Cadillac Commits To Making Performance Cars With Manual Transmissions

While many automakers have ditched manual transmissions in their high-end cars, Cadillac insists that it will continue to offer its V-Series performance model with a stick shift.

During the reveal of the 2020 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V in late May, GM president Mark Reuss told Muscle Cars & Trucks that “Cadillac will make manuals in V-Series.”

Neither the CT4-V or CT5-V have been announced with a manual transmission just yet, and instead come exclusively with a 10-speed automatic gearbox. However, Reuss’ statement likely means that the upcoming hot versions of the CT4-V and CT5-V will be offered with manuals.

Also Read: Cadillac Teases Hotter CT4- And CT5-V

When Cadillac unveiled the pair, the world was expecting to see successors to the ATS-V and CTS-V. That’s not what we got. Instead, they made much more approachable because, as they said at the time, “people were intimidated” by its V-branded cars.

Fortunately, they will still cater to those buyers hungry for huge performance figures. The full-blown versions of the CT4-V and CT5-V could get the ‘Blackwing’ moniker. The CT5-V could use the same twin-turbocharged V8 as the CT6-V, but with 600 HP instead of 550, whereas the the CT4-V might have a twin-turbo V6.

If these two models are available with manual transmissions, we suspect Cadillac enthusiasts will forgive the car manufacturer for shaking up its V-Series family. After all, it’s hard not to get excited about the prospect of a pair of sedans with over 500 HP that give you the option of rowing your own gears.

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  • Kagan

    Good but also manual handbrake!


  • donald seymour

    Thank you Cadillac, thank you.

  • Alioune Seck

    The Cadillac brand team is doing everything Corvette should’ve done !

  • Mr. EP9

    Hopefully they’ll be the real CT4-V and CT5-V, then we’re talking.

  • Bo Hanan

    But will they buy it? And at a time when it’s competition are all moving to autos.
    This seems like a gimmick that will backfire in their face.

  • TheBelltower

    “people were intimidated by its V-branded cars…”

    Let’s be clear, there has only been one real V-series Cadillac, and that’s been the CTS-V. Everything else has been a confusing miss-mosh of meaningless V-branding. It hasn’t been intimidating, it’s been mostly weak and inconsistent. The reality is, make the car amazing and people won’t care if it has a manual, a dual-clutch automatic, or a reduction gear. Though, in this day and age, a manual is unlikely to offer the kind or performance that will make them competitive.

    • donald seymour

      I disagree. All their previous V-Series out performed their counterparts.

      • TheBelltower

        The CTS V definitely did. The ATS V arguably did. When they attempted to offer “V Sport” cars, it got muddy and all of it made no sense to anyone who didn’t follow closely.

        • Marc Gruben

          Kind of how BMW has made a mess out the “M” branding

        • donald seymour

          Oh, I understand now. I guess they don’t understand how to tone it down.

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  • Just another proof that GM is more fucked up than ever before: Cadillac, the epitome of American luxury, probably the biggest proponent for automatic transmissions in the history, commits to performance and manuals… just after it discontinued CTS, which was the one that was almost done right.
    I excuse myself for beating a very dead horse, but Pontiac should have been kept as a performance brand (instead of Buick, in the case “only one can survive”), and this here nonsense should have been avoided.
    Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against performance and manual transmissions, quite the opposite – I’m all for it, but to me, having Cadillac to carry the performance flag is a bit wrong.

    • Bo Hanan

      Buick sells more cars in China than ALL other markets combined, including the USA. Buick is seen as a Mercedes & BMW competitor in China. Buick could stop selling cars in every other market, (USA too) and still be profitable just in China. Buick is above Caddy in China. Tough call for GM but clear on why the kept Buick. I wish GM would position Cadillac & Buick as proper Mercedes & BMW rivals. Buick could be positioned against BMW if done right. Remember the 1985 GNX that beat up the Corvette?

      • Yes, Buick sold a lot of Opels in China, I know that… I also think that Cadillac could have been in that place and that maybe, since current Buick portfolio is not that spread, there could have been room for a few performance oriented cars under the name of Pontiac. It is completely understandable that now you need high performance luxury cars (for Cadillac to compete with MB AMG’s, Audi R/RS, BMW M), but a few blue collar ones would not hurt, and for Cadillac to wave the flag for performance and manual transmissions, as I have said, it seems a bit off.

    • CarCzarDesigner

      FYI – GM is Buick and Buick is General Motors. It’s their core brand. Which is why Pontiac was given axe and Buick remained. Also, there is a core of loyal owners to the brand. This demographic is conservative when it comes to automobiles, as they prefer an automobile with traditional American styling. They also want a car that is dependable too. Which is why Buick has a decent quality rating. For 2019 they rank 12th, according to US News & World Reports for Best Car Brands, which isn’t bad.

      As for Cadillac, it is complicated story. Essentially the Executives & Designers at GM got it wrong and failed to properly envision what the future would bring. They became way too complacent, which is why the Japanese and Europeans came along and ate their lunch. You can see that by looking at the Concept cars they were creating going back to the 50’s. So, Cadillac is now playing catch-up in an effort to become more competitive. Maybe it is story of “Too little, Too late”. Time will tell. Like you, I don’t think of Cadillac as a “Performance brand” and they are unconvincing no matter how many times they win at the track. Their Competitors are still at the track competing, improving their product and becoming even more refined.

  • Porkopolis

    Some fanboys complain the C8 Corvette will be auto-only, but we’ll keep manuals in Cadillacs. Maybe Cadillac should try moving to Atlanta since New York didn’t work out. Sounds about right. I dunno. – GM Exec.

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