cadillac and even trumps the CTS-V.

Fuel economy

When driving the ATS-V around I got the fuel economy I would expect from a vehicle with this power. It’s rated at 16 city and 23 mpg highway, but I actually got 24 on the highway. If you have a heavy foot expect closer to 12 in the city and 20 mpg on the freeway.

Safety features 

  • Daytime running lamps
  • Airbags, dual-stage frontal, knee and seat-mounted side-impact for driver and front passenger; head-curtain for all outboard seating positions with rollover protection (Always use seat belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner’s Manual for more information.)
  • Airbag, Passenger Sensing System sensor indicator inflatable restraint, front passenger/child presence detector (Always use seat belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner’s Manual for more information.)
  • OnStar and Cadillac connected services capable (Fleet orders receive a 3-month trial. Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details, and system limitations. Services vary by model.)
  • Cadillac Connected Access with 10 years of standard connectivity which enables services such as, Vehicle Diagnostics, Dealer Maintenance Notification, Cadillac Smart Driver, Marketplace, and more (Limitations apply. Not transferable. Standard connectivity is available to the original purchaser for ten years from the date of initial vehicle purchase for the model year 2018 or newer Cadillac vehicles. See onstar.com for details and further plan limitations. Connected Access does not include emergency or security services. Availability and additional services enabled by Connected Access are subject to change.)
  • Front and Rear Park Assist
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Teen Driver configurable feature that lets you activate customizable vehicle settings associated with a key fob, to encourage safe driving behavior. It can limit certain vehicle features, and it prevents certain safety systems from being turned off. An in-vehicle report card gives you information on driving habits and helps you to continue to coach your new driver
  • Seat belts, 3-point, all positions include front seat belt pretensioners
  • Seat belts, 3-point, rear, all seating positions (Outboard seating positions only.)
  • Child seat restraint system, rear-facing
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren), for child restraint seats
  • Trunk emergency release handle
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • StabiliTrak, an electronic stability control system

Interior

Well, this is where all my disappointment has been really poured in this car. Let’s start off positive with me saying I love the Recaro seats even with them costing an extra $2,300. I couldn’t get this vehicle without them. To me its the only thing really appealing to me in the entire cabin. The seats are 18-way adjustable to help keep you comfortable and hold you to the seat which instantly brought me back to my BMW driving days. The Adjustable bolsters are great to help accommodate people with wider bodies and the multiple adjustments will help the seat fit you like a glove, but it is stiff so it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. With GM’s being my first couple of cars it still shows that even though GM has been catching up to the Germans the ATS-V shows exactly why GM still has inferior interiors. All the buttons feel cheap and compared to other performance vehicles that even have a cheaper price tag have gauges that make me feel like the designer of the ATS-V gauge pod should be ashamed of themselves. People are paying $70,000 the least they could have done was give its customers some fancy gauges to give it more of a premium gauge look. When it comes to storage there aren’t a lot of places and things like the glove box are a little on the small side, but most people that are looking at a performance car don’t really mind so I’ll let General Motors slide with this. The dash has some stitching and GM did try to liven it up, but they still didn’t get things right and still looks dated when comparing it to other cars in its price range. When it comes to the rear seating it has about the same space as a 3 series BMW and if you’re over 5’10 expect for things to get a little cramped.  Rear seat air vents and charging ports help make the people in the rear not completely left out with features.  

Packages

Safety and Security Package $1800

  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert1
  • Following Distance Indicator1
  • Forward Collision Alert1
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert1
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning1
  • Head-Up Display
  • Rainsense™ Wipers
  • IntelliBeam®
  • Shielded theft-deterrent alarm system with a dedicated power source
  • Inclination sensor
  • Locking fuel door
  • Steering column lock
  • Locking wheel lugs
  • May require additional optional equipment

Luxury Package $2,100

  • Cadillac user experience®1 with navigation2
  • Sport alloy pedals
  • High-Intensity Headlamps
  • Universal Home Remote

Cadillac user experience and navigation $1,350

  • Cadillac user experience1 with navigation2 and 8″ diagonal multi-touch color screen
  • Bose® Centerpoint® Surround Sound 12-speaker audio system
  • 110V power outlet

Pedestal Edition $8300

  • Luxury Package
  • Carbon Fiber Package
  • Body-color, non-illuminated door handles
  • Recaro® performance seats
  • Performance data and video recorder
  • Gloss Black DLO moldings
  • Black chrome surround grille
  • 18″ After Midnight painted alloy wheels
  • Red Brembo® calipers
  • Requires exterior color Bronze Sand Metallic and interior color Jet Black with Light Wheat inserts

infotainment

The sound out of the ATS-V won’t disappoint you, but the infotainment looks outdated. You get an 8-inch display that sinks into the dash which makes the ATS-V look inferior when compared to its competitors. The newest automotive display styling that gives of the floating appeal would have looked amazing. That display could have greatly increased the sexiness of the interior, but GM is always late to the party. Even though the Infotainment looks outdated the operating system flows well and gives me everything that I need in a system. I can’t live without Android Auto and the ATS-V has that as well as Apple CarPLay which allows you to have connected apps and giving you hands-free usage. The voice recognition worked well, but I’m not that tech-savvy so I typically just used the touchscreen. When it comes to the sound you have your choice of an eight or ten-speaker set up. Both speaker systems are manufactured by BOSE and you can’t go wrong with either setup because they both have a rich and full sound, but if you’re like me and enjoy the music bumping the 10 speaker system is the one to go with.

Warranty

4 yr/50,000 mile basic 

6 yr/70,000 mile powertrain

Automotive Test Drives

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