The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan Manual is a surprising vehicle meant to go up against the likes of the European sport sedan kings such as the BMW M3 and the Mercedes Benz AMG C43/C63. With ever increasing demand for M3s and C63s in the US, Caddie had no choice but to step up and try to provide for the need. While sales are still overshadowed by the European kings, the ATS-V is still a very decent competitor that has a lot of potential.
The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan Manual Shows Potential
The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan Manual looks like any Cadillac but more aggressive with a slightly sleeker shape but retaining the boxy, angular signature Caddie look. Up front it looks classy but there’s no hiding that hood scoop and large air dam and front splitter. At the sides, the boxy silhouette is broken up by a C pillar that looks like it came from other manufacturer’s drawing board. It looks sleek and aggressive at this point and returns to being a Cadillac once you see the classic Caddie lights out back; which is then broken up by the presence of quad exhaust tips. Under the hood is a 3.6Liter twin turbo V6 which puts out 464hp and 445lb-ft of torque. The powertrain is topped by a beautiful 6-Speed manual gearbox which adds intimacy to the drive than faster yet more-detached-to-the-experience feel of modern automatics with paddle shits. The whole powertrain is finished off by a classic rear wheel drive setup.
On the inside of the 2016 ATS-V Sedan Manual, while not entirely luxurious as it’s more of a sporty or performance oriented vehicle, the interior offers good quality but has a few inconsistencies. The CUE infotainment system is as incohesive as ever, the switchgear on the cockpit lacks the performance aesthetics as it looks like it’s borrowed from a family sedan. One major downside for a sedan like this from Cadillac is that the rear seats are surprisingly cramped, the legroom is very limited to less than average-sized adults.
Driving performance of the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan Manual is amazing. The magnetic dampers offer a lot of dynamics and the punchy V6 with the twins propel the car with ease and the rear end is quite cooperative while delivering fun when cornering; absolutely superb. Minor complaints include the neutered sound of the growling V6 due to the turbos but power is power; can’t complain about that.
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