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    V8 conversion

    Does anyone know of any tuners who are offering a V8 conversion for the new ATS ?

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    Re: V8 conversion

    We convert/transplant anything you can imagine, but cost is a factor to make sure you want to deal with such a swap. Easier to just modify it to what you want. What are your goals?

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    Re: V8 conversion

    In my opinion the ATS is all (mostly all) about driving dynamic, unless you can get a V-8 light enough, get something else if you want to go fast in a straight line. Some reviewers even say going to the V-6 minimally affects handling; just my two cents. Wait for the ATS-V (probably 2015) and see what Cadillac comes up with, but I'm guessing twin-turbo V-6 (and probably rightfully so).

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    Quote Originally Posted by SC2150
    We convert/transplant anything you can imagine, but cost is a factor to make sure you want to deal with such a swap. Easier to just modify it to what you want. What are your goals?
    I really want the LSA from the CTS-V but with more horsepower than it makes in the CTS-V . I love V8's and their smoothness and power and really feel that the ATS isn't a true performance car or a proper Cadillac without one .

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    Re: V8 conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by studio caddi View Post
    I really want the LSA from the CTS-V but with more horsepower than it makes in the CTS-V . I love V8's and their smoothness and power and really feel that the ATS isn't a true performance car or a proper Cadillac without one .
    remember, the CTS didn't have a V8 the first year either, that's what the CTS-V was for. Since the ATS is brand new, there's still going to be a bit of time before its reversed engineered to be able to swap in new engines. Heck, the 1st gen CTS is still a challenge to try and pull it off with all the car's systems still working properly.

    For now, I'd hold out to see what the aftermarket does tune and upgrade wise and then see if you still feel the desire for an engine swap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by studio caddi View Post

    I really want the LSA from the CTS-V but with more horsepower than it makes in the CTS-V . I love V8's and their smoothness and power and really feel that the ATS isn't a true performance car or a proper Cadillac without one .
    Well then, why bother with the ATS at all? This car is too small according to the stupid "proper Cadillac" argument...
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    Quote Originally Posted by C&C View Post
    Some reviewers even say going to the V-6 minimally affects handling;
    It will. I went from a Camaro LT to a Camaro SS, and the handling difference was very noticeable. Not the V6 Camaro necessarily handled better (though I think it did, slightly) but it's a different feel. The LT was more neutral while the SS tends to understeer heavily. And I think the steering feedback was a little better with the V6 (I had the exact same tires on both cars) though the limits are much higher overall with the SS.

    Not that this has anything to do with the ATS; just my point that different submodels can most certainly handle differently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thebigjimsho

    Well then, why bother with the ATS at all? This car is too small according to the stupid "proper Cadillac" argument...
    Well the size really doesn't have anything to do with the any Cadillac being a proper Cadillac ! It's how the car drives,handles and how it rides that makes a Cadillac a proper Cadillac .

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    Re: V8 conversion

    The definition of a "proper Cadillac" depends greatly on which decade you are looking at.
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    Re: V8 conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyH View Post
    The definition of a "proper Cadillac" depends greatly on which decade you are looking at.
    Amen! When the cimmaron...err chevy cavalier w/caddy badges came out it all went to heck.

    Those of us that grew up w/the 50's and 60's caddy's developed a love affair with the big quality boats of that era. The oil embargo of the 70's brought some bad changes caddy regrets I'm sure.


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    Re: V8 conversion

    The ATS is all about 50/50 weight distribution, I would stick to a 2.0t or a V6. Todays engines are a lot more efficent before in the sense of power. Most V6 engines can outrun most V8 of today.

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    This is exactly what Cadillac wanted to accomplish with the ATS, just pure driving dynamics, great road to driver steering response, and ample horsepower to cover the concept.

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    Re: V8 conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by studio caddi View Post
    Well the size really doesn't have anything to do with the any Cadillac being a proper Cadillac ! It's how the car drives,handles and how it rides that makes a Cadillac a proper Cadillac .
    Then go buy a Town Car. Those Cadillacs don't exist anymore...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeFKMC
    The ATS is all about 50/50 weight distribution, I would stick to a 2.0t or a V6. Todays engines are a lot more efficent before in the sense of power. Most V6 engines can outrun most V8 of today.

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    This is exactly what Cadillac wanted to accomplish with the ATS, just pure driving dynamics, great road to driver steering response, and ample horsepower to cover the concept.
    Really? Most v6's? I'd say its the other way around. LS3, LSA, LS7, LS9 cars are some of the fastest on the road. The new GT500, the coyote 5.0 are both capably fast engines. The V8 in the M3, the V8 in the RS5... The "fast" V6's that come to mind are the GTR V6TT, the S4 V6T, the 335 v6TT, and Taurus SHO. I think you jumped a little far with most V6s...

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    He's probably not wrong. I bet most V8 today are in pickups, vans, and SUVs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyH
    He's probably not wrong. I bet most V8 today are in pickups, vans, and SUVs.
    Yes, but why would you compare high performance V6s with trucks, vans, and SUVs?

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