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2014 Cadillac ATS-V to outpower M3, C 63 AMG – report

The 2014 Cadillac ATS will soon take on the big guns from around the world, particularly the Germans, with the arrival of the performance ATS-V. It will follow in the footsteps of the highly regarded CTS-V.

2014 Cadillac ATS

The ATS is Cadillac’s take on the mid-size premium sedan segment, while the ‘V’ version will be the high performance flagship. Even though GM introduced an all-new 3.6-litre twin-turbo V6 earlier this year with the new CTS, the ATS-V will reportedly come with another all-new twin-turbo V6 of around 3.2 litres.

According to a recent Automobile Magazine report, GM is looking to downsize from the 3.6 to allow for a more robust platform for even more power. The 3.6 produces 313kW, however, speculations suggest the ATS-V will offer a figure as impressive as 373kW.

If this is true, the ATS-V will become the king of the mid-size premium sedan world, in terms of outright power anyway. The Audi RS 4 Avant (331kW), the current BMW M3 (309kW) and upcoming M4 (around 316kW), the Lexus IS F (311kW), and the Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG (336kW) would fall short by considerable margins.

Like the CTS-V, the ATS-V is expected to come with a number of performance features as well, such as beefy brakes, serious suspension, and a decidedly strong-looking bodykit. The interior will also be dressed for the occasion.

The new variant is set to debut any time now, with US market entry taking place by the first quarter of 2014.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.