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Photo credit: Lotus Cars

  • Lotus Advanced Performance is a new division that will create several limited-edition bespoke models.

  • The division is hoping to have both a new car and customer event by the end of the year.

  • Simon Lane, the director of Lotus Advanced Performance, previously lead the similar Aston Martin Q division.

Although Lotus just had its best sales year in a decade, selling 1710 units worldwide in 2021, that's still a small batch of vehicles. But that isn't stopping the company from getting even more exclusive. Lotus has now created a new division called Lotus Advanced Performance (LAP) aimed at creating bespoke cars and experiences for its customers.

We sat down for a chat with Simon Lane, the new director of Lotus Advanced Performance and visionary for the group. Lane comes to Lotus fresh from heading up Aston Martin's similar Q division.

When Lotus announced the new division in February, it released an enticing photo displaying what looks like the rear end of an open-wheel race car with a large wing. Notably, two exhaust pipes can be seen sticking out the back of the teaser car. We think it looks a bit like the Lotus 72, or perhaps the Type 49, but all Lane would deliver was “It’s clearly a very significant car for Lotus.” Excitingly, Lane also told us that, as the rest of Lotus moves toward full electrification, this division is retaining the right to “play” with internal combustion engines, albeit in very low volumes.

LAP isn’t waiting around to get the ball rolling on production. Lane described the division as having four main “product streams,” with motorsport being one. Earlier this spring, it launched its first car, the Emira GT4 as a dedicated track machine based on the Emira mid-engine sports car. Lane told us that talks have started on what the team wants its next motorsport-focused car to look like, but there are no concrete decisions yet. He did explain that the proposed Electric GT series from the FIA is something his team is looking at, though offered no additional clues on that particular front.

Photo credit: Lotus Cars

The second “product stream” or “model line” would develop cars built on existing platforms. That means something on the Emira platform other than the aforementioned GT4, something on the Evija platform, or perhaps a performance version of the upcoming Eletre to compete with other performance SUVs. Bespoke options like unique paint jobs or liveries would also fall into this category.

Here's where things get exciting. The third stream for LAP is set to consist of historic vehicles, both period-correct continuation cars and restomod-style cars with old designs and newer mechanical components.

“I’ve discovered that there are a number of original drawings for cars that were completed in the Colin Chapman era, that never made it off the drawing board,” said Lane. “That’s really exciting, there were some amazing cars that were designed back then. And I think using a blend of original beautiful designs for cars that were designed by Colin, and modern technology offer us the opportunity to develop some really cool cars.”

Photo credit: Lotus Cars

Looking ahead, Lane also told us that LAP is hoping to launch its second car by the end of the year. “I would like to think that you will see something from us by the end of the year,” said Lane. The target for the first bespoke vehicle in the restomod line is later in 2023.

It’s important to note that these will all be incredibly limited in number. We were told that most cars from Lotus Advanced Performance would have less than 100 made, and some would be as low as single digits.

The fourth stream for LAP is in the experiential world with things like track days or tours of the company’s factory at Hethel. This page shows a great example of the sort of experience Lane put on with Aston Martin and works as a marker for what customers can expect Lotus to put on in the coming months and years.

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Killexams : Will The Real UNIX Please Stand Up?
Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie at a PDP-11. Peter Hamer [CC BY-SA 2.0]
Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie at a PDP-11. Peter Hamer [CC BY-SA 2.0]
Last week the computing world celebrated an important anniversary: the UNIX operating system turned 50 years old. What was originally developed in 1969 as a lighter weight timesharing system for a DEC minicomputer at Bell Labs has exerted a huge influence over every place that we encounter computing, from our personal and embedded devices to the unseen servers in the cloud. But in a story that has seen countless twists and turns over those five decades just what is UNIX these days?

The official answer to that question is simple. UNIX® is any operating system descended from that original Bell Labs software developed by Thompson, Ritchie et al in 1969 and bearing a licence from Bell Labs or its successor organisations in ownership of the UNIX® name. Thus, for example, HP-UX as shipped on Hewlett Packard’s enterprise machinery is one of several commercially available UNIXes, while the Ubuntu Linux distribution on which this is being written is not.

When You Could Write Off In The Mail For UNIX On A Tape

The real answer is considerably less clear, and depends upon how much you view UNIX as an ecosystem and how much instead depends upon heritage or specification compliance, and even the user experience. Names such as GNU, Linux, BSD, and MINIX enter the fray, and you could be forgiven for asking: would the real UNIX please stand up?

You too could have sent off for a copy of 1970s UNIX, if you'd had a DEC to run it on. Hannes Grobe 23:27 [CC BY-SA 2.5]
You too could have sent off for a copy of 1970s UNIX, if you’d had a DEC to run it on. Hannes Grobe 23:27 [CC BY-SA 2.5]
In the beginning, it was a relatively contiguous story. The Bell Labs team produced UNIX, and it was used internally by them and eventually released as source to interested organisations such as universities who ran it for themselves. A legal ruling from the 1950s precluded AT&T and its subsidiaries such as Bell Labs from selling software, so this was without charge. Those universities would take their UNIX version 4 or 5 tapes and install it on their DEC minicomputer, and in the manner of programmers everywhere would write their own extensions and improvements to fit their needs. The University of California did this to such an extent that by the late 1970s they had released it as their own distribution, the so-called Berkeley Software Distribution, or BSD. It still contained some of the original UNIX code so was still technically a UNIX, but was a significant departure from that codebase.

UNIX had by then become a significant business proposition for AT&T, owners of Bell Labs, and by extension a piece of commercial software that attracted hefty licence fees once Bell Labs was freed from its court-imposed obligations. This in turn led to developers seeking to break away from their monopoly, among them Richard Stallman whose GNU project started in 1983 had the aim of producing an entirely open-source UNIX-compatible operating system. Its name is a recursive acronym, “Gnu’s Not UNIX“, which states categorically its position with respect to the Bell Labs original, but provides many software components which, while they might not be UNIX as such, are certainly a lot like it. By the end of the 1980s it had been joined in the open-source camp by BSD Net/1 and its descendants newly freed from legacy UNIX code.

“It Won’t Be Big And Professional Like GNU”

In the closing years of the 1980s Andrew S. Tanenbaum, an academic at a Dutch university, wrote a book: “Operating Systems: Design and Implementation“. It contained as its teaching example a UNIX-like operating system called MINIX, which was widely adopted in universities and by enthusiasts as an accessible alternative to UNIX that would run on inexpensive desktop microcomputers such as i386 PCs or 68000-based Commodore Amigas and Atari STs. Among those enthusiasts in 1991 was a University of Helsinki student, Linus Torvalds, who having become dissatisfied with MINIX’s kernel set about writing his own. The result which was eventually released as Linux soon outgrew its MINIX roots and was combined with components of the GNU project instead of GNU’s own HURD kernel to produce the GNU/Linux operating system that many of us use today.

It won't be big and professional like GNU" Linus Torvalds' first announcement of what would become the Linux kernel.
Linus Torvalds’ first announcement of what would become the Linux kernel.

So, here we are in 2019, and despite a few lesser known operating systems and some bumps in the road such as Caldera Systems’ attempted legal attack on Linux in 2003, we have three broad groupings in the mainstream UNIX-like arena. There is “real” closed-source UNIX® such as IBM AIX, Solaris, or HP-UX, there is “Has roots in UNIX” such as the BSD family including MacOS, and there is “Definitely not UNIX but really similar to it” such as the GNU/Linux family of distributions. In terms of what they are capable of, there is less distinction between them than vendors would have you believe unless you are fond of splitting operating-system hairs. Indeed even users of the closed-source variants will frequently find themselves running open-source code from GNU and other origins.

At 50 years old then, the broader UNIX-like ecosystem which we’ll take to include the likes of GNU/Linux and BSD is in great shape. At our level it’s not worth worrying too much about which is the “real” UNIX, because all of these projects have benefitted greatly from the five decades of collective development. But it does raise an interesting question: what about the next five decades? Can a solution for timesharing on a 1960s minicomputer continue to adapt for the hardware and demands of mid-21st-century computing? Our guess is that it will, not in that your UNIX clone in twenty years will be identical to the one you have now, but the things that have kept it relevant for 50 years will continue to do so for the forseeable future. We are using UNIX and its clones at 50 because they have proved versatile enough to evolve to fit the needs of each successive generation, and it’s not unreasonable to expect this to continue. We look forward to seeing the directions it takes.

As always, the comments are open.

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Killexams : The Story of India

Video: Babur conquered Northern India and founded the Mughal Empire

Babur was the founder of the , and his successful raid into India in 1526 established what would become one of the most fabled dynasties in the history of the subcontinent and the world. Zahiruddin Muhammad, known as Babur, was a fierce warrior who was also noted for his love of music, gardens, and poetry. He chronicled his life and exploits in a personal memoir, the Babur-nama. A descendant of the legendary warrior-rulers Genghis Khan and Timur (Tamerlane), he was born in 1483 in the Ferghana region of Central Asia. Babur ascended the throne of his familial kingdom in 1494, following the death of his father, and his territorial ambitions remained focused on Central Asia, most notably the city of Samarkand, which he captured a few times but was never able to hold successfully.

From his base in Kabul, which he gained in 1504, Babur turned his attention to the south and launched five different incursions into northwest India. In 1526, he finally succeeded in toppling the Sultan Ibrahim Lodi of Delhi at the pivotal Battle of Panipat. In the following two years, Babur expanded his territory in northern India by defeating the region's other major power, the Hindu Rajput kings. He died unexpectedly in 1530 and his empire passed onto to his son, Humayun, and his grandson, , who established the political and administrative framework for the Mughal Empire.

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Killexams : A National Treasure

Now that The National Performing Arts Theatre is a work in progress no longer but a completed architectural fact, a colossal, visually stunning fait accompli, everyone wants a peek inside. We are agog, for we are about to get our first peek. Here on a private visit, we are waiting at the main gate to be admitted to the sprawling premises.

Recently, after what felt like ages, the outer wrappings – corrugated sheets on a surrounding fence – were removed. The theatre is now revealed from top to bottom for all to see and admire. Set in a choice part of the city, and towering over just about everything else, the state-of-the-art venue is good to go.
The major construction work – the theatre took four years to build – ended a few months ago, and only some peripheral tidying up remains to be done. A gang of workers is preparing the road and pavement immediately outside the premises. Road rollers are flattening layers of rock stones, gusts of gritty dust are blowing our way, and a hot, stinging smell of molten tar hangs heavy in the air.

Within the premises, beyond the main gate, all is smooth, finished, gleaming, and severely sharp-looking. The sense of great expectations is strong. The colossal National Performing Arts Theatre is a high-value gift from China. It cost Rs. 3,080 million to build. Most of the building materials came from China. Nominally, it is a place for music, dance and drama, but publicity photographs suggest the venue could host other, non-performing arts events too, such as symposiums and award ceremonies, much like China’s other landmark gift to the city of Colombo – the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), built in 1973. Both are magnificent structures, and both commanding presences in the urban landscape.

Previously under a ministry, the theatre is now directly under the President and the Presidential Secretariat, and its administration, security and upkeep has been entrusted to the Three Armed Forces – Army, Air Force, and Navy. The grand opening is scheduled for October.

A swathe of concrete surface, smooth as a rollerblade course, sweeps up to a flight of wide steps rising to the theatre’s elevated main entrance. The glass, wood and concrete structure glitters in the noon sun. From the main road, the venue looks like a gigantic fluted glass vase, waiting to be filled with something special – music, magic, a mystical, cosmic experience.

From on high, should you enjoy a privileged aerial view, you will see a structure that looks like a giant stylized lotus, petals unfolded and open to the sky. According to the National Performing Arts Theatre website, the theatre’s outline is inspired by the lotus ponds of the ancient city of Polonnaruwa.

Right on time, a military vehicle draws up at the main gate and a tall, burly, friendly looking Army officer steps out. This is Colonel Senarath Niwunhella. With him is Lieutenant-Colonel Wishwajith Vidyananda. Both are officers of the Gajaba Regiment, and both, along with Colonel Harendra Peiris, who will arrive later, have been entrusted with the job of administering the venue. The affable Colonel Niwunhella is clearly enjoying his work. “You can be confident,” he beamingly assures us, “that with the Three Forces in charge, the National Performing Arts Theatre will be a very efficient, very stylish operation.”

Lt. Colonel Wishwajith is tasked with showing us around the inside of the theatre. We cross the esplanade and enter the building through a side door that leads to the back of the theatre. We stand in the wings of the grand stage, which is in darkness. We cross the wooden floorboards and stand centre stage.

The space on all sides and above, right up to the ceiling, is enormous. It is like being in the middle of a football field at night. On either side, black stage curtains recede into the distance. In front of us is the cavernous dark of the unlit auditorium. Lt. Colonel Wishwajith gives an order, and a second later the auditorium is gloriously illuminated. It is a magical moment.

We walk up to the edge of the stage and gaze out on a sea of empty seats, waiting to be filled. A capacity audience would have 1,288 persons present. Above the ground floor, which descends in tiers, are two balconies. The setting is wood-panelled, upholstered and carpeted; the colour scheme plum and walnut brown, with silver accents. The ambience is luxurious, warm, inviting. The theatre feels like another world.

Finally, Sri Lankan artistes and audiences have the venue they have been dreaming of – one good and big enough to accommodate the best and biggest of dance troupes, drama groups, and music ensembles, including symphony orchestras.

Lt. Colonel Wishwajith points out special features, such as the series of split levels the stage can assume to suit performance requirements; equipment for spectacular lighting effects; facilities for dramatic aerial/air-borne special effects; a surround-sound system artistically hidden behind decorative metal screens.

“The latest in theatre technology is here,” Lt. Colonel Wishwajith says with pride. “We have had a few artistes visiting, and their first impressions were ecstatic. One was a dancer who spontaneously broke out into a dance across the stage. Another was a musician who fell to his knees and kissed the floor of the stage. They had tears in their eyes. It’s been an emotional experience for them. They say it’s as good as anything you will find in a lot of Western countries, and a lot better than most performing arts venues in the East or Far East. The Chinese designers have incorporated features found in the best of performing arts venues in China.”

From the stage we head up by lift to the first balcony, “reserved only for Very Important Persons”. A young officer, supervised by Lieutenant Shirantha Fernando of the Navy, carries a bag filled with square wood panels on each of which hang dozens of keys, which jingle like an exotic musical instrument as he unlocks door after door. We make our way through a maze of carpeted lobbies, landings, and corridors, past dozens of dressing rooms, and up to the second balcony, and then on to the roof.
The roof is dominated by a central amphitheatre, with a concrete stage facing a half-circle of curved concrete blocks for seating.

The smaller performance space looks good for intimate drama, dance and music. One can picture an ancient Greek or Roman play enacted here, or a small instrumental ensemble performing a programme of Western classical chamber music.

Back on ground level, we are greeted by Colonel Harendra Peiris, who has just arrived. Colonel Peiris, burly and tall like Colonel Niwunella, looks, like the other military officers, please with his theatre posting. “You can be quite sure the National Theatre will be looked after with all the discipline and surveillance skills our men can bring to the job,” he says.

Crossing the esplanade, we look back. It is good to know we will be visiting the venue soon, and for years to come, in anticipation of high quality performing arts events. And it is good to know the National Performing Arts Theatre is in good, capable hands.

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Killexams : Scope of Service

Baylor University Counseling Center

The following outlines the Counseling Center’s scope of service, including services provided and examples of situations that may warrant a transition to a higher level of care or an off-campus provider.

As a university mental health service, Baylor University Counseling Center is equipped to meet a range of unique needs presented by college students.  

Committed to delivering quality care, the professionals at Baylor University Counseling Center provide a range of short-term mental health services to undergraduate and graduate students.

The Counseling Center staff cares about the wellbeing of every Baylor student. All students are welcome to walk into the Counseling Center for an initial assessment to discuss their concerns with a staff member.

Baylor University Counseling Center provides a wide range of therapeutic interventions for Baylor students. When a student’s needs require a more intensive level of care, Baylor University Counseling Center partners with the student to transition to resources within the community.

Situations that may require a transition of care include:

  • A need, or request, to be seen more than once a week for individual therapy.
  • A need, or request, for uninterrupted individual services from semester to semester. 
  • A need, or request, for a treatment modality not provided by BUCC staff.
  • A need, or request, to be seen differently than what is clinically recommended.
  • Individuals who have demonstrated symptom reduction and have met initial treatment goals but desire on-going maintenance support.
  • An indication that short-term therapy would be detrimental or not the optimal treatment for a student.
  • The inability or unwillingness to develop specific short-term therapy goals.
  • Non-compliance with treatment recommendations, including regular session attendance.
  • The presence of one or more of the following, such that the best treatment would be an intensive outpatient program (IOP) or higher level of care:
    • Alcohol and Other Drug Addiction
    • Eating disorders
    • Chronic thoughts and/or attempts of self-injury and/or suicide
  • A request for:
    • Psychological testing or evaluations to attain accommodations through the Office of Access and Learning Accommodations (OALA)
    • Documentation for an emotional support animal

Baylor University Counseling Center is well connected with resources on Baylor’s campus and in the Waco community, and the staff works with students to determine the most effective levels of care for their needs. Our goal is to identify the needs of our students and connect them to the appropriate service. 


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Killexams : How to Develop an Initial Sales Promotion Schedule & Create an Advertising Plan

Lisa McQuerrey has been a business writer since 1987. In 1994, she launched a full-service marketing and communications firm. McQuerrey's work has garnered awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the International Association of Business Communicators and the Associated Press. She is also the author of several nonfiction trade publications, and, in 2012, had her first young-adult novel published by Glass Page Books.

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Killexams : Crisis-hit Bordeaux reach a crucial agreement with investors just four days before their hearing to appeal the decision to relegate the club to the French third division as ...

Crisis-hit Bordeaux reach a crucial agreement with investors just four days before their hearing to appeal the decision to relegate the club to the French third division as they look to end their financial nightmare

  • Bordeaux were relegated to the third decision due to their financial situation
  • The French side have appealed the decision with the hearing set for July 5
  • The club have reached an agreement with investors King Street and Fortress

Bordeaux have reached a crucial agreement with their American investors King Street and Fortress before their appearance to appeal their relegation to the French third division.

The six-time French champions finished rock bottom of Ligue 1 last season so were already set to play in Ligue 2 but their vulnerable financial situation forced the DNCG - France's football watchdog - to relegate them another division to National. 

The decision was met by 'dismay' from the club's hierarchy, who called it a 'brutal' decision, and the club launched an appeal with the hearing before the DNCG committee set to take place on July 5. 

Bordeaux have reached an agreement with their investors before their relegation appeal 

The six-time French champions finished bottom of Ligue 1 last term, racking up just 31 points

Crucially, four days before the club is set to stand before the appeal committee, Bordeaux have struck an agreement with their creditors, according RMC Sport.

'It was a roller coaster but it's signed,' a source told the French publication. 'We responded point by point and in a precise manner to the motivations formulated by the DNCG.'

New owner Gerard Lopez was left desperately seeking help from investors to pump money into the club

The club were understood to have a deficit of around €40million (£34m), leaving new owner Gerard Lopez desperately seeking help from investors to pump money into the club. 

The club's directors have now sent their case to the financial watchdog, who will decide the fate of the club on Tuesday - to stay in National due to the risk of bankruptcy or a second chance in Ligue 2, which starts the new season on July 31. 

The case reportedly outlines an investment of €10m (£8.6m) from the shareholder in the form of a capital increase and a reduction of half of the debt, which stands at €52m (£45m) in total.

In addition, the €8.3m (£7.1m) windfall generated from Monaco's sale of Aurelien Tchouameni to Real Madrid will remain at Bordeaux and not be used to pay off the debt, while a compulsory line of credit of €14m (£12m) has been opened to cover the cost of transfer this summer.

The Girondins also hope to recuperate around €40m from the sales of midfielder Junior Onana and attackers Hwang Ui-jo, Sekou Mara and Alberth Elis.

If Bordeaux does manage to clinch a place in Ligue 2 for next season, the club will have a budget of €40m (£34m) with €11m (£9.5m)for wages.

In addition to the arrival of Polish goalkeeper Rafal Straczek and emergence of defenders Yoann Barbet and Vital Nsimba at the club, Lopez plans to recruit nine players. 

The club's financial woes have left them facing relegation to the French third division

Bordeaux racked up just 31 points in the top flight last season, scoring 52 and conceding a league-high total of 91 goals. It was the most goals any team had conceded in the top five European leagues.

The DNCG tried to relegate Bordeaux to Ligue 1 last season but the club kept their place after a fierce battle.

It comes as St Etienne, who were also relegated to Ligue 2 last season, are being investigated by French authorities due to suspicious player registration and agent activity, with their offices raided by police.

Bordeaux finished with 31 points last season and let in 91 goals - the most in all top five leagues

They will spend a first season outside the top flight since 1991-92, and their plight represents an incredible fall from grace for a club of this size. They have won 22 trophies, regularly competed in the Europa League and reached the Champions League quarter-finals as recently as 2009-10 - the year after they last won Ligue 1.

Bordeaux were sold to French businessman Lopez last year after being placed into administration.

Lopez - the former president of the Lotus Formula One team - has fought hard to keep the team afloat by cutting down their huge wage budget.

Samuel Kalu was sent to Watford in January while Hatem Ben Arfa and Youssouf Sabaly were both released on a free transfers. Former Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny - one of the club's highest earners - has also departed for free.

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Killexams : China's deep space exploration laboratory starts operation

BEIJING -- China's deep space exploration laboratory has started operation, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) said Tuesday.

Co-established by the CNSA, Anhui Province and the University of Science and Technology of China, the laboratory is headquartered in Hefei, capital city of Anhui.

It has completed various preparatory work and entered a new stage of substantial operation and comprehensive construction, according to the CNSA.

The establishment of the laboratory is an important step toward implementing the innovation-driven development strategy and strengthening the country's strategic strength in science and technology, said Zhang Kejian, head of the CNSA, during a video conference of the laboratory council.

He stressed building the laboratory into a large-scale, national-level comprehensive research base, as well as an innovation hub with global influence.

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Killexams : 2017 Cadillac ATS-V

The verdict: The high-performance 2016 Cadillac ATS-V fits nicely into the low-$60,000 price range previously occupied by the Cadillac CTS-V — but make no mistake, the ATS-V is a very different car from its spiritual predecessor.

Versus the competition: With a Jekyll and Hyde personality, the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V is the most dedicated track car Cadillac has ever produced, yet it’s able to maintain everyday drivability.

Editor’s note: This review was written in June 2015 about the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V, but little has changed with this year’s model. To see what’s new for 2017, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. 

Cadillac joined a long line of automakers attempting to dethrone BMW and its venerable 3 Series when it introduced the compact Cadillac ATS sedan for 2013. (Car enthusiasts will recall the same talk from when Cadillac introduced the CTS, but that car was always larger and is now priced markedly higher.) The ATS-V sedan and coupe go after the high-performance part of that equation — the BMW M3 sedan and M4 coupe — with full-steam potential, given the ATS is one of the only compact luxury cars that matches BMW’s signature driving dynamics. The V treatment for the ATS uses a heavy hand to pack the car with performance parts, making the ATS-V a legitimate threat to the M3/M4.

I drove sedan and coupe variants of the ATS-V with both the eight-speed automatic transmission and, yes, the six-speed manual that half the segment (the Audi RS 5 and Lexus RC F) seems to have forgotten to offer. An ATS-V sedan with a manual transmission starts at $61,460, while the coupe starts at $63,660.

Exterior & Styling

Cadillac accomplished the ATS-V’s menacing looks through a number of functional designs for thermal and aerodynamic management. The enlarged grille openings in front have room for the turbochargers’ intercoolers and the engine radiator. The fenders, rear spoiler and rocker moldings are all V-specific, and the carbon-fiber hood has a heat extractor that also releases incoming air from the engine compartment to flow over the car instead of under, which reduces lift.

The overall effect transforms the already attractive ATS into a muscular, punchy-looking sedan and coupe. That’s especially true with the optional, must-have Carbon Fiber Package, which adds a carbon-fiber front lip spoiler, a rear carbon-fiber valance, a larger rear spoiler, a carbon-fiber hood heat extractor and a gloss-black side rocker splitter. The package is functional for increasing downforce and adds a “gotta have it” look to the car; it’s also expensive, at $5,000. 

How It Drives

My introduction to the ATS-V’s track performance came at one of the premier racetracks in the country: the Circuit of the America’s Formula One track in Austin, Texas. The track is a highly technical, 3.4-mile circuit with 20 turns and a straightaway that was long enough to let the ATS-V stretch its legs to 145 mph and then punish the brakes coming down into a tight corner. The V’s brakes passed the test with flying colors.

Braking power comes from the previous-generation CTS-V’s front brakes and the latest Corvette Z51’s rear brakes. The brakes work to spectacular effect, given the ATS-V is about 500 pounds lighter than the retired CTS-V. Our test cars received higher-temp brake fluid and racier wheel alignment settings than standard ones will, because of the repeated abuse they’ll see on the track. Cadillac outlines these track-specific recommendations in the owners manual.

The ATS-V stops well, but there’s a lot to like in the “go” department with the ATS-V’s 464-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6 that can propel an automatic-equipped ATS-V to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, a tick faster than the M3/M4’s times with automatic transmission. That matches the M3/M4’s time with an automatic transmission. The Cadillac’s crisp boost response is one of the most immediate kicks you’ll get from any turbocharged engine. The M3/M4’s 425-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder offers comparable responsiveness with a slightly more refined finished product.

Still, I’d like a few more ponies under the ATS-V’s hood, considering the old CTS-V had 556 hp (even with more weight) and this is its spiritual successor now that the upcoming version of that car is all grown up — likely in price, too. The ATS-V’s chassis definitely feels up to the task of handling more power. Maybe I’m just getting greedy — or I just really miss the seat-of-the-pants kick of the 556-hp, supercharged V-8.

The ATS-V is more about handling than straight-line acceleration, and it exhibits wonderfully precise, planted handling with its standard Magnetic Ride Control adaptive shock absorbers. A healthy dose of chassis-strengthening gives the ATS-V lightning-quick reflexes. Quick maneuvers don’t faze the firmly planted ATS-V, which consistently puts power to the ground while exiting corners thanks to the standard electronically controlled, mechanical limited slip differential.

The combination of brakes, handling and limited slip differential is a winning combination, and there’s not much you can throw at the ATS-V that it can’t handle. The ATS-V ate up the fast, sweeping corners of Circuit of the Americas with nary a flinch of uncontrolled body roll. For this car not to feel out of place at that Austin track was admirable, considering the course was purpose-built to challenge drivers in the world’s premier racing series.

Leave the track and the ATS-V’s multiple driving modes hide its track prowess by adjusting suspension firmness, steering effort, throttle response and transmission programming. The first tier of adjustability is Tour, Sport, Track and Snow/Ice. Within the Track mode are five sub-settings that help the car corner faster, with varying usage of the traction and stability systems: Wet, Dry, Sport 1, Sport 2 and Race. You’d better be on your game in Sport 2 and Race, because they relax the electronic stability system and let the front and rear ends swap. 

In Tour mode, the ATS-V rides surprisingly compliantly, but you can tell that the stiffening of the chassis and the high-performance bushings and tires have increased road noise and feel compared with the regular ATS. If there’s one area in which the ATS-V doesn’t hit its marks as well as the BMW M3/M4, it’s steering feedback. BMW’s signature steering feedback blends perfectly boosted steering with ultra-quick, precise movements. In comparison, the ATS-V’s steering is slightly more vague, and that takes away some of the fun factor, both on and off the track.

Like the old CTS-V and M cars, the ATS-V can be had with a six-speed manual transmission, and here it’s the standard unit. The six-speed is a riot and a half, with a few ancillary features added to the manual experience. For starters, launch control lets the engine rev and the stability system do the work after a clutch drop. No-lift shifting provides extremely fast shifts, with flat-floor accelerator shifting that will easily lay rubber into 2nd gear, and the car’s automatic rev-matching provides worry-free matching to engine speed for smooth downshifts. All these extras add to the inherent entertainment factor of a manual transmission. The ATS-V’s six-speed is the same style as the one used in the previous CTS-V, though this car’s shifter and clutch pedal have reduced effort — the old CTS-V’s stiff clutch pedal was a workout and a half. 

The ATS-V’s $2,000 automatic option is an eight-speed unit borrowed from the 2015 Corvette — most of it, anyway. The tight gear ratios keep the engine speed and boost in their happy range, and in Track mode the eight-speed’s telepathic ability to pick the right gear made navigating the extremely technical COTA track slightly less intimidating. Automatic cars are rated 16/24/18 mpg city/highway/combined, while manual cars are rated 17/23/19 mpg. That’s not far behind the 17/24/19 mpg that the M3/M4 is rated with its automatic and the 17/26/20 mpg rating for the M3/M4 with a manual transmission.   


One of the standout features of the V treatment is the optional Recaro seats. They’re finely crafted and as pleasant to look at as they are to sit in. Plus, because the side and thigh bolsters are power-adjustable and not fixed, like some high-performance seats, you can make it as relaxed or as snug a seat as you’d like. The seating position and comfort make you feel a part of the car, not just along for the ride. 

The ATS-V also adds suede-like microfiber and authentic carbon fiber trim on the door panels and dashboard. Even decked out, the ATS-V is still clearly an ATS, which in its base version offers  competitive interior materials and styling. Rack up the price tag to $70,000, though, and the ATS-V comes up short against the M3/M4, Lexus RC-F and Audi RS5. The capacitive-touch-button-laden center console cheapens the experience. Apart from having mechanical buttons, the ATS-V’s competitors provide matte and aluminum materials, where the ATS-V’s center console is mostly piano black. To me, it looks cheaper.

Like the regular ATS, the ATS-V is a compact luxury sedan — as opposed to the CTS-V, which straddles the line between compact and midsize. Backseat room is tight compared with the rest of the entry-level luxury segment, and rear passengers will just have to hope their front-seat companions aren’t more than 6 feet tall. The backseat is narrow, with minimal legroom. 

Ergonomics & Electronics

The Cadillac User Experience multimedia system is standard, including Bluetooth, voice recognition and text-to-voice SMS messages, as well as a USB input and 4G LTE connectivity with a Wi-Fi hot spot function. It’s just as finicky here as it is in the regular ATS, though I could live with CUE in every car if they all came with the optional Performance Data Recorder.

PDR can be had as either a $1,300 stand-alone option or as part of a $6,195 Track Performance Package. In the ATS-V, PDR pairs a 720p high-definition video camera with telemetry acquisition to create recordings of the driving experience, with overlays of speed, a racetrack map, engine rpm, steering angle, selected gear and much more. The system debuted in the Chevrolet Corvette, and Cadillac’s version brings enhanced color balance and audio recordings. After a lap on the track, you can park the ATS-V and watch the recordings through the color touch-screen, or take the SD card and upload it to your computer and YouTube later on.   

Cargo & Storage

Cargo room is unchanged compared with the non-V coupe and sedan, which is to say there’s not much. Sedans and coupes come with 10.4 cubic feet of cargo space. An M3 sedan has 12 cubic feet, while the M4 coupe has 11 cubic feet with a split, folding backseat standard. The ATS-V sedan’s folding backseat is optional. 


The Cadillac ATS had not been crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety at the time of publishing. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests rated the standard ATS highly, with an overall score of five out of five stars. The ATS-V’s standard safety features include front and rear parking assist and a backup camera; see more safety features listed here. The ATS-V’s available forward collision warning system alerts drivers through visual and audible cues but won’t autonomously brake in a potential collision situation.

Value in Its Class

The ATS-V has its sights set squarely on the BMW M3. It’s hard to tell for sure without a back-to-back comparison, but the ATS-V feels every bit as capable as the M3/M4, if slightly less confidence-inspiring because of steering tuning that needs more road feel and feedback.   

The ATS-V comes in $1,490 under the M3’s starting price while including standard equipment the BMW lacks, like a Magnetic Ride Control suspension, smart keyless access, parking sensors, a backup camera and satellite radio. The ATS-V starts at $61,460 for a sedan and $63,660 for a coupe.

What the M3 does include standard is navigation; a split, folding backseat; high-intensity-discharge headlights; and a roomier, higher-quality interior. It’s not hard to spec out a $70,000-plus M3, and it won’t be difficult to make an ATS-V cost that much, either. Its must-have $6,195 Track Performance Package includes the Carbon Fiber Package and adds the Performance Data Recorder; throw in the $2,300 Recaro seats and a $2,000 automatic transmission (which costs the same as the automatic in the M3) and you’re already at $71,955.

The ATS-V’s standard backup camera and parking sensors, however, mean you at least get to spend your extra money mostly on fun stuff, instead of expensive packages just to get a backup camera, as you’d have to in the M3/M4. If you go without the Track Performance Package, the ATS-V undercuts the cost of most of its competitors and gets you a sports sedan that is still undeniably one of the most track-capable in the segment

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