If you need further evidence that competition is healthy for a market, check out the latest rumblings to issue from the Cadillac camp. Dave Leone, chief engineer for Cadillac, recently said in Car And Driver that Cadillac “might have something down the road that is a little bit more aggressive.” More aggressive than the new ATS-V, he means.
Cadillac has a certain couple European automakers that they like to beat with this more aggressive model. The new Cadillac ATS-V will certainly be extremely competitive, but only up to a certain point. Beyond that, Cadillac is going to need a little more aggression, as Leone says.
As it stands, the ATS-V is already pretty monstrous. Leone said that, when designing it, they realized an all-wheel drive performance car was out of the question. That would place too much weight up front, creating understeer. He also said that a dual-clutch wouldn’t have helped them since it would only add to the weight of the car without beating anything Cadillac does in response time. Clearly, the engineers made some moves we might not have anticipated, but the ATS-V still turned out pretty darn ferocious.
And as for the more aggressive Cadillac ATS-V that we mentioned: Car And Driver quotes “another source” as saying that this more aggressive Cadillac ATS-V might even see the light of day by 2017. We here at Crest Cadillac can’t wait to get the new ATS-V on our lot.