Cadillac Fans Can Relax, Proper V-Series Variants Are Coming Soon

Cadillac unveiled the 2020 CT4- and CT5-V yesterday and they were heavily criticized for being significantly less powerful than their predecessors.

The differences are pretty jarring as the CT4-V has 144 hp (107 kW / 146 PS) and 76 lb-ft (102 Nm) of torque less than the ATS-V. The CT5-V is even worse as the model has 285 hp (213 kW / 289 PS) and 230 lb-ft (311 Nm) of torque less than the CTS-V.

To put that latter number into perspective, the power difference between the CTS-V and CT5-V is more than the 237 hp (177 kW / 241 PS) created by the CT5’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It’s a huge difference and one that certainly raised eyebrows.

However, this was done on purpose as Cadillac executive chief engineer Brandon Vivian said “We are inviting even more customers into the V-Series family by adding a new level of elevated performance between our Sport models and the ultimate, high-performance track capability that the V-Series has grown to represent.”

GM President Mark Reuss expanded on Vivian’s comments by saying the CT4- and CT5-V are “focused on elevated athleticism and luxurious refinement.” He added, “Cadillac’s passion for performance shines on a racetrack. Stay tuned.”

Also Read: 2020 Cadillac CT4- And CT5-V Aren’t What We Wanted Or Expected, Max Out At 355 HP

While Reuss didn’t go into specifics, the company did confirm additional V-Series variants will be introduced in the future. This suggests the ‘true’ CT4- and CT5-V will be unveiled further down the road.

GM’s Ken Morris alluded to this at yesterday’s unveiling as he said the CT4- and CT5-V “highlight Cadillac’s passion for performance and we’re just getting warmed up.” He went on to say, “We would never forget about our customers who do want to take their cars to the track; we will have a V-Series for them too.” However, Morris said that’s a story for another day – one that’s coming soon.

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  • NoMan2015

    Then these shouldn’t be the actual V series models if there’s supposedly going to be the V-Sport trim, these models, and a more high performance variant also under the “V” sub-brand. They should have left the official “V” models for whatever else is coming and these with some sort of new nomenclature. The fact that they need to explain/justify why the numbers are so much lower for these models than their predecessors demonstrates why this was a bad idea.

    • MayTheBestCarWin05

      Should they just do what BMW does?

      M240i vs. V-CT4?

      Or what MB does?

      A35/45 AMG vs. CT4 30/40V?

  • caddy45

    All the more reason these should have been called V-Sport. That is exactly what the purpose of the V-Sport trim was supposed to be… wtf.

    • baofe

      Mercedes badges their 43/53 models as AMG so I believe Cadillac is going down the same route. People these days buy heavily off off brand/sub-brand stigma so I think its a smart marketing move no matter how dumb it sounds.

      • Rocket

        It sounds dumb because it is dumb. The V-Sport badge did that exact thing you’re describing. All they did by changing the mid-performance models to -V is confuse less savvy customers. I’m starting to think that is the goal.

        • baofe

          Adding sport to their performance models never really fit the bill. People always associated them as the less powerful versions and thus less special. Giving the the lower end sport models the full fat sub brand naming while giving the higher performing cars an additional moniker seems to be a better bet now. (i.e. BMW M and M Competition). Again I also think its dumb and a huge risk for diluting the image but its a business move that Cadillac is really betting on.

          • Rocket

            “V Sport” was not a problem for Cadillac. It did exactly what it was intended to do … split the difference between the base model and track-focused V’s. While I’ll admit Cadillac’s marketing message hasn’t been great for some time, their failures are far more the result of the product in the showrooms than the badging.

      • no25

        Hey, careful! You mentioned Mercedes, and now that Merc1 guy is gonna get butt hurt 🙁

        • baofe

          I already blocked him a long time ago

        • Cobrajet

          He reminds me of Hitler.

      • Cobrajet

        Not exactly, full AMG models are still called 63.

        • baofe

          I’m not talking about the 63’s. I mentioned the 43 and 53 specifically because they are still badged as AMG. Not AMG Sport or any other sub branded moniker.

    • Six_Tymes

      spot on


    • ChrisInIL

      Anymore? Since the mid 60’s maybe.

  • Rani

    I wonder if they are replacing V with Blackwing ? If so I’m all for it. CT5 Blackwing with 600+HP sounds way cooler.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      blackwing? I hope that will happen

  • Craig

    I like the CT5. I don’t understand why the CT4 exists. Perhaps [in this application] ‘C’ stands for ‘Cimarron’.

    • :/ Yurr

      I’m sure it’s for people who cant afford a CT5 , but can afford the CT4 bud.

      • Craig

        Do you seriously think the price difference will be that great?

        • :/ Yurr

          Lol maybe not but we will see.

        • Iiari

          Probably 10K?

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