2016 Cadillac ATS-V 0-60 MPH Review: A Fast and Fun Caddy with a Big Engine [Video]

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

When the GM engineers planted a twin-turbo V6 with a high and mighty output of 464 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque in its small coupe or sedan, it brought the Cadillac ATS-V into territory shared with the BMW M3/M4 and Mercedes AMG C63. Comfortably adept when driven as a luxury car on the street or attacking the turns on a race track, the ATS-V is not to be taken lightly.

Power is sent to the rear wheels via a short throw 6-speed manual or quick-shifting 8-speed automatic. The steel and aluminum chassis has been stiffened with a shock tower brace, V-shaped braces under the hood, and a stronger rocker bulkhead and rear cradle-to-rocker braces. The ATS-V’s agility and refined road manners are the result of a computer controlled suspension, advanced magnetic dampers and a Performance Traction Management (PTM) system.

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

Inside the car are optional Recaro leather and suede seats that hold its passengers snugly. The flowing center stack is finished in piano black and has a secret hideaway compartment. The Cadillac Cue infotainment system is frustrating to operate and is especially user-unfriendly without proper buttons to push and knobs to turn.

Cadillac claims the sporty upstart can accomplish zero to sixty mph in 3.9 seconds and race to a top speed of 189 mph. In this video, Roman tests the Cadillac ATS-V 0-60 mph performance one mile above sea level.

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Specs:

  • Engine: 3.6L twin turbocharged V6
  • Power: 464 hp @ 5850 rpm
  • Torque: 445 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual
  • EPA-estimated fuel economy (city/hwy): 17 / 23 mpg (manual)
  • Drivetrain layout: front engine, rear-wheel drive
  • Curb weight: 3700 lbs. (estimated)