The End Is Nigh for Cadillac’s Euro Slayers, ATS and CTS

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Cadillac ATS-V

With the Cadillac ATS-V sedan getting the chop this year, the CTS-V isn’t far behind. But the good news is prices are dropping already.

Alas, twilight has arrived for America’s answer to the European luxury sports cars. It’s been on the cards for a while now that Cadillac’s ATS and CTS will be replaced by one mid-sized sedan model. Now we have confirmation from Jalopnik that all versions of the ATS except the coupe will be taken out back and shot. That means goodbye to the excellent high-performance twin-turbo V6 ATS-V sedan version, and no doubt the coupe next. That means it’s highly likely the larger CTS and it’s bonkers supercharged 6.2L LT4 CTS-V version aren’t long for this world either.

Right now, there are some bargain 2018 ATS-V’s out there with nice rebates offered. We’ve even come across some 2016 and 2017 models still sitting in dealers lots with cash on the hood and even more negotiable price tags. The trunk may be a bit small, the rear leg room not quite ideal, but when it comes to hitting the road the ATS-V has all the panache and performance of a BMW M car but without using your wallet as a punchbag. Cadillac ATS-V vs. BMW M3 M4 First Drive Review Test Comparison

With the Cadillac CTS models most likely being next for the chopping block, it’s a terrible thing to hope for, but that’s where it’ll become most interesting. Older CTS-Vs are already an absolute bargain, and we know what can be done with an LSA. However, delivery mileage 2017 and 2018 model years with their 640 horsepower supercharged 6.2L LT4 lumps make for even more interesting propositions. Already 2016’s with under 10k on the clock are floating around at the $50k mark. If you want to go a few years older, the CTS-V is truly in the sweet spot for a luxury performance sedan you can pour a little extra power into without sweating to much.


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Not only will bigger incentives on new ones be tantalizing but, long-term we suspect they will become quite the collector’s items. Much like a rich deceased relative you never really knew, the CTS-V’s passing could leave something rather valuable behind.

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Ian Wright has been a professional writer for two years and is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum, Jaguar Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

His obsession with cars started young and has left him stranded miles off-road in Land Rovers, being lost far from home in hot hatches, going sideways in rallycross cars, being propelled forward in supercars and, more sensibly, standing in fields staring at classic cars. His first job was as a mechanic and then trained as a driving instructor before going into media production.

The automotive itch never left though, and he realized writing about cars is his true calling. However, that doesn’t stop him from also hosting the Both Hand Drive podcast.

Ian can be reached at [email protected]

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