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    Cadillac Is Working On A RWD Sedan To Sit Below ATS


    • Cadillac May Have A Wolf Among the Sheep in the Entry-Level Luxury Class

    The entry-level luxury class could be getting a model from Cadillac.

     

    Dave Leone, Cadillac executive chief engineer said in an interview with Road & Track that they are developing a new sedan to sit under ATS.

     

    "We are working on something below ATS," said Leone.

     

    Leone didn't go into further details about the vehicle but did say "one of our strengths in sedans is that we are known for being rear-wheel drive."

     

    Road & Track speculates the new sedan will use the Alpha rear-drive platform. This gives a Cadillac an edge as all of the entry-level luxury sedans are front-wheel drive based. But using Alpha introduces a big problem. As we have noted in our two ATS reviews, the back seat is quite tight for being a compact luxury sedan. Shrinking it down to something smaller could make the back seat useless.

     

    Price is also a concern since are either below or start at the $30,000 mark. However Cadillac could make a case for using Alpha on a $30,000 vehicle since the Chevrolet Camaro - based on Alpha as well - starts at $25,700.

     

    We'll be keeping an eye on this developing story.

     

    Source: Road & Track

     

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    And with this news, five dollars says the people who say Cadillac is behind Germany for not having a small RWD car will now say Cadillac just can't compete because it uses Chevy underpinnings.

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    And with this news, five dollars says the people who say Cadillac is behind Germany for not having a small RWD car will now say Cadillac just can't compete because it uses Chevy underpinnings.

    I would wager that your wager is spot on. lol

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    So Very true, but then if Cadillac has a RWD sub compact luxury car. Does that not mean MB and BMW are failing due to their FWD appliances in that same category? Wonder how one will move his goal posts to justify that MB is still superior to Cadillac?

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    So Very true, but then if Cadillac has a RWD sub compact luxury car. Does that not mean MB and BMW are failing due to their FWD appliances in that same category? Wonder how one will move his goal posts to justify that MB is still superior to Cadillac?

    No, I think that will be the point where the ship is jumped and now FWD is supperior to RWD.. in smaller cars****. But if there is anything  luxury about it it MUST, I repeat, MUST be RWD ONLY. Or at least "60-70%" of the power must go to the rear. 

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    Rear drive should give Cadillac an advantage in this segment. I'd also venture to guess that if they start this car at $30,000, they can move the ATS up to about $36,000 and drop the 2.5 liter base engine.

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    And with this news, five dollars says the people who say Cadillac is behind Germany for not having a small RWD car will now say Cadillac just can't compete because it uses Chevy underpinnings.

     

     

    Eff 'em. The Chevy underpinnings of today are on par with anything the Germans have.. The Alpha based Camaro, the Zeta based SS, the current Epsilons Impala and Malibu.. even the D2XX (Cruze/Volt) is a force to be reckoned with.

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    Rear drive should give Cadillac an advantage in this segment. I'd also venture to guess that if they start this car at $30,000, they can move the ATS up to about $36,000 and drop the 2.5 liter base engine.

     

     

    I think that my educated prediction from a few weeks back, base don JDN's words, is that this vehicle.. ready for launch late '17, as an '18 model.. will be of similar size internally to the current ATS, while the ATS(CT3) gets a size bump in line with the ATS-L.. price??? How much U wanna bet maximum on the CT3 will be a +$700 bump from the previous year of teh ATS. This sub-ATS will come in at a relative $29,999

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    Rear drive should give Cadillac an advantage in this segment. I'd also venture to guess that if they start this car at $30,000, they can move the ATS up to about $36,000 and drop the 2.5 liter base engine.

     

     

    I think that my educated prediction from a few weeks back, base don JDN's words, is that this vehicle.. ready for launch late '17, as an '18 model.. will be of similar size internally to the current ATS, while the ATS(CT3) gets a size bump in line with the ATS-L.. price??? How much U wanna bet maximum on the CT3 will be a +$700 bump from the previous year of teh ATS. This sub-ATS will come in at a relative $29,999

     

    If waz u iz sayin' iz tru...WTF is Cadillac doing offering cars in this price range?

     

    I read your insight about the 500 000 units for Cadillac versus Balthazar's, and I must admit, I agree with your vision rather than his, however...in a situation like this...Im with Balthazar and in no way in hell do I want Cadillac to attain 500 000 units with cars that are mostly sold in this price range...THIS does NOT make Cadillac top tier luxury. THIS makes Cadillac more like BMW...hell, more like Chevy....(yeah...I dont really care that it will have RWD)

     

    I envision Cadillac to become THE world's most prolific and most luxurious brand in the world.

    I envision Cadillac to be the Standard of the World again. Full of obnoxious entities that piss of the poor. Because, top 1%ers live a life of luxury that the poor are envious of, but are so over the top that that also pisses them off. And THAT is where I want Cadillac to be. However...

     

    I DONT envision Cadillac selling Cadillacs even below in price to the Buick Envision... (yes...Pun very much intended)

     

    Hell...with the Buick Avista shown,and potentially being built Im having a hard time accepting a Cadillac ATS coupe or sedan even being sold at Cadillac...let alone car smaller and less expensive than an ATS. Id rather have Buick sell the Alpha platformed car...

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    Hmmm, I am under 6' and struggle getting into an ATS....so this must be for elves.

    How much do you weigh? It's relevant... As the volume of the car is not just vertical. I'm 6'3..220 lbs... Handsome as EFF.. And I sat in an ATSV and drive it like it was made for me from the start. Was the rear less than my Impala.. Eff yeah.. But if U have to ride in the rear of anything I drive.. Sit back and ride.. Complain? Get the Eff out

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    The utter lunacy of this reported move is that the CLA & ATS are already the same identical size AND there is no 'size gap' between the ATS & CTS…. so for the billion dollar program to (AGAIN) replace the entry level Cadillac sedan with yet another, then elbow all other models above it up in size AGAIN….. I have no words other than stupidstupidstupidstupidstupid.

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    Rear drive should give Cadillac an advantage in this segment. I'd also venture to guess that if they start this car at $30,000, they can move the ATS up to about $36,000 and drop the 2.5 liter base engine.

     

     

    I think that my educated prediction from a few weeks back, base don JDN's words, is that this vehicle.. ready for launch late '17, as an '18 model.. will be of similar size internally to the current ATS, while the ATS(CT3) gets a size bump in line with the ATS-L.. price??? How much U wanna bet maximum on the CT3 will be a +$700 bump from the previous year of teh ATS. This sub-ATS will come in at a relative $29,999

     

    If waz u iz sayin' iz tru...WTF is Cadillac doing offering cars in this price range?

     

    I read your insight about the 500 000 units for Cadillac versus Balthazar's, and I must admit, I agree with your vision rather than his, however...in a situation like this...Im with Balthazar and in no way in hell do I want Cadillac to attain 500 000 units with cars that are mostly sold in this price range...THIS does NOT make Cadillac top tier luxury. THIS makes Cadillac more like BMW...hell, more like Chevy....(yeah...I dont really care that it will have RWD)

     

    I envision Cadillac to become THE world's most prolific and most luxurious brand in the world.

    I envision Cadillac to be the Standard of the World again. Full of obnoxious entities that piss of the poor. Because, top 1%ers live a life of luxury that the poor are envious of, but are so over the top that that also pisses them off. And THAT is where I want Cadillac to be. However...

     

    I DONT envision Cadillac selling Cadillacs even below in price to the Buick Envision... (yes...Pun very much intended)

     

    Hell...with the Buick Avista shown,and potentially being built Im having a hard time accepting a Cadillac ATS coupe or sedan even being sold at Cadillac...let alone car smaller and less expensive than an ATS. Id rather have Buick sell the Alpha platformed car...

     

     

     

     

    I agree. Cadillac should be offering cars no less than $30K.. but then again.. neither should Benz.. or BMW.. but more so Audi . I hate to admit it.. but in terms of pricing Lexus is the one to watch.. the one to emulate. The ES. comes in at $38K :stupid:  The Lacrosse from Buick comes in at $31K. No way a Cadillac or Benz should be stickering under that.. but the Luxury leader, Mercedes, does just that with the CLA... OH.. edit.. the CLA is now coming in at $32K. I would like to change my original post.. the sub-ATS will come in at $30,999. 

     

    But here's the thing... price could be higher by 2018.. as I said.. "A RELATIVE $29,999"  meaning its equivalent 2 years from now. Again.. I don't they need a sub ATS unless its a niche sports car. I personally always though the Saturn Sky should have been a Cadillac instead. It looked the Art and Science part IMO. Benz needs a sub-C_Class due to CAFE and Euro standards.. Cadillac being a part of the corporate umbrella has Buick-Opel-Vaux/Chevy-Holden/GMC to pull that weight. 

     

    CADILLAC is LUXURY ON PAR WITH BMW, BENZ, AND AUDI, just selling with a Jaguar limited line-up and no marketing. No one I kno, wealthy or not, has yet to tell me that they didn't consider Cadillac luxury. Many have told me that Cadillac simply did not have all of the types of vehicles they were looking to buy when they went onto the showroom floor. With every year we see Cadillac pushing forward with new product that will hopefully fix this issue. 

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    The utter lunacy of this reported move is that the CLA & ATS are already the same identical size AND there is no 'size gap' between the ATS & CTS…. so for the billion dollar program to (AGAIN) replace the entry level Cadillac sedan with yet another, then elbow all other models above it up in size AGAIN….. I have no words other than stupidstupidstupidstupidstupid.

     

     

    I agree. This car better be anything, but a normal sedan miniaturized. The only way I would give it a pass is if they plan on doing what I posted above.. make the ATS the CT2, the ATS-L the CT4.. That would shut some mouths up about rear legroom. I already believe the current CTS is going on Omega and staying exterior size-wise, the same, while taking on more generous interior space. 

     

    Side-Bar: I have to give BMW props for the 3Series and 4Series combo. Wonder why 3Series sales are down?? I bet it has to do with the 4Series GC being on sale looking so much better.. so much beefier, so much more modern.. and all they seemingly did was use a throw-away sketch that was going to their shredder and said.. "Let's make this one too..." :thumbsup:

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    So a CT0?   If the ATS sedan becomes the CT2, ATS coupe becomes CT3, and the CTS becomes the CT4... 

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    So a CT0?   If the ATS sedan becomes the CT2, ATS coupe becomes CT3, and the CTS becomes the CT4... 

     

     

    I think that BMW thru convention of the door. Having the Grand Coupes in the mix pretty much makes the 4 Series and 6 Series Sedans. I wouldn;t be surprised if the Sedan version of both of those cars are out selling the original Coupe versions. The 4Series outselling the 3Series isn't far off.. and it is proof positive about what I've been saying about Variants.. as the 4 Series beat the 3series in December... I bet because it comes as a Sedan, Coupe, and Convertible... not to mention is better looking.

     

    YUP: I was correct: The 6Series GC is Outselling the Coupe 2:1 also another Link : 

     

     

     

     According to BMW, further ammunition for this cars business case lies in the fact that their 6 Series Gran Coupe outsells its coupe and convertible siblings by quite a margin

     

     

     

     

    I expect the CT0 is an attempt by some as being funny. Its not gonna happen. The Line-Up will most likely be:

     

    CT2= This Sub-ATS

    CT3= ATS

    CT4= ATS Coupe with a possible "GC" 

    CT5=CTS

    CT6

    CT7= El Miraj Coupe (Think S-Class Coupe)

    CT8= a Possible Sedan Version (Think S-Class)

    CT9= a possible Pullman competitor

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    I applaud Cadillac for this, and I'm thrilled with the prospect of another small RWD sedan. But I'm having difficulty seeing how this will work. It seems like using the Alpha platform for this wouldn't allow for a car to be appreciably smaller than the ATS. And still be usable, anyway. It may not be a point of contention for many, but the BMW 3 Series is much roomier in the back than the ATS. It truly leaves room for a car to slot below it. With the ATS already being so tight, and starting so low in price, I wonder about the merit of this decision. Perhaps it'll use a new, smaller platform, instead? That would be awesome.

     

    As for the rest in the segment, the CLA is far removed from anything resembling a compact sport sedan, and it remains to be seen whether BMW's foray into this segment will be FWD or RWD. There are conflicting reports at this time, so it's hard to call. If it's a FWD UKL chassis-based car, Cadillac will certainly have an upper-hand here. Will be interesting to see how this plays out.

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    Using the latest thin seat design, they should be able to pull off a new Sub Compact ATS with rear seat room, then the ATS becomes the BTS :P

     

    Personally, I would rather they ignore the subcompact car and just have ATS on up. I am more than happy with a CT3 to CT9 product line.

     

    Buick should be covering the Sub-Compact space. Wake up Johan, your f'ing up again.

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    Well...if a CT2 vehicle is in play and "smaller" than an ATS (CT3), then my dream Cadillac is as follows.

     

    CT1 = A Saturn Sky type roadster to do battle with the upcoming new BMW Z5. Obviously on the Alpha platform and obviously heavily engineered from the Camaro...but  the CT1 being a real 2 seater as the Camaro technically has seats in the back.

     

    CT2 = This sub ATS..I want it to be as close to as possible in all specs to the BMW 2 Series and M2. Length, wheelbase and performance.

     

    CT3 = ATS, slightly larger than what it is now, but slightly smaller than a current BMW 3 Series.

     

    CT4 = ATS coupe. Slightly larger than what it is now, but slightly smaller than what a BMW 4 Series is. Nix the Buick Avista, let this Buick Avista morph into an ATS coupe with a definite "GC" model.

     

    CT5 = CTS

     

    CT6 =  In the very near future, let this CT6 evolve into a BMW 6 Series GC and a  M-B CLS 63 competitor.

     

    CT7 = El Miraj....and call it the El Miraj if Eldorado is deemed to old phogeyish!

     

    CT8 = S Class competitor. And call it whatever...but not effin CT8. 

     

    CT9 = Roll Royce competitor,  M-B Pullman/Maybach... And call it whatever you want, just dont call it CT8. Rolls Royce and Bentley both have actual names in tjis category,...Cadillac should do the same thing here...Call it the Sixteen.  

      

    CT10 = A convertible...like the Ciel...and call it the Ciel. Either a 2 door, but Id rather a 4 door convertible exactly like the Ciel, based on the CT7/CT8/CT9.

     

    An electric/hybrid supercar along the lines of a Mercedes SLS/Gullwing, without the actual Gullwings and call that car the Evoq. Or Provoq.

     

    Escalade remains...in the very essence of what an Escalade is all about with the name intact!

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    Well...if a CT2 vehicle is in play and "smaller" than an ATS (CT3), then my dream Cadillac is as follows.

     

    CT1 = A Saturn Sky type roadster to do battle with the upcoming new BMW Z5. Obviously on the Alpha platform and obviously heavily engineered from the Camaro...but  the CT1 being a real 2 seater as the Camaro technically has seats in the back.

     

    CT2 = This sub ATS..I want it to be as close to as possible in all specs to the BMW 2 Series and M2. Length, wheelbase and performance.

     

    CT3 = ATS, slightly larger than what it is now, but slightly smaller than a current BMW 3 Series.

     

    CT4 = ATS coupe. Slightly larger than what it is now, but slightly smaller than what a BMW 4 Series is. Nix the Buick Avista, let this Buick Avista morph into an ATS coupe with a definite "GC" model.

     

    CT5 = CTS

     

    CT6 =  In the very near future, let this CT6 evolve into a BMW 6 Series GC and a  M-B CLS 63 competitor.

     

    CT7 = El Miraj....and call it the El Miraj if Eldorado is deemed to old phogeyish!

     

    CT8 = S Class competitor. And call it whatever...but not effin CT8. 

     

    CT9 = Roll Royce competitor,  M-B Pullman/Maybach... And call it whatever you want, just dont call it CT8. Rolls Royce and Bentley both have actual names in tjis category,...Cadillac should do the same thing here...Call it the Sixteen.  

      

    CT10 = A convertible...like the Ciel...and call it the Ciel. Either a 2 door, but Id rather a 4 door convertible exactly like the Ciel, based on the CT7/CT8/CT9.

     

    An electric/hybrid supercar along the lines of a Mercedes SLS/Gullwing, without the actual Gullwings and call that car the Evoq. Or Provoq.

     

    Escalade remains...in the very essence of what an Escalade is all about with the name intact!

     

     

    I like where you're going with this, but I think there would be too much overlap at the top end. There needs to be a proper S Class competitor, and something above it, but Idk about both of those, an El Miraj, and Ciel. I think one of the latter would have to serve as one of the former.

     

    And while we're at it, let's see a Cien-esque supercar.

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    Well, the El Miraj is a coupe, the Ciel would be a convertible version of the coupe.

     

    Or the Ciel would be a 4 door convertible of the CT8 or CT9 sedans.

     

    But OK...a Cien-esque super car sounds like a product the world has never seen before. Im all for it!

     

    And, looking back at my list and Casa's list, this is why I still think this naming scheme has Cadillac backed into a corner.

     

    CT2...sub ATS car

     

    Where does a coupe version go?  CT1?

     

    OK...I guess Cadillac wont do any kind of roadster, then...what about convertibles? I guess a new letter will be added, like XT for SUVs...

     

    CT3 is ATS

    CT4 is ATS coupe

     

    CT5 is CTS sedan...

    I guess no CT5 coupe?   cool,  but they do need a BMW 6 Series coupe and  6 SeriesGC competitor...remember, the CT6 is a mid-sized sedan...slightly larger than the current CTS...

    A new letter shall be added?

     

    OK...CT4 and CT7 disagrees with that...

     

    CT7 as far as we know WILL be an El Miraj type coupe...

     

    CT8 is a sedan as so is a CT9....quite possibly...

     

     

    This new naming scheme SUCKS!

    Casa, you could make fun of CT0, but this is where its going...and CT10 and CT11 and CT12 just sounds stupid! Actually...so does CT6 and CT4...

     

    Ive posted something similar before, I aint going down that road again....but I wish Johan would clear up this mess his predecessors created.

    I have faith in him products wise, and Drew has cleared up the confusion that it wasnt Johan to start the alphanumeric CT stuff, I hope he realizes that CT2, CT3, CT4 and so on does not exactly leave much room for logical expansions.

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    Maybe the sub ATS will be offered in a hatchback.  I don't think anyone has a rear drive hot hatch, so it would be unique.  The CLA is 183 inches long, but it also has fwd overhang also, a rwd chassis would have less.  If you look back to the 2002-2007 C-class or the early 2000s 3-series they were about 178 inches long.  Cadillac could make a 179 inch long car, plus if it is 4-cylinder only you don't have as much weight or hood space to worry about.  The ATS could be 184 inches long and there is still a size gap (and power gap) between it and the new car.

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    How much do you weigh? It's relevant... As the volume of the car is not just vertical. I'm 6'3..220 lbs... Handsome as EFF.. And I sat in an ATSV and drive it like it was made for me from the start. Was the rear less than my Impala.. Eff yeah.. But if U have to ride in the rear of anything I drive.. Sit back and ride.. Complain? Get the Eff out

     

    While the backseat is snug in the ATS, that is true of all models in its class and there is more than enough room in the front. I am 5'10", 215 lbs. and I had room to spare up front. The back will always depend on who you are sitting behind but again, this is true of models in the ATS's class.

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    GM did something like this in a very different vein but with a striking level of execution of core deliverables - the kind that could make this plan work.

     

    Look at how the new Camaro SS became almost as good in many areas as the old gen Camaro Z28.

     

    So what Cadillac has to do is just take the ATS RWD winning formula, and shrink the outside while keeping the interior space exactly the same, and just transplant the interior. The ATS interior quality is superior to the CLA, so they don't need to kill themselves over it.

     

    So...what the car really would be is the class leading compact sport sedan if BMW hadn't thrown its curveball of larger size and improved interior quality with the F30 generation. The C Class Benz built on that even more. And it appears that the A4 also has an interior that could have just as easily been in a current A6.

     

    And then if the car performs 100% as good as the ATS 2.5 in its base model, then it's all done and good, and its the right product. 

     

    What I think Cadillac could do to make some room for this model is to use either the 1.5T or 1.6T (from the Cascada).

     

    They should make the VSport version of the car get a 2.0T. 

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      Automotive Fleet magazine named Malibu “Fleet Car of the Year”. GM Fleet sales were up 19 percent versus last November. Fleet sales were 22 percent of GM’s sales for the month. Commercial deliveries were up 11 percent for the month and it was the best November Commercial sales since 2008. Malibu Commercial deliveries were up 170 percent versus last November. Small Business deliveries were up 15 percent for the month versus last November, driven by large vans, which were up 93 percent and large pickups, which were up 16 percent versus last November. Federal government sales were up 9 percent versus last November. Rental sales were up 27 percent versus last November but are down 25 percent CYTD, according to plan. GM’s outlook on its daily rental sales mix remains in the 11 percent range of total U.S. sales for 2016 and daily rental sales for the year are expected to be down about 75,000 vehicles. Industry Sales
      GM estimates that the seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles in November was approximately 17.9 million units. On a calendar year-to-date basis, GM estimates the light-vehicle SAAR was 17.5 million units.
    • By William Maley
      It has been 14 years since Cadillac competed in endurance racing with the Northstar LMP at the 24 Hours of Lemans. But next year at the 24 Hours of Daytona, Cadillac will once again compete.
      The automaker announced today that it will take part in the new Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship with the Cadillac DPi-V.R. Cadillac's DPi is based on the Dallara LMP2 chassis. Thanks to new regulations, Cadillac and other manufacturers are able to make changes to certain exterior parts to help make their vehicle stand out.
      Power comes from a naturally-aspirated 6.2L dry-sump V8 with 600 horsepower. This engine was used in the Corvette Daytona Prototypes. Curb weight is a light 2,050 pounds.
      "Cadillac’s V-Performance production models – the ATS-V and CTS-V – are transforming our brand’s product substance, earning a place among the world’s elite high-performance marques. The Cadillac DPi-V.R further strengthened our V-Performance portfolio, placing Cadillac into the highest series of sports car racing in North America," said Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen.
      Action Express Racing and Wayne Taylor Racing will field the Cadillac DPi-V.R.
      Source: IMSA

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    • By William Maley
      It has been 14 years since Cadillac competed in endurance racing with the Northstar LMP at the 24 Hours of Lemans. But next year at the 24 Hours of Daytona, Cadillac will once again compete.
      The automaker announced today that it will take part in the new Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship with the Cadillac DPi-V.R. Cadillac's DPi is based on the Dallara LMP2 chassis. Thanks to new regulations, Cadillac and other manufacturers are able to make changes to certain exterior parts to help make their vehicle stand out.
      Power comes from a naturally-aspirated 6.2L dry-sump V8 with 600 horsepower. This engine was used in the Corvette Daytona Prototypes. Curb weight is a light 2,050 pounds.
      "Cadillac’s V-Performance production models – the ATS-V and CTS-V – are transforming our brand’s product substance, earning a place among the world’s elite high-performance marques. The Cadillac DPi-V.R further strengthened our V-Performance portfolio, placing Cadillac into the highest series of sports car racing in North America," said Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen.
      Action Express Racing and Wayne Taylor Racing will field the Cadillac DPi-V.R.
      Source: IMSA
    • By ccap41
      " It's a golden autumn morning in rural upstate New York. Backpacked kids wait by mailboxes for the school bus. I'm driving through pockets of valley mist to New York state's most famous racing circuit, to witness the shakedown testing of a race car so top-secret, it's still wrapped in camouflage.
      After a 14-year absence, Cadillac is readying its return to endurance racing. The last time the American automaker competed in top-level prototype racing was 2002, when the ill-fated Northstar LMP finished 9th at Le Mans. Audi's dominant R8 prototype notched its third consecutive victory at the Circuit de la Sarthe that year.
      Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli were co-drivers in that final Cadillac attempt at Le Mans. They'll both be at the track today. Taylor, 60, has graduated from the driver's seat to run Wayne Taylor Racing, the principal team partner in Cadillac's new motorsports endeavor; Angelelli, 49, shares co-driving duties with Taylor's sons Ricky, 26, and Jordan, 24.
      All four will be responsible for the imminent future of Cadillac endurance racing, in a program that tasks itself with making top-level sports car racing engaging and relatable again. I'm here to learn if Cadillac, and the series itself, can cut it.
      The camouflaged Caddy you see here is officially known as the DPi-V.R. It's built to IMSA's new Daytona Prototype international (DPi) formula, to compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship starting in 2017.
      Think of DPi as an effort to make top-level prototype racing a little more interesting, and relatable, for casual race fans. The cars share a chassis with the LMP2 prototypes that compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, built by one of four approved constructors—Dallara, Onroak Automotive, ORECA or Riley/Multimatic. ..."
      http://www.roadandtrack.com/motorsports/news/a31697/cadillac-dpi-v-r-exclusive-photos/
       




    • By William Maley
      In light of the fatal crash involving a Tesla Model S and Autopilot back in May, automakers are reconsidering their plans for rolling out their autonomous technologies. General Motors was planning to introduce Super Cruise on the Cadillac CT6 sometime next year. But in light of Tesla crash, GM is rethinking their plans.
      “We aren’t putting a specific date on it,” said GM CEO Mary Barra at a cybersecurity conference.
      Officials told The Detroit Bureau later on that the feature would still appear next year. This would be corroborated by a Cadillac spokesman to Motor Trend.
      “Right now, the plan continues to be that we will introduce [super Cruise] in the Cadillac CT6 in calendar year 2017,” said Cadillac spokesman Donny Nordlicht.
      “We want to make sure it is safe for our customers to use and we’ll launch it when we’re confident in the technology,” Nordlicht said. “Our engineers have been testing and validating the technology for the past several years to make sure all of our systems are focused on providing the customer among the most intuitive and safe solutions. We’re not driven by a deadline, we’re driven to make the system customer-friendly and safe so the exact month of introduction cannot be announced at this time.”
      Insiders at GM believe that Super Cruise should be able to avoid some of the problems that plague Tesla's Autopilot. Like Autopilot, Super Cruise blends information from radar and cameras. But Super Cruise will also use a high-definition map that provides more details than what you can get on a current navigation system. This map will help the system determine where the vehicle is and whether it is safe to engage the system. There is also a retina detection system that monitors the driver and will switch off Super Cruise if it detects if the driver isn't paying attention.
      Source: The Detroit Bureau, Motor Trend

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