Cadillac's ATS-V impresses on road and trackCadillac's sporty sedan lacks the grunt of big-brother CTS-V, but it has more than enough to stand up to competition from BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
[MUSIC] For decades, we've had to go to Germany to get our sports sedans, to get our mixed-performance and luxury Luxury, but that's changing. If the Cadillac CTSV didn't change your mind, maybe this car will. It's the Cadillac ATSV. It's a shot across the bow with BMW's [UNKNOWN], a $62,000 shot across the bow. Is it worth your money? Can it really live up to the hype? Let's find out. Beneath the hood is a 464 horsepower, 3.6 liter, twin turbo V6. And that's connected to the rear wheels through either a six speed manual, or an eight speed automatic. Go with the auto, and the car will sprint to 60 in just 3.8 seconds. Pick the manual, and it is a few tenths slower But that's still the one I'd go with. Now while I love the way the Cadillac looks on the outside, I gotta say I'm not so fond of the interior. It's got some nice touches. The leather overall is pretty good. There's some carbon fiber inserts here and there which look quite nice as well. But there's also a lot of cheap rubber and kinda shiny black plastic. Plastic that picks up fingerprints and dust and overall doesn't look very nice. There's also the Q system which is not my favorite to say the least. It's improved quite a bit over the past couple of years but it's still very sluggish to use. Takes a long time to boot up when you turn the car on. And ultimately it's not as quick to use as the competition something like BMW's IDrive for example. It is in my book, Far preferable. But there is one neat hidden feature, though. If you touch the bottom console here, a hidden cubby opens up with an inductive charger built into the center console. If your phone has wireless charging, you can pop your phone in there and it will charge it. It'll also keep it cool while it's charging. Unfortunately, my phone doesn't fit. If you have a larger phone like a Samsung Galaxy Note, I can't believe it's gonna go Go in there. [MUSIC] Thankfully though the interior's not perfect, it's pretty easy to forgive these flaws because once you're in here, the Cadillac is so engaging to drive, well, none of that really matters. The motor is very responsive. It's got plenty of power. And while it's not the loudest thing out there, it sounds pretty good. The shifter's got a great feel and it's also got a flat shift technology, so if you're got your right foot to the floor you can just grab the next gear without even having to lift. The car weighs about 3,800 pounds but it's still impressively nimble. That's helped by a series of driving modes, including five separate trash control settings, exclusively for use on the track, allowing you to dial in the car for the level of grip and for your level of confidence. But the TC Omni car is still incredibly engaging and poised, but even with it off, it's still nicely balanced in front. Crucially without being scary. [UNKNOWN] brakes at all four corners use traditional disks but they don't fade even after many consecutive laps. No this isn't a track toy by any means, but out here it's more than capable of holding it's own. [MUSIC] So does it beat the BMW? I can't say that universally. On the track it certainly is better, but everywhere else, the Cadillac's got a little more room to grow. But still, as a first time out, it's quite a feat. Quite a car. [MUSIC]