Cadillac Teases Hotter CT4- And CT5-V

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.

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

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.

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  • Six_Tymes

    GOOD thing. still strange how they named the others the same V. Those should be V-Spec. Maybe these will have another name? such as V Plus, or whatever. either way, its good to see big performance is coming to the V series.

    • Smith

      But its a Cadillac, what does an 85 year old need with performance. And when has Cadillac ever provided performance anyway, really.

      • Mr. EP9

        Not your grandfather’s Cadillac anymore. They’re most likely trying to appeal to a younger audience.

        • Lloyd Anthony D Peters

          “When has Cadillac ever provided Performance…”. Hmm.

          You’re projecting your old as image into Cadillac as Cadillac is trying its best to shake said image. Caddy has been doing performance for years.

        • Bash

          Not most likely, They are Definitely.

      • Darnell Robeson

        They’ve been making performance sports sedans for over a decade now. You can Google ATS-V and CTS-V. Car enthusiasts know all about them.

      • schnittz

        FYI 2010 CTS-V was the fastest production sedan around Nurburgring track! Yes that beats AMG’s, M’s and whatever you can think of for that year.

      • Karl

        Troll much?

    • Eythan Aldrich

      Nissan owns V-spec or Spec-V but I don’t know what happened recently

  • no25

    LOL they were quick to tease it – probably after so much hate from the first “Vs” they showed.

    • john1168

      I should have read all the comments before posting, you beat me to it. I was thinking the same thing.

  • Lloyd Anthony D Peters

    If the newer ones aren’t called “V-Maxx”, I’ll be upset. Lol.

    • Smith

      If you are 80 years old, I understand you are upset by this, but if not you were never going to buy one, so why would you give a sh!t.

      • Nick099

        Wow! That was incredibly ignorant. and snobby.

        You have obviously never driven a V series Caddy.

        They are fearsome with minimal maintenance and excellent reliability.

        I have owned a couple of new Caddys along with a host of sports and muscle cars both foreign and domestic….and I am not 80 years old. Lighten up.

        Btw: I owned an ATS turbo with a 6spd, rwd, and sport suspension. It was a canyon carver and a whole lot of fun to drive. Cost me nothing to maintain and dead on reliable. So the car was good. The engineering and chassis were excellent. The execs running Caddy were not. It was too pricey and advertising stank.

        Don’t hate the cars kid. Hate the morons making the bad decisions.

  • Smith

    Funny but the words Cadillac and hotter just cannot go together, Cadillac = really, really old people. Hot = really, really vibrant people. See, it just does not work together.

    • :/ Yurr

      I havent seen an “old person” driving a newer caddy in sometime. Its younger families driving them now.

    • schnittz

      You clearly been living under the rock for at least the last 20 years!

  • john1168

    Funny how this is announced the day after they were ripped apart for releasing the less powerful V cars…?

  • Mr. EP9

    This proves people were not happy with what Cadillac unveiled and these “spy shots” were released solely to quell the anger. Cadillac screwed up and they know it. If MB wants to slap the AMG badge on everything, that’s their decision to make. Why Caddy seems intent on following their example is beyond me.

    • Merc1

      Cadillac has had Mercedes-Benz envy since the 80’s and they added BMW envy in the 90’s and they’ve failed miserably at convincing those buyers to buy a Cadillac. They have seen the big sales numbers for all the new AMG/M models they want to duplicate that success. There is simply no other explanation for the cars they introduced yesterday. Once Cadillac quits trying to be German they will prosper with the right product – Escalade, XTS, type cars, not screaming 4-cylinders and tight back seats. The CT5 V with a V8 still has a place though, but their basic cars need to be worlds better. Lincoln has the better approach IMO and the next Continental on the new RWD architecture will prove this. It won’t be a sports sedan, but it will have decent road manners, but with hit you in the face luxury and opulence something a Cadillac should do but doesn’t.


  • SteersUright

    Who cares if there’s a faster CT4 if nobody can sit in it. Have you ever sat in the back of an ATS? Its awful and this has even less room. Whats the point of 4 doors then? Surely they could package the interior far better and while they’re at it, make it look much better too. Also, no “Luxury” car should be using 4 cylinder engines unless they’re damn good, smooth, sound great, etc. Hopefully this will be a good one.

    • MayTheBestCarWin05

      do you feel this way about the S3 and RS3 as well…because the back seat has literally 1″ more legroom.

  • Craig

    So WHY WHY WHY would Cadillac dilute the ‘V’ with ‘lessor than’ versions?

    • CarCzarDesigner

      As the “World Turns”, so is there another twist in Cadillac’s marketing strategy.

    • Mr. EP9

      Chasing after Mercedes-AMG?

    • performante

      Because no one knew about V-Sport cars. Look how much people are talking about the entry level V’s.

  • charlotteharry57

    WAY too much speculation to make this a worthwhile story.

  • carlbolt

    These hotter version Vs are probably called Cadillac – VI.

  • performante

    Half assed like the ATS-V and CTS-V destroyed their German competition in terms of performance?

    • SteersUright

      Yet sold exactly how many in comparison to their M and AMG counterparts? A super premium car is more than just stats, its an overall premium experience whereas the Caddy’s just feel decades behind inside.

  • MayTheBestCarWin05

    Companies are getting really good at monetizing the Internet’s outrage….you all are so predictable.

    I think Cadillac is sitting here laughing at all of us enthusiasts online having conniptions over them expanding their performance sub brand (the same way Lexus, BMW, MB, and Audi have), bc they know that no one who actually buys NEW cars are going to care or even know about this.

    Cadillac sits back and watches all the “free” media mentions….and then drops a teaser of the hot rod Vs.

    Some say it was in response to the enthusiast community’s melt down…I say this was their plan all along.

    • Porkopolis

      We have yet to fully realized how much the Internet is used to manipulate thoughts, behaviors, and feelings. InfoWars is 99% garbage, but their tagline is spot-on: “There’s a war on for your mind.”

  • MattyBoi

    Thank the lord! We were stuck thinking the CT4 and 5 would be more boring V6 sedans, but there is still hope!

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