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Old 04-14-16, 09:58 AM
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Co-worker of mine has a 2013 CTS-V. Cadillac dealer calls him and says they are doing a campaign with Cadillac and giving away cars for a week to drive. After the week is up, you basically give them your impressions and they give you a code to use to buy a Cadillac using the GM Employee discount. ATS-V works out to be about $9,000 off of sticker with that discount. He currently reserved this beautiful ATS-V, full optioned for the week. I plan on doing the same thing to get more seat time, but this is just my first impressions.



I had the car in sport mode, using the paddle shifters. I had it in track mode but the steering gets overly stiff for street driving purposes.

Power: There is a little turbo lag but once it's spools up, it pulls pretty hard. There is definitely not a lack of power in this car and the RPM's shoot up very quickly. The sound of the V6 in the ATS-V does no justice to our V8.

Transmission: This car has the new ZF 8 speed automatic transmission. It was a disappointment for me. It is in no way as responsive as our transmission is. Shifts are not responsive and there is some delay. The gear ratios I think are too short. I'll need to pick up the car for a week myself and really play with it since I only drove it around town for about 30 minutes.

Handling: Handling definitely blows our car out of the water. The car is flat, it turns in quickly and it handles like its on rails. I only had it in Sport mode when I was doing long sweeper turns. I can only imagine what it would be like in track mode at the race track.

Interior: I like the interior overall as it had the Recaro race seats. The instrument cluster... ours looks much cleaner and looks more sophisticated. The instrument cluster in this car was a direct swap from a regular ATS. This one doesn't have the new CTS-V LCD display, which is unfortunate because that would completely make the car. There is plenty of alcantara and carbon fiber.

I'll probably do a follow up review after I get the car for a week.

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Nice review. Will look towards your follow up. Does it really handle way better then the 2010 and up Fs?
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Nice review. Will look towards your follow up. Does it really handle way better then the 2010 and up Fs?
Thanks! Yes - it has the magnetic ride suspension and a lot beefier tires. I'm sure if we had some Penske coilovers and wider tires in the ISF it probably would handle very similar. The ATS-V just felt more planted and flatter than our cars do. It's hard to describe, but I felt more confident throwing it through the corner.

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interesting review

i remember when the first comparison came out everyone said the ats chassis was above all the competitors (m3/ c63)
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I wonder if Cadillac is doing this because their sales are slumping and basically letting potential owners rip the cars for one week just to beef up the competition.
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Originally Posted by idoke1 View Post
Nice review. Will look towards your follow up. Does it really handle way better then the 2010 and up Fs?
Well the 2008-2010 were similar suspension wise with the 2010 having the LSD. 2011+ are the ones with the big handling overhaul but still not as good as the ATS-V. Thing supposed to be amazing in the handling department.

I really dig the ATS-V, looks great in blue. Just wished GM would have stuffed a better looking instrument cluster in there considering it's in your face the whole time you drive. If you just dropped $60k+, last thing you want is a gauge cluster that reminds you of a 90s Malibu.



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Old 04-14-16, 11:21 AM
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I saw the V's at the NY Autoshow and I was disappointed with the interior finish - otherwise, both Cadillac V offerings are pretty badass.
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Originally Posted by RSXiMUS View Post
Well the 2008-2010 were essentially the same handling wise, 2010 just added the LSD. 2011+ are the ones with the big handling overhaul but still won't compare to the ATS-V. Thing supposed to be amazing in the handling department.

I really dig the ATS-V, looks great in blue. Just wished GM would have stuffed a better looking instrument cluster in there considering it's in your face the whole time you drive. If you just dropped $50k+, last thing you want is a gauge cluster that reminds you of a 90s Malibu.


Wow that's awful
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Read an article not too long ago in car and driver I believe. They tested this with an rcf. If I recall the v was slightly quicker than the rcf.
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Thats an awesome program.. But that instrument cluster looks way too outdated.. The one in the CTS-V is so badass!!

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I've always liked the CTS-V and the look of the ATS-V..

Sadly these cars do not age well.
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Originally Posted by RSXiMUS View Post
Well the 2008-2010 were essentially the same handling wise, 2010 just added the LSD. 2011+ are the ones with the big handling overhaul but still won't compare to the ATS-V. Thing supposed to be amazing in the handling department.

I really dig the ATS-V, looks great in blue. Just wished GM would have stuffed a better looking instrument cluster in there considering it's in your face the whole time you drive. If you just dropped $50k+, last thing you want is a gauge cluster that reminds you of a 90s Malibu.


Must have had some left over instrument panels from the 1995 bin
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Holy Moly!!! You weren't kidding about the gauge cluster! It actually took me back to my 1999 Toyota Corolla. My younger brother drives it still to this day. I drove it for a decade and called it quits but I might be getting it back as my daily...here's the cluster...


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Man that thing looks mean...but the dash is a disappointment.
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Wow that's awful
ditto...
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