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.”
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.