LA LIVE: 2016 Cadillac ATS-V

Offered as a coupe and as a sedan, the ATS-V packs 455 horsepower and 425 lb-ft. of torque.

Cadillac has introduced the 2016 ATS-V at the Los Angeles Motor Show. Aimed squarely at the BMW M3/M4, the ATS-V is offered as both a coupe and a sedan.

As expected, most of the ATS' base styling carries over to the V model but there are some major changes at the front and the back of the car.

Up front, mesh inserts that fill the ATS' upper and lower grille openings and a carbon fiber splitter give the car a decidedly sporty look. A thin air inlet integrated into the top of the car's chrome grille surround adds a finishing touch to the performance-inspired look. Out back, the ATS-V wears quad exhaust outlets and a large spoiler.

The interior benefits from a digital instrument cluster, Recaro bucket seats for the front passengers and a meatier three-spoke steering wheel. The ATS-V can be ordered with the Performance Data Recorder that debuted on the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

The hood of the ATS-V sports a power bulge and a large vent to help extract heat from the engine bay. Lurking underneath is a twin-turbocharged version of Cadillac's 3.6-liter V6 engine tuned to generate 455 horsepower and 425 lb-ft. of torque, enough to send the coupe from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 155 mph.

The V6 spins the rear wheels via either a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic unit controlled by shift paddles. General Motors' Magnetic Ride Control helps the driver make the most of the power, while massive Brembo brakes on all four corners bring the action to a stop.

The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V will go on sale across the nation next spring. Pricing information will be published in the weeks leading up to its on-sale date.

Live images by Brian Williams.

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