Fast Test: 2016 Cadillac ATS-V

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe
2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

The new ATS-V has little more than half the displacement of the even newer CTS-V. It develops 464 turbocharged horses compared to its brethren’s 640 supercharged Detroit ponies (on two fewer cylinders I might add). It starts at nearly $26,000 less than the CTS-V. There’s clearly a little bro, big brother relationship going on here, and there’s nothing wrong with that. You get the ATS-V when you want a kick-ass Caddy that will run circles around the grocery cart return, and the CTS-V when you’re looking for supercar-beating performance at a fraction of the price. Lil bro is no slouch though. He’ll even catch the neighbourhood bully Mercedes C 63 AMG off guard with a few quick jabs, before running off with its lunch money. Cadillac’s Cue infotainment system isn’t as good as the Merc’s, and it’s missing some of the finer finishing touches (nitpicking here), but in no way does that make the ATS-V any less amazing. Dollar for dollar it (starting at $65K) just might be one of the best buys around.