The Cadillac CT5 just made its public debut at the New York Auto Show and talk has already emerged about a performance-focused variant.
According to Car and Driver, during a media presentation at the ongoing show in NYC, Cadillac product marketing director Jason Sledziewski alluded to the idea of a potent CT5-V being on the agenda.
As the all-new CT5 has been designed to replace both the ATS and CTS, it is only fitting that a CT5-V would be launched to replace the now defunct ATS-V and CTS-V.
The car manufacturer isn’t ready to talk about what will power the CT5-V, but the most likely candidate would be the Blackwing twin-turbo 4.2-liter V8 which premiered in the CT6-V. In its range-topping form, this powertrain pumps out an impressive 550 hp and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm) of torque, giving it a clear edge over vehicles like the BMW M3, Mercedes-AMG C63 S and Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. However, that’s just speculation right now and if the CT5-V indeed materializes, it could use a different engine.
For instance, Cadillac could decide to fit the performance sedan with a unique version of its current twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, which offers up 335 hp in the standard CT5. This engine has already been uprated to 404 hp in the CT6 and it’s certainly likely the company’s engineers could make it even more powerful. However, considering that the CTS-V used a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with a neck-snapping 640 hp, going for a V8 would be more suitable.