Cadillac V Series

From low-rider convertibles to classic muscle cars, Cadillac has always been a popular manufacturer in the USA, and now some of the brand’s top sellers bear the Cadillac V badge. From the CT4 through to the CT6, these variants feature turbo four-pots, V6s or V8s specced for racing-level performance. However, not every vehicle receives this treatment, with SUV nameplates such as the XT6 left off the list.

What is the Cadillac V Series?

Established in 2004, the Cadillac V series is the result of the subdivision that focuses on developing the most performance-oriented versions of already established nameplates. Turbocharged engines and manual transmissions are common within this segment, with the CT6-V boasting a throaty V8, too, since the whole point is delivering the most engaging driving experience possible. All-wheel-drive also comes equipped to several of the cars, improving their handling dynamics, and subsequently fun and safety. Since they were developed, in part, as a return to the sport scene, Cadillac V models compete with the likes of the Corvette or Camaro, as well as the Ford SVT.

List of Cadillac V Models

As stated, not every configuration is suitable for a V series makeover, but all the sedan/coupe options can be upgraded. Here are some examples, with a quick rundown of how they differ from the standard fare:

  • CT5-V - All-new for 2020, the CT5 is placed right in the middle of the lineup of Cadillac V models. As such, it has neither a four-pot nor a V8, instead opting for a turbocharged V6. The 360-horsepower engine is paired with a ten-speed automatic gearbox, which moves it from 0-60 mph in less than five seconds. Unlike some sport-centric rivals, it still presents drivers with a comfortable interior and respectable ride comfort.
  • CT4-V - The entry point to the series, the specs include a turbocharged four-cylinder engine developing 325 hp and 380 lb-ft, which launches the smaller sedan up to 60 mph from a standstill in around four seconds. Inside, the cabin suits the size of the car, but it is attractively adorned and outfitted with a fair number of standard features, including a premium 14-speaker sound system and an adequate safety suite.
  • CT6-V - At the top end of the series, the CT6 is the only coupe to come standard with AWD. Of course, it also carries the highest price, but it warrants such with its large displacement twin-turbo Blackwing eight-cylinder that allows it to make a benchmark sprint time of 3.8s. However, while the large sedan tries to compete with the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz, it falls horribly short the moment you step inside.

Model Power Engine Base Price
Cadillac ATS-V Coupe 464 hp 3.6-liter Turbo V6 Gas $67,795
Cadillac CT4-V TBC 2.7-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas $44,495
Cadillac CT5-V 360 hp 3.0-liter Turbo V6 Gas $47,695
Cadillac CT6-V 550 hp 4.2-liter Turbo V8 Gas $94,895
Cadillac CTS-V Sedan 640 hp 6.2-liter Supercharged V8 Gas $86,995
Cadillac ATS-V Sedan 464 hp 3.6-liter Turbo V6 Gas $61,595
Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing TBC TBC TBC
Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing TBC TBC TBC
Cadillac CTS-V Coupe 556 hp 6.2-liter V8 Gas $69,900
Cadillac CTS-V Wagon 556 hp 6.2-liter Supercharged V8 Gas $63,600

Why Buy a New Cadillac V Series?

There are a lot of options out there when it comes to high-performance vehicles, so you must be asking yourself why a Caddy should make its way onto your shortlist. Here are some strengths and weaknesses to consider when shopping for a new roadster, and how the offerings from the US-based automaker stack up against the competition.

Pros

  • Unquestionable performance
  • Fun as heck to drive
  • Throaty powertrains with sultry soundtracks
  • Decent list of standard features
  • Won’t cost you as much as the European alternatives

Cons

  • Not nearly as refined and luxurious as the competition
  • Subpar interior space for the segment
  • Gas-guzzling by default

FAQs

Are there any affordable performance Caddies for sale?

If you’re looking to buy a new Cadillac V series but your budget is a little tight, we have good news for you. With a selection of three current options, and two recently discontinued, you should be able to find one that fits your price range as well as your needs. The CT4-V is the cheapest current seller, with a starting MSRP of around $45,000. However, used models from previous years, or the discontinued ATS (which it replaced), might net you a good deal.

Which car is the fastest?

Unfortunately, the quickest of the range is also the one that got axed recently. The CTS-V is able to go from zero to “oh my gosh” in just 3.7 seconds. The nearest in comparison is the pricey CT6-V, which takes approximately one-tenth of a second longer.

Will there be any SUVs added to the list?

The Caddy ute lineup is just as extensive as its sedans, and arguably far more luxurious, as proven by the opulent Escalade. Sadly, there are no confirmed plans for a suped up high-rider. There are rumors that the already lavish Escalade may be getting the star treatment, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens.

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