Cadillac Is About To Sucker Punch BMW And It's Going To Be Awesome

Rumor / Comments

A punch right to the gut is more like it.

It's no secret that Cadillac wants to steal BMW's thunder. And Audi's, and Mercedes-AMG's. It won't be easy but the new ATS-V and CTS-V appear to be up for the challenge. But how does Cadillac take things a step further? We already knew that a CTS-V+ is in development, and now Motor Trend is reporting what's planned for the smaller, but equally potent, ATS-V+. The ATS itself was designed from the get-go to have a V8; we just didn't know which V8 would be chosen.

MT claims the 7.0-liter LS7 V8 used in the Camaro Z/28 and Corvette C6 Z06 is once again being called up for duty here. That means a naturally aspirated V8, instead of the supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V8 as previously rumored, will rest under the ATS-V+'s hood. We're not at all complaining. That hand-built engine produces a total of 505 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque. For comparison, the ATS-V currently has 464 hp and 445 lb-ft from its twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6. More than likely, the LS7 will be paired up with an eight-speed automatic gearbox as well as a seven-speed manual. A dual-clutch option will arrive later on. Expect the ATS-V+ to arrive sometime next year.

Cadillac
These Are The Best Sounding Cars On The Planet
These Are The Best Sounding Cars On The Planet
Now Is The Time To Buy An Original Porsche Boxster
Now Is The Time To Buy An Original Porsche Boxster
Cadillac
Richard Prince/Chevrolet
Source Credits: wot.motortrend.com

Join The Discussion

Gallery

4
Photos
Back
To Top