With roughly 20 minutes to spare, you can reprogram your Cadillac ATS-V to drive and perform even better than it did from the factory. Without changing a single piece of hardware, you can bring your 464HP sport sedan or coupe up to 600HP** (380HP up to 500HP as measured at the wheels on a chassis dyno), and give it a more sport-inspired drive feel.
(** Estimated crankshaft horsepower based on calculated drivetrain losses)
If you have a 2017 or newer Cadillac ATS-V with an automatic transmission, you do NOT have to remove your transmission control module (“TCM”, T87A) for any unlocking process. All TRIFECTA Cadillac ATS-V calibrations include extensive transmission strategy reworking. (2016 models use the "T87" controller, which also does not require removal from the vehicle)
Why buy a tune from a dyno shop that might run your car on the rollers 10 times when you can buy from a company that's channeled over several hundred dyno pulls' worth of testing into their product? Rather than relying on a “dyno tuner” that may or may not have experience tuning the ATS-V (but almost certainly to their local area only), with TRIFECTA you can rest assured you're purchasing from the company that's been in the GM factory turbo vehicle tuning business longer than anybody else, in many cases pioneering the tuning aftermarket for these vehicles. The TRIFECTA ATS-V calibration has been subjected to over 300 chassis dyno pulls, on dynos across multiple continents, and tens of thousands of test miles have been accumulated in virtually every climate, elevation and season.
TRIFECTA's calibration for the Cadillac ATS-V is also packed full of exclusive and innovative features to make your ATS-V experience even better. From reworked knock control logic and zoning, to active fuel rail pressure management, to adding full-boost launch control, TRIFECTA's engineering team delivers exclusive features that Cadillac didn't even consider.
Key Features of the TRIFECTA Performance MY2016--2017+ Cadillac ATS-V powertrain calibration software reprogramming:
Dyno-proven gains in power
Using industry standard chassis dynamometers, TRIFECTA shows proven gains in torque and horsepower for your Cadillac ATS-V, using only the factory hardware:
Telemetry-proven gains in acceleration
Dyno sheets are great, but they only show power output. Using professional grade telemetry equipment, TRIFECTA has also established proven gains of up to 0.87 seconds in 0-60MPH acceleration profiles versus the factory calibration.**
**traction limited by factory tire and pavement condition (generally dry, medium worn asphalt). Faster times achievable with R-compound tires on prepared surface.
TRIFECTA Exclusive ATS-V Calibration Features
TRIFECTA's Cadillac ATS-V calibration includes many features that are both desired, and exclusive to TRIFECTA's calibration:
Standard Tour Mode (STM)
The ATS-V offers several different drive modes from the factory such as Tour, Sport, Track and Winter / Snow / Ice modes. TRIFECTA's custom operating system modifications allow us to optionally (but included by default) offer Tour mode which limits horsepower and torque output to levels very similar to the factory levels. This feature is very useful if the vehicle is driven by others who would prefer the vehicle to operate like it does from the factory. Drive modes can be changed on the fly, and as such, the driver may select any mode, at any time.
No transmission control module (TCM) “unlock” required
General Motors, starting in the 2017 model year, began using a new transmission control module (“TCM”, called the T87A) for the 8 speed automatic transmission used in the Cadillac ATS-V. The T87A employs digitally signed programming segments to prevent transmission calibration reprogramming by parties other than General Motors. While there is an exploit to unlock the T87A to allow reprogramming by other parties, it requires physical access to the TCM (via removal from the vehicle), and an unlock procedure. However, TRIFECTA is pleased to announce this “hands-on” exploit is not needed for the TRIFECTA Cadillac ATS-V calibration product. Extensive transmission strategy reworking is accomplished without “unlocking” the T87A.
(2016 models use the "T87" controller, which also does not require removal from the vehicle)
Active Rail Pressure Management (ARPM)
Worried about DI (direct injection) rail pressure when turning up your boost? TRIFECTA's Active Rail Pressure Management (ARPM) engine control module (ECM) operating system customization allows higher boost levels to be achieved while actively monitoring the DI fuel rail pressure and reducing boost, if a drop in rail pressure is predicted, based on past and present operating conditions. To read more detail about ARPM, see our article:
TRIFECTA Full-Boost Launch Control (8-Speed Auto)
Anybody who's tried to launch the automatic transmission Cadillac ATS-V has noticed it's near impossible to both hold the rear wheels from spinning and simultaneously build full boost at launch. TRIFECTA's Full-Boost Launch Control exclusive feature allows the application of the brake, and full accelerator to build up to 18psi of boost while keeping the tires from spinning. After releasing the brake, full power is instantly applied. While this is helpful for little more than a smoke show on the stock tires, with proper tires and track surface, much quicker launches can be achieved (this feature does not interfere with the factory launch control features, and these features continue to work as they did from the factory).
TRIFECTA Bi-directional Enhanced Knock Control and Zoning
Whether anybody wants to believe it, or not, “knock”, defined as noise detected by the knock sensors, is going to occur from time to time. Generally this occurs when there's a transient change in fuel quality, or operating conditions. While the factory's knock control constructs are advanced, they make certain assumptions about how, and in which direction to adjust knock factor when knock is detected. The factory knock control strategy on the Cadillac ATS-V uses one zone only, encompassing the entire RPM range, and engine load range. TRIFECTA's Cadillac ATS-V calibration utilizes six zones and allows for finer self-adjustment when dynamic timing adjustments are needed. Furthermore, TRIFECTA's enhanced knock control employs an “ongoing” strategy which retains learned knock factors even after the engine is shut down, and continues to use them the next time the engine is started. Bi-directional knock control allows the ECM to begin its knock adaptation in the middle of the timing adjustment map, rather than always assuming it's running “high octane” fuel and potentially exposing the engine to audible knock.
Enhanced Engine and Transmission Response
Let's face it, Cadillac did a good job making the Cadillac ATS-V fun to drive from the factory. That didn't stop our drivability engineers from making it even better. In Sport and Track modes, accelerator pedal response is improved, while also refining tip-in response. Transmission downshifts are progressive, as opposed to the “all or none” strategy the factory generally goes with. Lower gears are held to a higher RPM, so a downshift is not needed if the driver decides at the last moment to chase down and humiliate a European Exotic. Tour mode and Winter / Snow / Ice modes retain stock pedal response and transmission shift patterns.
Support for Aftermarket Parts
TRIFECTA was one of the first companies to bring the concept of comprehensive remote tuning to the mass market. If you have aftermarket parts, talk to us about adapting our calibration to support them!
Specifications of the TRIFECTA Performance MY2016--2017+ Cadillac ATS-V 3.6L Twin Turbo (LF4) ECM software reprogramming:
- Gains of up to +111 ft-lbs and +121 WHP under the curve (and +73 ft-lbs and +114 WHP peak on 91 octane)
- Powertrain calibration has been tested and validated for various environments, such as cold/heat, elevation, and variations in fuel quality
- Power feels linear and immediately responsive (improved drivability and throttle attentiveness)
- Retains all GM OE diagnostics and ECM functionality
- Retains all OE error code reporting and functionality
- Emissions readiness checks are present; emissions compliant
- Maintains functionality of ABS and TC systems
- Knock detection mechanisms and OE engine knock detection sensitivity is retained
- The TRIFECTA flash loader and Transparency featureset does not increment the ECM write counter or increment entries in the flash history
- Return to stock functionality included with flash loader
- TRIFECTA Octane Adaptive MKIII featureset will bias for lower octane fuels (multi dimensional airflow knock zoning and timing decay tables, not just high/low)
Specifications of the TRIFECTA Performance MY2016--2017+ Cadillac ATS-V 8L90 8-Speed automatic transmission TCM calibration software reprogramming:
- Supplementary 8L90 transmission TCM reprogramming compliments the ECM reprogramming and completes the TRIFECTA Powertrain Calibration: designed to work in unison with the ECM reprogramming for optimized performance
- Improved shift times in adverse shift patterns
- Improved shift logic (improved drivability)
- Does not shorten transmission life or increase cooling requirements
- Retains all OE diagnostics and TCM functionality
- Retains all OE error code reporting and functionality
- Improved fuel economy with improvements made to torque converter slip profiles
- Estimated installation time of ~20 minutes
- Premium fuel is recommended
Additional information and availability:
- This powertrain calibration includes a TRIFECTA powertrain calibration file specific to your vehicle and includes a flash loader device
- Advertised gains are quoted as 'up to' and may be less for a vehicle operated at altitudes higher than near sea level.
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