The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2014, with a 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that produces 455 bhp and 603 Nm of torque. Now an even more powerful, ATS-V+ is on its way.
A fresh report from Motor Trend claims that the Cadillac ATS-V+ will be powered by a 7.0-liter LS7 V8 naturally aspirated engine adapted from the fifth-gen Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 and C6 Z06. Hand-built like the Mercedes-AMG engines, the LS7 on the Camaro Z/28 produces 505 hp and 481 lb.-ft. of torque.
According to the report, even if the LS7 was plonked straight into the ATS-V+ without updates, it would be more powerful and lighter than the ATS-V’s twin-turbo V6 powerplant. The standard V model can be had with either a 6-speed manual transmission or and 8-speed automatic transmission. The V+ model will have transmission options of a 7-speed manual from the Corvette, and an 8-speed automatic. A DCT gearbox for quicker-shifts can be expected to arrive later.