Cadillac ATS-V Coupe.
2019 Cadillac ATS-V
RWD: A Caddy with a hot-rod heart.
Price: $79,360 as
tested. $61,595 for the trim level; $5,000 for the Carbon Fiber
Package, which adds a lightweight hood splitter and vent, rear
diffuser, spoiler, and composite rocker extensions; $2,150 for the
Safety and Security Package, which adds a huge list of safety items,
$1,500 for the performance data recorder. More mentioned throughout.
“Track capable. Road ready.”
Edmunds likes the “excellent steering and handling capabilities”
and “abundant power” but not that the “back seat and trunk are
small” and the “ride might be too punishing.”
Reality: Take your
Cadillac to the track? As if.
What it is: Not your
Granddaddy’s Cadillac, that’s for sure. This small hot rod looks
more like an Acura than any Cadillac should dare. It only comes with
rear-wheel drive, which makes it tremendous for the track and for
handling on the road, but is kind of limiting overall.
factor is that it’s only a two-door coupe. Better than a
two-seater, but still.
On the road: Make no
mistake, the Cadillac ATS-V is all about the fun. There is not an
ounce of plushness on this European sports sedan fighter. (And there
wasn’t for the 2018, which is the model year tested.)
Corners can be
handled with a bit of a slide, but not as much as the Alfa Romeo
Giulia offers. Winding roads are equally fun, and the ATS-V just
hugs the curves — the car will skid sideways into the ditch before
a driver ever feels a bit of lean or roll. (I presume.)
As for Edmunds’
“punishing ride” comment, even though I am becoming soft in my
old age, the ATS-V didn’t feel worse than any other track
Up to speed: The
3.6-liter twin turbo V-6 definitely gets the heart racing. Sixty
miles per hour comes in 3.8 seconds thanks to 464 horses, according
The various drive
modes available don’t seem to make that great a difference in
Shifty: So sad that I
didn’t get the 6-speed stick to test out. The 8-speed automatic in
the test vehicle came at an additional cost of $2,000, but it’s
actually better for the track these days. Mere mortals just can’t
keep up with the speed of today’s track stars.
through the lever or paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The ATS-V
is plenty of fun in either mode.
Driver’s Seat: The
driving position and comfort were just right. The Recaro
high-performance seats ($2,300) offer plenty of grip in the sides
and all around. The velvety covering will probably feel a bit
toasty, especially since ventilation did not come in the test
Friends and stuff:
First off, the ATS-V is a two-door, so that means putting people in
the back is just kind of cruel. Once back there, the fit is snug,
although personally I enjoy the feeling of not worrying about doors
opening. Now if I could just find someone to chauffeur me around.
Cargo space is a tiny
10.3 cubic feet.
Play some tunes: The
Bose Surround Sound stereo came as part of the $2,500 Luxury
Package, which also included LED headlights, navigation, and split
rear folding seat.
Sound from the system
was impressive, about an A. Operation of the Cadillac interface has
gotten a little easier over the years, but the slider volume and
HVAC controls remain an unfavorite.
Play loud tunes:
Those tunes you play will need to be on the loud side — the buzzy
ATS-V exhaust note is always rumbling behind you, no matter which
mode you’re in. It actually gets a little annoying after a while.
Looking out: The rear
view has become heavily compromised in many cars these days, but the
ATS seems even harder to see out of than most. Large door pillars
and the location of the seat combine to make lane changes very
rear camera on the test model had an intermittent slowdown, like
when laptop wheezes while loading internet pages.
Night shift: A little
hard to see but not terrible. Interior lights are subtle lighting
Fuel economy: I
averaged about 21 mpg in a heavy-footed week of driving. Feed the
twin turbos only the best, please.
Where it’s built:
How it’s built:
Consumer Reports predicts the ATS (no V) reliability to be a 1 out
of 5, and the same for 2016, with no reports in between.
In the end: Giulia
fun, but at Cadillac prices. If you’re not on the track, it’s
really far more than you need. I guess pick the dealer with the
comfier chairs and better coffee in the service department, because
you’ll be visiting a lot either way.