They say that time flies when you are having fun and I can most certainly vouch for that. You see, I was fortunate enough to snag the key of our long-termer from Amit for its last week with us and liked the Cadillac so much that my time with it felt far shorter than seven days.
You don’t just jump into the ATS-V, crank it up and go. No, it demands your total attention first and you may find yourself circling the saloon for several minutes, taking in its aesthetic beauty, like I was. I was staring at it head on, then falling to my knees to get closer to its carbon fibre front lip (brutalised by the boss...), then walking slowly to the back after taking in the high beltline of the profile until I was eye-to-eye with those massive exhaust tips. My favourite feature, however, is the pumped-up bonnet because you know that bulge means this model is hiding a potent motor with some serious firepower.
And so it proved, but the way in which this car seemingly pulls-in the horizon is at first rather startling. This isn’t your grandfather’s Cadillac — you know, the models from the Seventies with the marshmallow-like suspension and floaty ride with the ability to hit 100kph from rest eventually. This model caters for enthusiasts who demand rip-roaring performance and who have had enough of the BMW M3 crowd. Is there even such a group? Well, there will be now because the ATS-V doesn’t just offer similar ballistic performance, but at Dh265,000 it’s incredibly good value for money, too.
Looks are subjective but if you were to put this American next to the German, it’d stick out like a sore thumb. Visually, it might strike some as over the top but it sure has the dynamic capability to back up its aggressive styling. It’s a brilliant car and I am sad to see it go, but I did notice that since it’s been parked under the belting sun, the cabin emits a strange smell. Perhaps the materials are not up to the level that befits the Cadillac badge. I sure won’t miss driving with the windows down for the first two minutes...
Week 3 The new 3.6-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine is superb with a great spread of torque across the rev range. In fact, off the mark it feels more rapid than the 640-horsepower CTS-V.
Highs Has real carbon fibre trim!
Lows Gearbox isn’t snappy enough.
Week 2 As Fadi drives past a camouflaged Alfa Romeo Giulia on Shaikh Zayed Road, the driver and the passenger of the Italian saloon wave at him in appreciation. That fortuitous meeting was interesting as although the Giulia has likely been benchmarked against the C 63 and the M3, the ATS-V is also going to be a direct competitor to the Italian sports saloon when it hits regional showrooms.
Highs Good looks, performance.
Lows Air conditioner failed.