2015 Cadillac ATS-V to Debut at LA Auto Show, 2016 Cadillac CTS-V at Detroit Auto Show

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Aside from the dramatic recall fiasco, General Motors is on a bit of a roll nowadays with the all-new Chevy Corvette Z06 and the next-gen 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. But interesting stuff is happening at Cadillac as well, especially with the -V series of uber sedans.
The most highly anticipated Cadillac nameplates to roll out in the near future are the 2015 ATS-V and its bigger brother, the 2016 CTS-V. Carparazzis spotted both of them testing on public roads in the United States, as well as dropping hot laps on the grueling Nurburgring Nordschleife. And now we know when the two performance sedans will be unveiled by General Motors' luxury division.

Unnamed Caddy insiders have confirmed to Car&Driver that the 2015 Cadillac ATS-V make its public debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show that opens its doors on November 19th, while the brutish 2016 Cadillac CTS-V will follow in January at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. At the present moment it's still anybody's guess just what kind of engines and transmissions will these two make use of, but we have a sneaking suspicion about what kind of firepower awaits.

Starting with the 2015 Cadillac ATS-V, we hope that the updated model will hold its $55k sticker price and do a sub 4.5-second 0 to 60 mph run thanks to a 3.6-liter V6 force-fed by two turbos. Estimated horsepower? 430 to 450 ponies. As for the transmission, don't expect something as fast-shifting as the BMW M3's DCT gearbox, but a good ol' automatic tuned to swap cogs faster than an ordinary slush box. So what about the BMW M5-rivaling 2016 Cadillac CTS-V sedan? When engineers took the bad boy to Germany's most famous circuit for testing, our carparazzi told us that the sound it made was definitely that of a V8 with a supercharger whine on top of.

So our guess is that the engine bay will be filled by a 6.2-liter V8 similar to the one on the Vette, with a thumping great supercharger bolted for good measure. Expected to cost around $65k, the updated Cadillac CTS-V will most probably develop in excess of 560 horsepower and drop the 0 to 60 mph time to under 3.9 clicks chiefly because General Motors will fit its new 8L90 transmission to just about every vehicle that uses the 6.2-liter powerplant. Chevrolet tells that the new eight-speed auto can row gears faster than the PDK dual-clutch box employed by the Porsche 911 Turbo S. Keem 'em fingers crossed!
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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