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

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

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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AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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  1. nsaporito
    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.
    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.
    The Lincoln MkZ can be had with 400 hp...

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