The Cadillac ATS-V Coupe is up against some really tough competition. Unlike the Cadillac CTS-V, which is priced significantly less when compared to the BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E63, the Cadillac ATS-V Coupe costs around the same as its competitors. Now, we’re talking about some legendary options like the BMW M4 and the Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe, so the Cadillac ATS-V Coupe really has to deliver. Other competitors include the Audi RS 5, and the Lexus RC F. It’s not exactly the crossover market, but it’s not an empty playing field either.
Stick with us over the next couple of minutes, and we’ll give you all the interesting facts and details about the new 2019 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe, and let you know if it’s a compelling choice in the face of its high performance rivals.
2018 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Exterior
The Cadillac ATS-V Coupe isn’t just a conventional ATS Coupe with a powerful engine. Most of the exterior panels on the Cadillac ATS-V Coupe are unique to this high-performance coupe, and each contributes to reducing lift, intensifying cooling to the engine and brakes, and improving the overall aerodynamics.
There is a lightweight carbon fiber hood, larger grille openings to feed the twin-turbo V6 some air, a front splitter that forces to push air down on the front to improve handling, wider front fenders to make room for the giant 18-inch wheels and tires, and rocker moldings and a rear spoiler that increase downforce.
A carbon fiber package offers some extra visual enhancements to the front splitter, hood vent, rear diffuser, and rear spoiler. Buyers can also add red Brembo brake calipers for an additional $595 as seen here. Our test model also features the optional 18-inch midnight dark alloy wheels that cost an extra $600.
2018 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Interior
We’re huge fans of Cadillac interiors, as they come packed with a variety of standard features that are otherwise optional on most rivals. The new Cadillac ATS-V Coupe comes standard with the CUE infotainment housed in an 8-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, a Bose sound system, wireless charging, built-in 4G LTE WiFi, dual-zone climate control, a rearview camera, and 12-way power heated front seats. The Cadillac ATS-V Coupe also features a 5.7-inch instrument cluster display with V-Series graphics. The myCadillac mobile app for iOS allows you to use your Apple Watch to remote start or stop your car, locate it, lock or unlock doors, activate the horn and lights, and get walking directions to where you last parked.
There are three packages available that give you extra features like navigation, a better Bose sound system, and a range of driver assist technologies. Now, whenever a car has Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, we think it’s easy to not to pay extra for navigation since you can just use Google Maps. The only option we would add is the Safety Package for the driver assist tech and the 16-way Recaro seats. Adding an upgraded Bose sound system makes you add the Cadillac Navigation system. If you want the Performance Data Recorder to film your lap times, you’ll have to add on an upgraded sound system and navigation.
2018 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Performance
Power for the Cadillac ATS-V Coupe comes from a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that produces 464 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque. Mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, zero to 60 mph comes in 3.8 seconds, and top speed is a robust 189 mph.
When it comes to comparing it to its rivals, the Cadillac ATS-V Coupe offer the most bang for your buck in terms of performance. To get the BMW M4’s 4.1 second time down to the ATS-V Coupe’s 3.8 seconds, you’ll have to throw on the Competition Package which will make the price jump by $4,750 to $73,900. Same goes for the Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe — to get that down to the ATS-V Coupe’s 3.8 seconds you’ll have to go for the C63 S Coupe and that will bring your price tag up by $8,000, to $75,500. Of course, the BMW and the Benz are legendary cars in this segment, but the Cadillac ATS-V Coupe is looking pretty strong here when you break it down by power, performance, and price.
The structural enhancements on the ATS-V Coupe make it 25 percent stiffer than non-V models. While that increases the ATS-V Coupe’s ability for precise handling and sharper steering response, it also takes away little comfort. If you’re all about owning the track and love the sports car feel, the ATS-V Coupe will leave you smiling every single day. The ATS-V Coupe takes performance to the next level with the Performance Traction Management system which calculates electronic assistance when you’re really pushing this beast. There are five additional driver-selectable modes with PTM that are made specifically for the track – Wet, Dry, Sport 1, Sport 2 and Race, and of course, there’s also Launch Control. Fuel economy on the Cadillac ATS-V Coupe comes in at 17/25 mpg* (city/highway).
2018 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Safety
Our test model came with various driver assist features beyond the standard safety features. Some of those include park assist, blind spot monitoring and lane keep assist.
2018 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Overall
After spending a week with the Cadillac ATS-V Coupe, we’ve realized what makes this sports coupe so special. You straight up have to pay $4,000 to $8,000 more for the BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe to extract the same level of performance you get with Cadillac ATS-V Coupe right out of the gate. Prices for the Cadillac ATS-V Coupe start at $67,795**. If you’re in the market for a new sports coupe, the Cadillac ATS-V Coupe should definitely be on your shopping list. Visit your local AutoNation-Cadillac dealer for a quick spin today.
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.