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2017 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan Test Drive Review

When you blend form, function, and performance with an elegant, all-American package, the result is a stunning 2017 Cadillac ATS-V.

The V-Series takes everything you know and love about the Cadillac ATS and adds impressive track capability to create the ultimate sports sedan.

See what it’s like to have the best of both luxury and performance worlds with a closer look at our 2017 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan test model.

 

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2017 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan Exterior

The V-designation means that the already beautiful ATS sedan receives some visual and performance-enhancing features that are exclusive to the model.

Just about every body panel on the ATS-V has been uniquely crafted to complement the increased performance of the car, from the front fascia to the rocker moldings to the rear spoiler. In addition to looking fantastic, these elements have been designed to reduce aerodynamic lift, improve engine cooling, and generally manage airflow better.

Standard on the 2017 ATS-V is a carbon fiber hood, a signature V-series front grille, and quad exhaust tips. And to help increase performance with additional weight savings, our test model came equipped with the optional all-new Carbon Black sport package which adds a carbon fiber splitter, hood vent, and rear diffuser. 18-inch After-Midnight alloy wheels are also included as part of the sport package.

With a low and wide stance, the ATS-V really catches your eye as it blasts by, especially when it’s painted in Velocity Red, like our test model.

 

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2017 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan Interior

On the inside, you’ll find a perfect balance of performance and luxury with hand-crafted details, driver-focused amenities, and premium materials. The handmade leather appointments are accompanied by carbon fiber trim and sueded microfiber accents for an experience that is both elegant and comfortable.

Taking the spotlight in the center of the dash is Cadillac CUE, your portal to the ATS-V’s media and connectivity features. Using the vibrant 8-inch color touch screen display, you can operate a host of smartphone-powered apps via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto with the available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Keeping your phone powered-up while connected to CUE is easy with the wireless charging pad hidden behind the main controls panel (for compatible phones only).

Bose Premium audio with Active Noise Cancellation technology is standard in the 2017 ATS-V, helping to deliver an immersive music experience without any unwanted noises from the engine or transmission. Our test model came equipped with the optional Bose Surround Sound system which also includes Bose Audio Pilot, a feature that automatically adjusts music volume to compensate for interfering sounds like excessive wind or road noise.

The new Carbon Black sport package swaps the ATS-V’s standard 18-way front seats for a set of incredibly comfortable and supportive Recaro bucket seats that keep you and your passenger firmly in place. These 16-way adjustable seats are some of our favorites found in any car — perfect for the race track or a long-distance drive.

Other interior features include an electroluminescent instrument cluster with 5.7-inch digital driver info center, electronic parking brake, and push button start.

 

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2017 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan Performance

Those familiar with Cadillac’s V-series have come to expect a level of performance that’s suitable for the track, and the 2017 ATS-V delivers beautifully. Nestled under the carbon fiber hood is a twin-turbo V6 engine that’s rated at 464 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque — enough to launch the car from 0 – 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and achieve a top speed of 189 mph.

Innovative materials, design, and cooling solutions help the turbochargers stay in their optimum operating zone, and the car’s no-lift shifting with the manual transmission (keep your foot planted on the throttle) maintains boost pressure while you select the next gear. These engine features along with the ATS-V’s lightweight structure help deliver a driving experience that is effortless and fulfilling.

Ride quality is smooth and confident thanks to the ATS-V’s third-generation Magnetic Ride Control which polls road surfaces up to 1,000 times per second and adjusts each suspension damper accordingly. At 60 mph, the vehicle is “reading” every inch of the road to deliver optimum damping force.

The intelligent suspension works with specially developed Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires and five driver-selectable modes — Wet, Dry, Sport 1, Sport 2, and Race — for uncompromised traction and cornering performance. On a race track, this translates to faster lap times and less wheel spin.

Fuel economy for the 2017 Cadillac ATS-V is an EPA estimated 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway**.

 

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2017 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan Safety

The 2017 ATS-V comes standard with active and passive safety features, including dual-stage airbags, a strong safety cage built into its frame, daytime running lights, and an anti-lock brake system.

Our test model came equipped with the available safety and security package which adds a head-up display, lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert, and side blind zone alert.

In the event of an accident, the vehicle’s built-in automatic crash response connects you to an On-Star representative who can notify emergency services if necessary.

A rear vision camera, electronic stability control, and tire pressure monitoring system also come standard on the 2017 ATS-V.

 

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2017 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan Overall

The 2017 ATS-V delivers mind-blowing performance without sacrificing the luxury and comfort that Cadillac is famous for. It’s a daily-driver, grand-tourer, and track monster all rolled into one awesome machine.

MSRP for the 2017 Cadillac ATS-V starts at $60,695, and our test model came well-equipped at $77,085*.

Experience the ultimate in luxury sports sedans by visiting your local AutoNation Cadillac dealership.

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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