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.