If you were looking for an American car to take on the likes of the BMW M3 and M4, look no further. Cadillac announced today that the ATS-V coupe will start at $61,460 and the ATS-V sedan will start at $63,660.
Not surprisingly, those prices just barely undercut the BMW M3 sedan and the BMW M4 coupe. It’s almost like Cadillac was like, “yeah, the M-Series cars are nice, but the ATS-V offers the same package for cheaper.” Yeah, cheaper, by $540 (M3 starts at $62,000, M4 starts at $64,200).
The ATS-V’s sport and luxury combination is a direct threat to its German competitors. It has a twin-turbo V6 that puts out 455 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual with Active Rev Match, or an eight-speed automatic.
That’s good for a 3.9-second 0-60 time and a top speed of 189 mph. The ATS-V also comes with GM’s third-gen Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo brakes, and a variety of additional aero for added downforce.
So, the question remains: Can the Americans compete?