Cadillac readies powerful new 2014 ATS-V twin turbo engine
Is Cadillac preparing the 2014 ATS-V? Cadillac recently surprised a lot of enthusiasts by announcing it will be installing a new twin turbo engine in the 2014 CTS which will be unveiled this coming week at the New York Auto Show. The new 3.6 liter V6 will be based on the current “high content” engine that GM uses across its product lines. This is a very good thing for the recently birthed Cadillac ATS. It means that the smallest Cadillac now has a mill worthy of the “V” moniker and it will bolt right onto the same engine mounts it already uses.
Since the ATS was launched about a year and half ago this news outlet, and others, have speculated that Cadillac might someday offer an ATS-V variant of the new compact sports sedan. However, even though things seem all peace love and profits over at the new GM, the General has to be careful what it does with taxpayer money. Profit sapping fuel sippers and EVs = OK, go for it. Cash cow muscle cars and expensive toys for millionaires = use caution. GM has been able to pay back a few of the loans your neighbors and you provided though, and logic must prevail if GM is to be viable going forward, and that means making cars that bring customers into dealerships, and buyers going out the door in a car that cost less to build than to sell. An ATS-V would fit that bill if the car didn’t require special tooling or a unique engine.
A 2014 Cadillac ATS-V with the twin turbo engine would not gain much front end weight over the current car with its top engine, the normally breathing 3.6 liter V6. The car would jump from about 320 horsepower up to about 420. With its approximately 3700 curb weight this rear-drive car would be one of GM’s fastest vehicles - ever. Only the Camaro ZL 1, the Corvette, and maybe the CTS-V would have a better power to weight ratio. Our own Patrick Rall wrote that the CTS with this engine would likely have a 0-60 mph time of about 4.6 seconds. That it very fast. However, an ATS-V with the same engine would be a car that could reach 60 in under 4 seconds. The technical term for that is “Stupid fast.” There would only be 3 single cars in the GM line-up that could compete with it.