On the eve of the Detroit Grand Prix, Cadillac has not brought one but two new V-Series performance sedans to Motor City.
Cadillac debuted both CT4-V and CT5-V on Thursday. While the CT5 wasat the New York Auto Show, it's the first time anyone has seen Cadillac's smaller sedan. If you are wondering what should fill the shoes from the dear departure points, respectively ATS and CTS, they are here.
We start with what is known. The CT5-V is based on a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V6 that puts 355 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. It comes paired to a 1
CT5's exterior brings a little more aggression than the normal version. The shock absorbers are slightly more agile, and the whole car looks particularly acidic in the bright paint color used in Cadillac's own images. The centers have gone from chrome to something darker, including the lattice grid at the front. Four exhaust points hang out & # 39; round back. Its 19 inch wheels are reminiscent of ATS-V – here they come wrapped in summer tires, although all seasons are available for AWD models. Behind the front wheels are Brembo brakes. Inside, there is a unique instrument cluster
. The drive train sounds ugly enough, with an electronic slack back differential and GM & # 39; s Performance Traction Management system, offering multiple modes with varying levels of electronic nannies. Cadillac's latest iteration of Magnetic Ride Control, a system we love, is also standard on CT5-V.
On the tech front, Super Cruise is a welcome addition; This Level 2 system allows for hands-free cruising, thanks to a marriage with adaptive cruise control, active lane-keep assist and a driver monitoring system that cuts things away when the driver does not pay enough attention.
Now let's address the new-new. The smaller Cadillac CT4-V, as you might expect, depends on a smaller engine, but its production is not too far away from its larger brother. The CT4's 2.7-liter turbocharged I4 is good at 320 hp and 369 lb-ft, the latter coming at a good and low 1500 rpm. Just like CT5-V, little & # 39; offers a 10-step vending machine with both RWD and AWD on offer, in addition to Active Fuel Management.
This is the first time we have seen CT4, and honestly, it doesn't look much different from CT5. CT4 connects its headlights and headlights while CT5 does not. The taillights have a similar shape, but the layout inside is slightly different. Both sedans use the same fastback shape on the back, and it will be interesting to see how it affects the main compartment in the back.
The interior also chooses to borrow lots of items from CT5. Both dashboards have the same shape, especially around climate control and the partially "floating" infotainment screen. There is a screen placed between the gauges and the gear lever appears comically large in the Cadillac photographs. CT4-V, like its bigger brother, gets a special instrument cluster for V-Series cars.
Under this body, things are similar but not quite the same as CT5-V. Magnetic Ride Control is standard but only on rear-wheel drive models; AWD variants make it possible with passive dampers. Brembo front brakes are, however, equipped in both versions, and like the CT5, summer tires are standard like all seasons that are optional on AWD cars.
Both CT4-V and CT5-V are sold in early 2020, and more information will be announced at that time. They will both be built at the Lansing Grand River factory in Michigan. We will learn more about the rest of the CT4 series in the near future.