DETROIT, Mich. – On Thursday night, Cadillac took a couple of new sporty sedans and refreshed its V-Series performance lineup, one of the cantors, CT5-V, being a soup variant of the new middle four door Launched at this year's New York car show, the other is the CT4-V, a sporty version of the yet-to-seen entry level CT4, but if you expect fire-spitting monsters that only fit the street, reset Your expectations, these two new machines are more jalapeño than habanero.
Cadillac's V Series was born in 2004, when the car manufacturer shoe-horned Corvette's 5.7L V8 engine in its CTS sedan and gave us CTS-V. Since then, track-focused performance versions of the CTS and ATS sedans (and the CTS-V wagon) have offered an American alternative to cars such as the BMW M3 and Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. But instead of turning everything up to 11 on these new models, the knob is set to somewhere between 8 and 9. "It's a new series on the V series. The current cars are only available for a fraction of the market. Not all Customers want time, "said Ken Morris, GM's global vice president.
When the regular version of CT5 debuted in New York beyond a brand new electronic architecture, there was also a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It has been replaced with a 3.0L twin-turbo V6 for CT5-V, which gives the car 335hp (250kW). It will be available with all or rear wheel drive, but only with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Its handling has also been upgraded with the introduction of Magnetic Ride 4.0, the latest version of GM's computer-controlled magnetorheological dampers, as it says, now provides a faster, better cushioning response, no matter where you happen to be in the car's performance envelope.
This one was really a new revelation, because we have not yet seen the basic model CT4 sedan. Like the CT5s, it uses the GM & # 39; s Alpha platform and benefits from much of the same technology as in its larger siblings. Under the hood is a 320hp (239kW) turbocharged 2.7L four-cylinder engine, borrowed from the GM's truck lineup. Like the CT5-V, it also uses a 10-speed auto and is also available in all or rear wheel drive. Select it earlier, and you also get these Magnetic Ride 4.0 damper AWD CT4 V & # 39; shipped with passive shock from ZF. Unlike the CT5-V, which uses an electronically limited slip differential, the smaller V series make with a conventional mechanical unit.
Visually, both V series use similar signals to distinguish from smaller caddies if you know where to look. There is black mesh instead of chrome in the grill, and elsewhere, the chrome light has been switched to black accents. Backwards, quad exhausts get brushed silver surrounds. And painted caliper (available in three different colors) signal to spectators that this car is meant to stop as well as it goes.
The reaction to the new cars has been a little damp. Gradually, the outbound ATS-V (replaced by CT4-V) comes with 464hp (346kW), and the CTS-V & # 39; (replaced by CT5-V) boasts a powerful 640hp (477kW) far above cars who will take their seats in the showroom. Neither the CT4-V nor the CT5-V are sold until 2020, so we will have to wait until closer to the time to know exactly how much is either putting you back. But Brendan Vivian, Cadillac's chief engineer, stressed that the renewed V-Series cars are meant to be more affordable than previous Cadillac halo models. "Expect a $ 6,000 – $ 7,000 prize over the sports versions," he said.
And fans of road trips notice: when cars hit showroom next year, GM's superb Super Cruise system will be available as an option in both.
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