They measured zero-to-60-mph and quarter-mile acceleration along with 60-mph-to-zero braking distances at the Byron Dragway in Byron, IL, followed by a day evaluating ride and handling at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, IL.
The BMW M4 was equipped with the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a power rating of 425-horsepower, the lowest horsepower of the trio.
It does make 406 pounds-feet of torque at a very low 1,850 rpm. The zero to 60 mph came in 3.97 seconds while it finished its quarter-mile in 12.05 seconds at 118.35 mph, the quickest times and fastest quarter-mile speeds.
With a 3.6 liter, twin-turbo V6 making 464 horsepower, the Cadillac ATS-V packs similar power as the M4.
The 3.6 liter engine is the same one used in the CTS Vsport, but has been upgraded a bit with titanium connecting rods, new turbo wastegates and higher-flow fuel injectors. And it’s mated to an six-speed manual transmission. The ATS-V ran to 60 mph in 4.32 seconds and ran the quarter-mile in 12.41 seconds at 115.62 mph.
The Lexus RC F is powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.0 liter V8 engine producing 467 horsepower and 389 lb-ft of torque sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The RC F trailed the others in acceleration with zero to 60 mph in 4.88 seconds and the quarter-mile in 13.12 seconds at 109.11 mph.
As tested, the the ATS-V weighed 3,700 pounds, the BMW M4 is lighter at 3,585 pounds and the RC-F at 3,958 pounds.
All three cars were fitted with an upgraded braking system. The Cadillac ATS-V came in first with a stopping distance of 119.47 feet from 60 mph, the M4 in 122.85 feet, and the RC F in 127.68 feet.
The full review can be found at Cars.com