Cadillac promised hotter versions of the CT4- and CT5-V were coming soon and they weren’t lying as the company has used the Detroit Grand Prix to preview the upcoming sport sedans.
Billed as the “next step in Cadillac’s V-Series performance legacy,” the prototypes have been equipped with a more aggressive front bumper that features triangular air intakes.
Moving further back, we can see sporty side skirts and front fender vents. The models also have a rear spoiler and a four-tailpipe sports exhaust system.
Cadillac is keeping details under wraps, but the cars are designed for the track so they’ll likely have a sportier suspension than the standard CT4- and CT5-V. They’ll also be significantly more powerful.
While the 2020 CT4-V has a turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 320 hp (239 kW / 324 PS) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque, the high-performance variant could adopt a turbocharged V6 or V8. Nothing is official, but ATS-V had a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 with 464 hp (346 kW / 470 PS) and 445 lb-ft (603 Nm) of torque.
The high-performance CT5-V could use a version of the twin-turbo 4.2-liter V8 that resides in the CT6. Known as the Blackwing, it produces 500 hp (373 kW / 507 PS) and 574 lb-ft (777 Nm) of torque in standard form. In the CT6-V, it has an output of 550 hp (410 kW / 557 PS) and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm) of torque.
Those numbers are nothing to sneeze at, but the CTS-V had a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with 640 hp (477 kW / 649 PS) and 630 lb-ft (853 Nm) of torque. As a result, it’s unclear how powerful the CT5-V will be.
Cadillac didn’t say when the cars will be introduced, but they could arrive shortly after the CT4- and CT5-V are launched early next year.