SPEED NEWS June 2016

Speed News Magazine - The Official Magazine of the National Auto Sport Association

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A t the last Track Days event with the Motor Press Guild, factory Cadillac driver Johnny O'Connell was giving rides in the ATS-V sedan, and the list of those waiting to get a ride with him was longer than the one for people who wanted to drive the car themselves. We only had so much time, so we had to forgo a ride-along with O'Connell and come back later after he had left, when the car would be available for journalists to drive. We would have felt like we missed out — and all things considered, we probably did — but the ATS-V sedan was such a treat to drive that it was a reward in itself. Approach the car from any angle and it certainly looks the part of a performance sedan. Honeycomb grilles, bulging hood, big brakes, four polished exhaust tips and wide rubber. We seldom comment CADILLAC ATS-V SEDAN C A R C O R N E R PHOTOS COURTESY OF FORD MOTOR COMPANY on aesthetics, but we think it looks better than the CTS-V. The dimensions are more compact than the CTS-V, and the whole package just looks tighter. We were a little disappointed that the car wasn't fitted with some iteration of GM's ever- capable LS V8, because it would certainly fit under the hood. In its place, Cadillac installed a twin-turbo V6 that cranks out 464 horsepower at 5,850 rpm and 445 pound- feet of torque at 3,500 rpm. The engine itself is not new. GM has been using the 3.6-liter mill in various front- and rear- wheel-drive models for more than a decade, but this is the first time it has been fitted with a twin turbo on any GM application. So, no, it's not a V8 and any disappointment we might have felt dissipated the moment we matted the throttle. For performance applications, this engine is the 26

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