Don't worry, Cadillac's performance division is far from dead.
The Cadillac CT5 is a massive improvement over the ATS (and CTS) it replaces, but as we tend to do, we're already looking forward to a high-performance V model. Cadillac has hinted at a CT5-V in the past but the company never made an official confirmation of its existence - until now. In an email to CarBuzz, a Cadillac spokesperson confirmed the company is ready to reveal not one, but two all-new V models. "I can confirm that we will be revealing the CT4-V and CT5-V on the evening of May 30th. We will not be revealing the CT4 at that time though," said Stefan Cross, GM's Assistant Product and Brand Communications Manager.
The CT4 will slot below the CT5 in Cadillac's three-model sedan lineup, competing with cars like the Acura ILX, Audi A3, and Mercedes A-Class. We are surprised Cadillac isn't revealing the base CT4 first, but rather the high-performance CT4-V model. The big reveal event is set to take place just two weeks from now so we won't have a long wait before getting to see the next generation of Cadillac V models.
We still know very little about the CT4-V and CT5-V other than the latter is rumored to use a detuned version of the 4.2-liter twin-turbo Blackhawk V8 found in the larger CT6-V. In the CT6-V, this engine produces 550 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque and finds itself mated to a 10-speed automatic.
The V8 would likely be more powerful than the outgoing ATS-V, which produced 464 hp from a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6, but we don't expect the CT5-V to match the 640 hp figure found in the larger CTS-V with its 6.2-liter supercharged V8. We also don't expect a car as small as the CT4 to accommodate a V8, so it's anyone's guess as to what will power the CT4-V. Just like everyone else, we'll have to wait until May 30th to find out.