2013 Cadillac ATS Long-Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS: Which Engine for the ATS-V?

August 28, 2013

2013 Cadillac ATS

It's no secret that a hotter version of the Cadillac ATS is headed our way soon. We've seen prototypes lurking around Detroit for some time now and with the standard sedan firmly established in the marketplace it's getting time to generate a little new interest.

The big question now is which engine it will get. We've been told that the engine bay in the ATS can accommodate one of GM's latest V8s, but now that there's a twin-turbo V6 in GM's parts bin, which form of motivation would you prefer?

If it were my call, I would go with the twin-turbo V6 introduced in the XTS and CTS Vsport models. With well over 400 horsepower coming from its compact package, it would fit the mold of the ATS better than a larger, heavier V8.

One of the aspects of our ATS that I find particularly pleasing is its lightweight feel. It makes it feel more like a 3 Series than any other aspect of the car. A big V8 crammed in the front end would feel great in a straight line, but would likely dull some of its handling sharpness.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 13,371 miles

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Cadillac ATS in VA is:

$180 per month*
* Explanation