The twin-turbo Cadillac ATS-V debuts at the 2014 LA Auto Show.
The V is a much angrier version of the ATS. It's all angles and horsepower.
The high-powered V trim level will be available on both the ATS Coupe and Sedan models.
Look closely and you'll see a small intake vent at the top edge of the upper grille.
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.
A carbon fiber front chin spoiler completes the race-ready look.
The wheels, brakes and suspension have also been beefed up to help the ATS-V corner and stop.
Powering the beast is a 3.6-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6. Output is stated at 455 horsepower and
445 pound-feet of torque.
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.
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.
Additionally, the V-6 has been built up to better support the demands of the turbocharger.
Exhaust gasses exit via a quad-tipped, dual exhaust.
The fixed spoiler has a fairly severe angle of attack.
Inside, the seats have been upgraded with deep bolstering.
Tech should match what you'll find in the standard ATS Sedan and Coupe.
The steering wheel is trimmed in Alcantara micro-suede.
The six-speed manual is the standard gearbox, but an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters is also available.
This cut-out hints that this model is equipped with Cadillac's Head-Up Display option.
Lightweight turbocharger components, such as titanium turbines, should help the ATS-V keep a responsive throttle.
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.
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.
The ATS-V will be available in both sedan and coupe variants.
With four more doors, the ATS-V Sedan is just a bit stealthier than the Coupe. Both examples are angular head turners.
All that's missing from this stage is an ATS-V Wagon... get back to work, Cadillac design team!
The ATS-V Coupe aims to challenge the BMW M4, while the sedan targets the M3.