The BMW M3 Is Still Used as a Benchmark in the Compact Sports Sedan Class

BMW E90 M3 vs Cadillac ATS-V 1 photo
In the world of compact sports sedans, there is no other name more famous than the M3. Over the years, BMW's creation manage to outdo itself over and over, with each new generation.
That made it a nightmare for other manufacturers that really wanted to get a piece of the action in this segment. A while back, Lexus' Chief Engineer for the IS admitted that they used the M3 as a benchmark when building the 2014 model, their direct competitor for the Bavarian car.

Now, it's time for Cadillac to do the same with their ATS-V. Their current ATS was defeated yet once again in every possible test by the F30 3 Series and E92 3 Series Coupe. However, their progress was noted and everyone agreed that things are heating up.

The company is now testing the new, high-performance, enhanced ATS-V, a car that is destined to battle the M3 once it will be released, most likely in January 2014. Recent spyshots showed that the car is undergoing back-to-back tests with the E90 M3 so the gloves are off.

No more beating around the bushes, no more hiding, the GM company wants to make a better car than the M3 by any means necessary. We applaud their determination but they didn't take one thing into consideration.

The E90 M3 will go out of production pretty soon. Its V8 4-liter engine with it. Most likely it will be replaced by a 3-liter turbocharged unit with only 6-cylinders and even more power. The power figures are not the problem though.

The problem is that the new F80 M3 will be the ATS-V competitor, and nothing is known about it for sure at the moment. Judging by how things happened up until now, the F80 will mark yet another impressive performance leap that will be leaving the Caddy behind.

So, Cadillac. If you really want to stand a chance, you should be testing against the upcoming M3, not the one that will shortly be retired. However, because such a thing is currently impossible, we wish you good luck in trying to beat the old one. Always one step behind.
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