Cadillac Jumps Into Horsepower War

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, Automotive Editor - March 26, 2015

Cadillac's new 2016 ATS-V gets a 464-hp twin-turbo V6, and that's just a sign of what's to come.

We're all fans of big horsepower. But we also love fuel-efficiency, too. And it looks like in 2015, car shoppers will get both. The recent news out of GM's headquarters rang loud and clear: the new Cadillac ATS-V will get 464 hp vs. the initial spec of 455. The bump in output is official, and so to is the horsepower war that will proceed into the foreseeable future. And that's not all, folks. Fuel economy reportedly checks in at 21 mpg in the city and a jaw-dropping 31 mpg on the highway. Impressive. Just last year, for the first time ever, BMW brought forced induction to both the 2015 M3 and all-new 2015 M4. The result was and continues to be a resounding success as horsepower, torque and fuel efficiency have all improved, all while passing strict emissions mandates.

MSRP Engine Horsepower Torque 0-60 mpg Fuel Economy
2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan $61,460 3.6L V6 Turbo 464 hp 444 lb-ft 3.8 sec 21/31 mpg
2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe $63,660 3.6L V6 Turbo 464 hp 444 lb-ft 3.8 sec 21/31 mpg
2015 BMW M3 $62,950 3.6L I6 Turbo 425 hp 406 lb-ft 3.7 sec 17/26 mpg
2015 BMW M4 $65,150 3.6L I6 Turbo 425 hp 406 lb-ft 3.7 sec 17/26 mpg
2015 Audi RS5 $71,825 4.2L V8 450 hp 317 lb-ft 4.4 sec 16/23 mpg
2015 Lexus RC-F $63,325 5.0L V8 467 hp 389 lb-ft 4.3 sec 16/25 mpg
2015 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG $62,855 6.2L V8 451 hp 443 lb-ft 3.7 sec 13/19 mpg

How Do They Do It?

Among a host of numbers, formulas and engineering jargon, the answer can be attributed to a combination of turbocharging technology and lightweight material development, both of which have helped produce some of the best handling, quickest and most fun-to-drive coupes and sedans ever offered. The tech has even trickled down to trucks like the 2015 Ford F-150.

Tire-Twisting Torque

In the case of the brand-spanking new 2016 Cadillac ATS-V, that means prospective owners will not only get 464 horsepower, but a fat & juicy 444 lb-ft of torque. That's 100 lb-ft more than 2015 Porsche 911 GT3, which at $131k costs more than two ATS-V's. TWO! Add that heavy dollop of torque to the car's super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sports and you have a recipe for pure accelerative bliss, catapulting the ATS-V from 0 - 60 mph in a scant 3.8 seconds.

Cadillac ATS-V Sedan

Fuel Economy Improvement

But thrust and twist are only part of the benefits for prospective owners. Fuel economy has also seen a bump. Aerodynamics have also played a quiet role in making today's cars more slippery than ever before. The ATS-V features a slippery .29 cD (coefficient of drag) which even beats out supercars like the $847,000+ 2015 Porsche 918.

Engine Horsepower Torque Fuel Economy
2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 2.3L I4 Turbo 310 hp 320 lb-ft 22/31 mpg
2014 Ford Mustang 3.7L V6 305 hp 280 lb-ft 19/29 mpg
2015 Honda Civic 1.8L I4 143 hp 129 lb-ft 28/36 mpg
2017 Honda Civic 1.5L I4 Turbo 170 hp* 180 lb-ft* 34/42 mpg*

*Estimated

Affordable Cars Get It, Too

Now, we understand that for most of us, the ATS-V's $61k sale sticker is a bit out of reach. But therein lies the benefit to the rest of the automotive cognoscenti: the tech is trickling down into more affordable models you and I can buy today like the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost and 2015 Volkswagen GTI. Even the upcoming 2017 Honda Civic will feature a turbocharged 1.5L 4-cylinder engine that will make more power, torque and fuel efficiency than the model it replaces. And at the end of the day, that's good news for all of us.

, Automotive Editor

Armaan Almeida no longer works for CarsDirect. He was an Automotive Editor who produced buying guides and sneak previews, in addition to publishing daily news stories and tracking monthly deals, incentives and pricing trends from Toyota, Nissan and Lexus.

 

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