Cadillac ATS-V Puts On An Impressive Show Against BMW M3

Once upon a time, the BMW M3 was untouchable in the mid-size luxury performance car market, but nowadays, it doesn’t only have to cope with increasingly improved rivals from Germany, but new challengers too, including one from the USA in the form of the Cadillac ATS-V.

While the M3 features a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine with 425 hp, the ATS-V utilizes a larger twin-turbo 3.6-liter powertrain that pumps out 464 hp.

Alongside the horsepower advantage, the American contender’s overall torque figure is 38 lb-ft better, 444 lb-ft versus 406. However, the Cadillac is nearly 200 kg lbs heavier than the dual-clutch BMW so, when the two recently hit the drag strip, the outcome was not easy to predict.

In this particular race, at the end of the quarter mile sprint, the M3 clocked a time of 11.6 seconds at 105 mph (169 km/h), while the ATS-V completed the same sprint in 11.57 seconds with a significantly higher (119 mph / 191 km/h) trap speed. So, in a straight line at least, the Germans aren’t having it all their own way.

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  • eb110americana

    Based on the fact that the M3 wasn’t *completely* spanked by the Caddy, I’m going to assume it was the dual-clutch, not the manual. Here’s some math for you:

    3812 lbs =ATS-V Sedan
    -3630 lbs =BMW M3 (auto)
    ———————————–
    182 lbs difference NOT 440 lbs.

    Even if it is a manual, the difference is still only 237 lbs. The weights above are directly from their manufacturer’s sites:
    http://www.cadillac.com/v-series/ats-v-sedan/dimensions.html
    http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Content/Vehicles/2017/M/M3Sedan/Features_and_Specs/M3SedanSpecifications.aspx

  • ty

    yep, because drag racing means something….. to Americans

    • Hugh Jorgan

      If drag racing is an American thing why do ALL Euro and Asian car sites and car buffs discuss 1/4 mile and 0-100 km times.

  • PAn

    In this particular race, the BMW driver had fallen asleep.

    • Hugh Jorgan

      You may be right, I think the BMW lulled in to dozing off.

  • diehard

    First off there was only 0.025 seconds difference in elapsed time.
    Fallen asleep really doesn’t change the elapsed time. Reaction time is not included in elapsed time.
    The difference in the final times was less than the difference between a manual and an auto. Just saying.

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