2019 Cadillac ATS-V Review, Release Dates, Prices

The 2019 ATS-V high-performance is Cadillac lightest and smallest race-inspired V-Series model. Offered as a coupe, it features a twin-turbocharged V6 engine and the latest convenience refinements to the next-generation Cadillac user experience. The Cadillac user experience system was redefined through developments on Personalized Profiles, Integrated smartphone-like navigation and Active Connection, increasing user connectivity and making a more user-friendly system.

Since its inception in 2004, Cadillac’s V-Series performance family has driven remarkable power and performance capability into the brand’s luxury car range, thanks to a standard of passion without compromise. The result is a dual-purpose luxury performer: a car with true track capability right from the factory and a sophisticated luxury car on the road.

POWERTRAIN

The 2019 Cadillac ATS-V is powered by the Cadillac 3.6L Twin Turbo V6 rated at an SAE-certified 464 horsepower (346 kW) and 445 lb-ft of torque (601 Nm). The combination of engine output and lightweight yet strong structure enables 0-60 performance in 3.8 seconds and a segment-best top speed of 189 mph.

The features for the ATS-V version of the Cadillac Twin Turbo, which is the twin sibling to the racing power plant in the Cadillac ATS-V.R Coupe race car, are designed to create power faster and sustain it longer. Highlights include:

  • Turbochargers with low-inertia titanium-aluminide turbines and vacuum-actuated wastegates for more responsive torque production

  • Compressors matched for peak efficiency at peak power levels, for optimal track performance

  • Patent-pending low-volume charge-cooling system that optimizes packaging efficiency and maximizes boost pressure

  • Lightweight titanium connecting rods that reduce inertia of the rotating assembly, complementing the quick-spooling turbochargers

  • A high-performance lubrication system designed to maintain optimal oil pressure and ventilation during high-lateral driving maneuvers typically encountered on a track.

The engine is backed by a choice of six-speed manual – with Active Rev Match, no-lift shifting and Launch Control – or a paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission featuring Launch Control and Performance Algorithm Shifting.

The standard TREMEC TR6060 six-speed manual transmission has a strong track record proven in previous generations of the supercharged CTS-V series. It is updated for the 2019 Cadillac ATS-V with selectable technologies that enhance driver control to help produce optimized shifts that can lead to faster lap times. The six-speed manual transmission is used with a dual-mass flywheel and dual-disc clutch, which deliver greater shift quality and feel through lower inertia.

The paddle-shift eight-speed automatic, which offers full manual control via steering wheel paddles, is tuned for world-class shift-response times. Smaller steps between gears keep the engine within the sweet spot of the rpm band, making the most of the output of the twin-turbocharged engine for exhilarating performance and greater efficiency.

Performance Algorithm Shifting delivers shift performance that rivals the dual-clutch or semi-automatic transmissions found in many luxury performance sedans but with the smoothness and refinement that come with a conventional automatic fitted with a torque converter. During spirited driving, it also ensures that the proper gear is held in turns to improve speed through and out of the turn.

ENGINE

3.6L V-6 TWIN-TURBOCHARGED DI VVT

Displacement

217 cu in / 3564 cc

Bore & stroke

3.7 in x 3.37 in / 94 mm x 85.6 mm

Block material

Cast aluminum

Cylinder head material

Cast aluminum

Valvetrain

DOHC, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing

Fuel delivery

Direct high-pressure fuel injection

Compression ratio

10.2:1

Horsepower

464 hp @ 5850 rpm

Torque

445 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm

Recommended fuel

Premium

Max engine speed

6500 rpm

DRIVETRAIN

Layout

Front engine, rear wheel drive (RWD)

Transmission Type

Fully synchronized six-speed manual with double overdrive; active rev matching and no-lift shifting features

Paddle-shift eight-speed, electronically controlled, automatic overdrive with torque converter clutch

Differential

Electronic limited-slip

PERFORMANCE

Max. Speed

189 mph

Zero to 60 mph

4.2 sec (manual)

Zero to 100 mph

9.6 sec (manual)

Standing ¼-mile

12.5 sec @ 117 mph (manual)

EPA FUEL ECONOMY (mpg)

Manual

16 City / 23 Highway / 19 Combined

Automatic

17 City / 25 Highway / 20 Combined

 

EXTERIOR

Almost every exterior panel on the 2019 Cadillac ATS-V is unique, from the fascias and fenders, to the hood, rear spoiler and rocker moldings; and every one was designed to support the car’s capability, contributing to lift reduction, enhanced cooling, and improved aero performance. The unique elements include:

  • A lightweight carbon fiber hood features an air-extracting vent that not only pulls hot air out of the engine compartment, but helps reduce lift at speed by channeling air pulled through the radiator out and over the top of car rather than allowing trapped air to exit under the car

  • Unique front and rear fascias provide optimal aero performance, with larger grille openings in the front fascia to feed more air to the new twin-turbocharged engine. Even the mesh pattern of the signature grille openings is enlarged to allow more air into the radiator and multiple heat exchangers

  • A front splitter enhances handling by forcing air to push down on the front of the car rather than flow under it, where it can cause lift

  • Wider front fenders to accommodate 18-inch wheels that are wrapped with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires

  • The alloy wheels, unique to the V-Series, are constructed of a low-mass forging that helps reduce un-sprung weight for greater agility and a more direct feel to steering inputs

  • The rocker moldings and rear spoiler are aero-optimized.

An available, all-carbon fiber package takes aero performance and mass optimization to higher levels. It includes a more aggressive front splitter, hood vent trim, and rear diffuser, along with composite rocker extension panels and a taller, body-color rear spoiler. The exposed carbon fiber components are book-matched on the centerline for a precise, tailored appearance.

An available track package includes the components of the Carbon Fiber package, plus the Performance Data Recorder and a low-mass battery. It also deletes the standard floor mats and tire inflator kit to save weight. Exterior colors for the 2019 Cadillac ATS-V include Crystal White Tricoat, Red Obsession Tintcoat, Phantom Gray Metallic, Vector Blue Metallic, Black Raven and Satin Steel Metallic.

INTERIOR

The 2019 Cadillac ATS-V track-inspired precision carries over to the interior, where the design and relationship of key components are aimed squarely at performance-driving ergonomics. All of the contact points, including the steering wheel, seats, shifter and pedals, are designed to make performance driving experiences direct and intuitive.

The 2019 Cadillac ATS-V also features a unique version of the 5.7-inch, three-window instrument panel cluster display, with V-Series graphics and distinctive gauge readouts.

Available 16-way-adjustable Recaro performance front seats are the lynchpins for the driving experience with aggressive and adjustable bolsters that help hold the driver and front passenger in place during high-load cornering. They also have a luxury-performance feel, trimmed in Mulan leather with sueded microfiber inserts and front seatbacks. Eighteen-way-adjustable, leather-trimmed seats with sueded microfiber inserts and front seat backs are standard. An available suede steering wheel and shift knob complement the seating. Three interior color combinations are offered: Jet Black, Jet Black with Saffron accents, and Light Platinum with Jet Black accents.

The available Performance Data Recorder (PDR) enables drivers to record, view and analyze driving experiences by capturing real-time video, cabin audio and performance data. The system – which features an HD camera and performance data acquisition hardware – is controlled via the next-generation Cadillac user experience color touch screen.

PRICING NOTES

The 2019 Cadillac ATS-V has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts at about $67,795, price not includes destination charge and a gas-guzzler tax.

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