New details have been revealed about the CT4-V and CT5-V before the big debut.
We’re just one day away from the world debut of not one but two high-performance Cadillac V-Series models, as the CT4-V and CT5-V will break cover on May 30. This year also marks the 15th anniversary of Cadillac’s first-ever V-Series model, the CTS-V. Ahead of the big debut, Cadillac has dished out some new details to give us an idea of what to expect from the new V-Series models.
Speaking to WKAR, Cadillac Product Manager for Future Performance Sedans, Ken Kornas, confirmed the debut will take place in Detroit, which is "the perfect venue” for the performance sedans. He also revealed the cars will have "distinctive design elements” that will separate them from the standard models including a unique grille and exhaust system. It’s also probably safe to assume we can expect more aggressive bumpers, a rear spoiler and possibly a ventilated hood, as well as a sportier suspension setup and unique alloy wheels to distinguish them as high-performance V-Series models. He also confirmed the CT4-V will be the smaller of the two models.
According to Kornas, both models will arrive in showrooms early next year and they will be the "most affordable and accessible V-Series ever.” While he didn’t go into specifics, his comment suggests the CT4-V and CT5-V will be cheaper than the 2019 ATS-V Coupe, which starts at $67,795, and also undercut the outgoing CTS-V, which sets you back at least $86,995. The new V-Series models should also be considerably cheaper than the CT6-V, which starts at $92,790.
As for performance, Kornas promised the CT5-V is "going to provide everything that customers are looking for.” That’s a bold statement considering the CTS-V it’s replacing has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine with 640 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque enabling the sedan to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.7 seconds before hitting a top speed of 200 mph.
We’ll have to wait until the official reveal to find out what lies under the hood of the CT5-V, but reports suggest it will be powered by the same twin-turbo 4.2-liter V8 as the CT6. In the standard CT6, this engine produces 500 hp and 574 lb-ft of torque, while the CT6-V delivers 550 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. The same engine could also be used in the CT4-V, but it will likely be less powerful than the CT5-V.