2016 Cadillac ATS-V Video

Cadillac wants to battle its luxury competitors — especially BMW — on every front. The 450-horsepower ATS-V coupe and sedan are its attempt to unseat the German brand's M3 and M4 from atop of the performance luxury heap. Kelsey Mays takes a look at the terrible twosome from the floor of the Los Angeles Auto Show in this video.

By David Thomas | November 20, 2014 | Comments (1)

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Photo Gallery (26 Photos)

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The updated exterior style of the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V sedan and coupe — both making their debut now at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show — goes a long way toward injecting some magic into the meh of their predecessors. V-Series flourishes like flared fenders, aggressive-looking front- and rear-end style and additional performance flourishes flirt with the line between elegant and ostentatious.

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That aesthetic extends to the interior, as well, with a faux-suede-wrapped steering wheel and shifter and optional 16-way-adjustable and microfiber-covered Recaro performance seats. That's in addition to a Performance Data Recorder that captures high-definition video of the forward view for a post-race self-critique right on the car’s multimedia touch-screen.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 19, 2014 | Comments (3)

2016 Cadillac ATS-V: Up Close

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The ATS-V coupe marks when the Cadillac ATS lineup found its look. To me, the regular ATS sedan is decent looking but not as interesting as the current- or previous-generation CTS sedan. As for Cadillac coupes, I've been hard to please. The regular one is too bland, though I've also criticized the CTS coupe as going too far - slab-sided, and with a rear end that's also a bit slabby and whose boat-tail shape is trying too hard.

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The V-Series treatment certainly makes the new 2016 ATS-V sedan look more interesting, but it's on the ATS-V coupe where the flared fenders, more aggressive nose and tail, and the various cooling and aerodynamic changes bring the canvas of blandness to life.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | November 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Cadillac ATS-V: First Look

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Competes with: BMW M4, Audi RS 5, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, Lexus RC F

Looks like: Just the right amount of subtleness and intimidation for a performance-focused ATS

Drivetrain: 455-hp (estimated), twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 engine with six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Spring 2015

The Cadillac ATS-V is a high-performance version of the luxury brand's compact car, the ATS. Available in four-seat coupe or five-seat sedan form beginning next spring, the 2016 ATS-V is powered by a twin-turbo V-6 engine and has been extensively modified for better track performance.

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By Mike Hanley | November 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 L.A. Auto Show: What to Expect

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If you like luxury vehicles, SUVs or sports cars — and even luxury SUVs that perform like sports cars — you're gonna love the lineup of debuts at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Organizers say there will be 60 premieres, 30 of them global and nearly two-thirds will be luxury and performance offerings.

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Set to bow at the 107-year-old event — the last major auto show of the calendar year and the first of the new auto-show season — are a host of SUVs, from compact crossovers to midsize models. Performance coupes, convertibles and sedans also abound from automakers ranging from Scion to Cadillac.

And perhaps fitting for the Southern California city famed for its air of affluence, nearly half of the anticipated entrees on our list of what to watch for are from luxury automakers. Among those are SUVs and sports cars from the likes of Audi and BMW. Moreover, during the Connected Car Expo on Nov. 18, Volvo's "Drive Me" autonomous vehicle will make its North American debut, at which time executives will discuss the automaker's driverless technology.

Here's what we'll be looking for as Cars.com covers the L.A. auto show from the event floor:

By Matt Schmitz | November 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

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By Matt Schmitz | October 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Cadillac ATS Review

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"The 2015 Cadillac ATS sedan remains as compelling a sport sedan as GM has ever made, but issues with the interior diminish its appeal versus the heavy-hitting German competition," said Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Check out Mays' review for more.

2015 Cadillac ATS Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | October 13, 2014 | Comments (6)

2015 Cadillac ATS: Car Seat Check

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When last we tested the Cadillac ATS two years ago, we took note of how its large backseat would help make the compact luxury sedan attractive to family shoppers. But we also noted that they'd have to be willing to face some frustrating car-seat installation. The ATS returns for 2015 in a somewhat better position to carry precious cargo — though, unfortunately, some of that old baggage has returned with it.

In the "new-and-improved" column is the addition of a coupe body style to the model's lineup, as well as revised front-end styling punctuated by the redesigned Cadillac crest. That's in addition to a healthy torque boost of 35 pounds-feet to its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for a total of 295 pounds-feet at nearly double the rpm. For our purposes, removable head restraints and reduced interference by seat bolsters were also pluses. In the other column, however, the return of those Latch anchors buried in a hard-to-reach spot in the leather seats was an unwelcome one.

Check out Car Seat Check below for our full assessment.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | September 23, 2014 | Comments (2)

Cadillac to Debut ATS-V at November's L.A. Auto Show

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The L.A. Times reports that Cadillac will debut a high-performance version of its compact ATS sedan at November's 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, with a go-fast ATS coupe to follow. 

Dubbed the ATS-V, the car will reportedly get the twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 from the CTS V-Sport, which makes 420 horsepower and 430 pounds-feet of torque. Given that the ATS sedan is still at least 200 pounds lighter than its CTS sibling with the same engine, the ATS-V should be one quick car. It would target BMW's redesigned M3/M4, which boasts 425 hp and 406 pounds-feet of torque.

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Expect a CTS-V to debut at January's 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit; both the ATS-V and CTS-V will go on sale in 2015. Media days for November's L.A. show, which traditionally kicks off the U.S. auto-show circuit, are Nov. 18-20, so stay tuned for our up-close impressions of the ATS-V. In the meantime, click here to read more about Cadillac's forthcoming performers from our friends at the L.A. Times.

The photo above is of a 2013 ATS with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. 

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Kelsey Mays | August 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 124,000 GM Cars, Crossovers

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Vehicles Affected: More than 124,000 GM vehicles, including model-year 2013-14 Buick Encore crossovers and Cadillac ATS cars; 2014 Cadillac CTS and ELR cars; 2014 Chevrolet Caprice and SS cars; and 2014-15 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks

The Problem: Due to an incomplete weld on the seat hook bracket assembly, the front seats in the affected vehicles may not stay secured in place during a high-load condition such as a crash, increasing the risk of an injury. We first reported on this issue on July 23.

The Fix: GM will begin notifying owners late this month, and dealers will inspect the seat hook bracket assembly weld and, if necessary, replace the lower seat track for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Buick at 800-521-7300, Cadillac at 800-458-8006, Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 and GMC at 800-462-8782. They can also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

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