An ATS-V+ version of the current range-topping model has been recently denied by Cadillac.
Just a day ago, the internet went crazy in announcing an ATS-V+ version of the range-topping model. Now, several hours later, Cadillac is denying the plans of introducing such a model. According to the guys from MotorAuthority, who have spoken to the carmaker’s communications manager, David Caldwell, there is “no need” for a V8-powered version of the Cadillac ATS-V. However, its larger brother, the CTS-V, will be introduced this summer, in the 2016 model year, with a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 engine, which is capable of putting down no less than 640 HP (477 kW) and 855 Nm (630 lb-ft) of torque.
Rumor had it that the engine which was going to be used is the LS7 7.0 liter V8 which is found on the fifth generation of the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, capable of generating 505 HP (377 kW) and 651 Nm (481 lb-ft) of torque in the muscle car but it was expected to be updated in the high-performance sedan. This isn’t actually bad news that Cadillac isn’t planning such a vehicle because we should not forget that the ATS-V is already rivaling the popular BMW M3 and the ATS-V Coupe is competing against the BMW M4 Coupe. Both of them are getting the same 3.6 liter twin turbo V6 engine under their hoods, which are capable of producing a total output of 455 HP (339 kW) and 603 Nm (445 lb-ft) of torque.