Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Porsche 911 VS 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Porsche 911

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2016 Cadillac ATS-V

Safety Comparison

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The 911 offers optional Porsche Active Safe, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The ATS-V offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature which would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The 911 offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The ATS-V doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the 911 and the ATS-V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, front parking sensors and available rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

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The 911’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the ATS-V’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the 911 first among midsize premium sporty cars in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The ATS-V isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 42 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 21st, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

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The 911 GT3’s standard 3.8 DOHC 6 cyl. produces 11 more horsepower (475 vs. 464) than the ATS-V’s 3.6 turbo V6. The 911 Turbo S’ standard 3.8 turbo 6 cyl. produces 96 more horsepower (560 vs. 464) and 108 lbs.-ft. more torque (553 vs. 445) than the ATS-V’s 3.6 turbo V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the 911 S is faster than the Cadillac ATS-V (automatics tested):

911

ATS-V

Zero to 30 MPH

1.3 sec

1.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.6 sec

3.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4.4 sec

4.7 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

1.8 sec

2.4 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.2 sec

3.2 sec

Quarter Mile

12 sec

12.1 sec

Top Speed

188 MPH

185 MPH

The flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the 911 lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability. The ATS-V doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the 911 Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the ATS-V:

911

ATS-V

RWD

Base/Manual

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

S/Manual

19 city/27 hwy

17 city/23 hwy

3.6 Turbo/Auto

GTS/Manual

18 city/26 hwy

n/a

Base/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

n/a

S/Auto

20 city/27 hwy

16 city/24 hwy

3.6 Turbo/Auto

GTS/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

AWD

Base/Manual

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

S/Manual

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

GTS/Manual

18 city/26 hwy

n/a

Base/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

n/a

S/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

GTS/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

Turbo/Auto

17 city/24 hwy

n/a

Turbo S/Auto

17 city/24 hwy

n/a

Regenerative brakes improve the 911’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The ATS-V doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the 911 (except GT3)’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The ATS-V doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The 911 RWD/GT3’s standard fuel tank has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the ATS-V (16.9 vs. 16 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The 911 GT3’s optional fuel tank has 7.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the ATS-V (23.7 vs. 16 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the 911 Turbo/GT3’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the ATS-V:

911 Turbo/GT3

ATS-V

Front Rotors

16.1 inches

14.5 inches

Rear Rotors

15.4 inches

13.3 inches

The 911 offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The ATS-V doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The 911 stops much shorter than the ATS-V:

911

ATS-V

80 to 0 MPH

175 feet

194 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

135 feet

154 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

91 feet

103 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the 911 GT3 RS’ tires are larger than the largest tires available on the ATS-V (F:265/35R20 & R:325/30R21 vs. F:255/35R18 & R:275/35R18).

The 911’s optional 295/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the ATS-V’s 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 911 has standard 19-inch wheels. Only 18-inch wheels are available on the ATS-V. The 911 GT3 RS has standard 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The 911 offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The ATS-V doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The 911 S Coupe handles at 1 G, while the ATS-V Coupe pulls only .97 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The 911 S Cabriolet handles at 1.03 G’s, while the ATS-V Sedan pulls only 1.02 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The 911 S Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the ATS-V Coupe (24.1 seconds @ .82 average G’s vs. 24.3 seconds @ .87 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the 911 Turbo/GT3’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the ATS-V’s (34.8 feet vs. 38.4 feet). The 911’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the ATS-V’s (36.4 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Porsche 911 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 650 pounds less than the Cadillac ATS-V.

The 911 is 7.9 inches shorter than the ATS-V Coupe, making the 911 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the 911 Coupe is quieter than the ATS-V Coupe:

911

ATS-V

At idle

29 dB

50 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The 911 Coupe has .4 inches more front headroom and 3.5 inches more front legroom than the ATS-V Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the 911 easier. The 911’s trunk lift-over height is 24.3 inches, while the ATS-V’s liftover is 28 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The 911’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The ATS-V does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The 911’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The ATS-V’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the 911 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The ATS-V doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the 911 offers an optional rear wiper. The ATS-V doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The 911 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The ATS-V doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Optional air conditioned seats in the 911 keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The ATS-V doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the 911’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The ATS-V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the 911 PDK offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The ATS-V doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Porsche 911 has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

911

ATS-V

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

n/a

Intellichoice

A “Best Value in Class”

n/a

The 911 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 6 of the last 20 years. The ATS has never been an “All Star.”

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