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    2020 Cadillac CT4-V, CT5-V Revealed for the Masses

    Source: AutoVerdict
    May 31, 2019
    by Nick Saporito

    For a split second earlier this year it was looking like Cadillac may go without a V-Series model for awhile. However, that is no longer the case since the General Motors luxury brand decided to call the CT6 V-Sport the CT6-V. Now the brand is rolling out the CT5-V and CT4-V, but they are not the V's we're used to seeing.*

    Cadillac appears to be diluting the V-Series brand a bit with the CT5-V and CT4-V. The brand is bringing both cars to the masses by giving them considerably less power than the current ATS-V and CTS-V, which these two new cars replace. The lower power likely means a lower price tag, too.*

    “The new lineup expands the V-Series ethos, drawing more customers into the Cadillac Performance family, and the newest Vs are focused on elevated athleticism and luxurious refinement for customers wanting a dynamic daily drive,” said Mark Reuss, GM president. “And this is only the beginning of the V family. Cadillac’s passion for performance shines on a racetrack. Stay tuned.”

    The CT5-V will be powered by GM's twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine with 355 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. For those keeping tabs, that's a huge drop from the 640 horsepower CTS-V. The CT5-V seems more in line with today's CTS V-Sport model, which also has a twin-turbo V-6.*

    Subsequently, the CT4-V will be powered by a turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder; derived from the same four-cylinder found in the Chevrolet Silverado truck. This unit will hammer out 320 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque that will spin through a mechanical limited slip rear differential. This too is a sizable decline from today's ATS-V.*

    Both sedans will feature GM's 10 speed automatic transmission and power the rear wheels in standard form, but offer optional all-wheel-drive. This is a significant point given most of the German sedans now default to all-wheel-drive as soon as you check the performance model option.

    Cadillac is also throwing a lot of tech at both new V sedans. Magnetic Ride Control 4.0, electronic limited slip differential in the CT5-V, Brembo brakes and optional Super Cruise.*

    While both sedans sound like fun-to-drive daily drivers, these are both a far cry form the fire-breathing V-Series models Cadillac has churned out in the past. It sounds like Cadillac is wanting V-Series to be more like Mercedes-AMG, where there are tiers of performance vehicles.*

    Mark Reuss did seem to hint that hotter V's are in the works. We'll keep our fingers crossed on that one.*

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    Yikes, what a half-assed offering. Hard to take them seriously with these two and the XT6 shortcomings

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    This is what to be expected since there isn’t a Vsport anymore. The writing was on the wall. I’m cool with it since higher performance models are still coming

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    The Lincoln MkZ can be had with 400 hp...

    ...there, someone said it...

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    Once again GM creates confusion, just like when the Vsport was introduced. The v series became iconic just like the M series or AMG, building its reputation. And now they build this s**t. Someone really needs to lose their job at GM. This mediocre performance is for a vsport or luxury package not a V series. v series is known for all out performance just like the renaissance of the 2009 Cadillac CTS v with the 550hp or 2016 model with 640hp. This will confuse people and once again Cadillac identity is being compromise.

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    I'm a little baffled about all of this. Let's parse this into two components:

    1) The dilution of the V-Series brand. I don't have a problem with V going down-market a bit. AMG has done it with great success, V-Series can as well. Offering a bandwidth of performance makes total sense to me. The naming convention is what needs discussion here.

    2) The rollout of this new. Cadillac PR just celebrated 15 years of V-Series with a release a couple weeks ago, then followed it up with the CT4-V and CT5-V dilution of the brand. No explanation was offered; these were revealed and treated like they are the traditional, hard-core V cars.

    Seriously, some folks should lose their jobs over this rollout. They're just asking for bad PR.

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