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2016 Cadillac ATS-V gets a double dose of turbo (pictures)

The twin-turbo Cadillac ATS-V debuts at the 2014 LA Auto Show, boasting 455 horsepower.

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2016 Cadillac ATS-V

The twin-turbo Cadillac ATS-V debuts at the 2014 LA Auto Show.

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2016 Cadillac ATS-V

The V is a much angrier version of the ATS. It's all angles and horsepower.

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2016 Cadillac ATS-V

The high-powered V trim level will be available on both the ATS Coupe and Sedan models.

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2016 Cadillac ATS-V

Look closely and you'll see a small intake vent at the top edge of the upper grille.

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Cadillac tells us that nearly every body panel is unique to the ATS-V. Fenders and rocker panels are wider, the hood is vented, and the front and rear fascia have been sharpened for better aerodynamics and breathing.

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A carbon fiber front chin spoiler completes the race-ready look.

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The wheels, brakes and suspension have also been beefed up to help the ATS-V corner and stop.

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2016 Cadillac ATS-V

Powering the beast is a 3.6-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6. Output is stated at 455 horsepower and
445 pound-feet of torque.

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That power reaches the rear wheels via a standard six-speed manual transmission that features Active Rev Match and no-lift shifting. Helping the Coupe to get off of the line is standard launch control.

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Cadillac boasts about the twin-turbo V6's low-volume charge-air cooling system, a water-to-air intercooler that reduces turbo lag by cutting down on much of the ducting and pipes of a traditional air-to-air intercooler.

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Additionally, the V-6 has been built up to better support the demands of the turbocharger.

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Exhaust gasses exit via a quad-tipped, dual exhaust.

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The fixed spoiler has a fairly severe angle of attack.

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Inside, the seats have been upgraded with deep bolstering.

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Tech should match what you'll find in the standard ATS Sedan and Coupe.

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The steering wheel is trimmed in Alcantara micro-suede.

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The six-speed manual is the standard gearbox, but an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters is also available.

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This cut-out hints that this model is equipped with Cadillac's Head-Up Display option.

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Lightweight turbocharger components, such as titanium turbines, should help the ATS-V keep a responsive throttle.

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Most drivers probably won't go professionally racing in their ATS-Vs, but Cadillac wants them to be able to enjoy a day at the track in their luxury sedan or coupe.

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Cadillac also showcased the 600-horsepower ATS-V.R, a race-prepped FIA GT3 car that it will potentially field in more than 30 different GT series around the world.

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The ATS-V will be available in both sedan and coupe variants.

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With four more doors, the ATS-V Sedan is just a bit stealthier than the Coupe. Both examples are angular head turners.

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All that's missing from this stage is an ATS-V Wagon... get back to work, Cadillac design team!

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The ATS-V Coupe aims to challenge the BMW M4, while the sedan targets the M3.

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