2017 Cadillac ATS Sedan V-6
The Phantom Gray 2017 Cadillac ATS Premium Performance model you see here has all the right stuff to be a world-class sports sedan: a solid, lightweight platform; rear-wheel drive; a high-revving 3.6-liter V-6 with 335 naturally aspirated horsepower; a snappy eight-speed automatic transmission; adaptive, adjustable magnetorheological dampers; a limited-slip differential; and staggered-width summer tires. Stir in options such as the V-Sport red-painted Brembo calipers with slotted rotors and upgraded pads, performance exhaust, a sport suspension upgrade, and an interior richer than a Parisian house of ill repute, and we’ve got ourselves a four-door Chevy Camaro V-6 in a Hugo Boss suit.
Now in its fifth year of production, the ATS has evolved too little where it counts. At the time of its introduction, its Alpha rear-drive platform and optimized suspension geometry raised the standard for compact-luxury-sedan handling, and we said as much in a comparison test between the 2013 ATS and its performance bogey, the BMW 328i. Despite the Caddy’s tremendous cornering acumen—which it possesses to this day—it lost that comparison test between the turbocharged four-cylinder models. In 2013, the 3.6-liter V-6 version came in third in a three-way comparison against the BMW 335i and the Lexus IS350 F Sport. Why? Because there’s more to a luxury sports sedan than its ability to ride and handle.