The Cadillac CT5 in question has its badges covered up both in the front and the back and is also left-hand drive. The test car appears to be based on a Cadillac CT5-V, seeing as it has quite wide hips and a quad-tip exhaust. The photographer, an Instagram user named James, says it also had a “growly” exhaust note, so the vehicle is likely packing the same 355-horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged LGW V6 engine that is found in the production Cadillac CT5-V.
While right-hand-drive Cadillac vehicles are in the pipeline, it’s not clear if GM plans to launch the luxury sedan in the Australian market. It’s certainly possible that Australian GM engineers are testing the CT5 ahead of a planned launch in the country, but it’s equally likely that it has its Aussie engineering division doing some chassis development work on the model. It is believed that right-hand-drive Cadillacs are mainly being developed with the U.K. in mind.
As our Australian readers will know, GM no longer offers a rear-wheel-drive Holden model in the country after discontinuing the VF Holden Commodore and replacing it with the E2XX-based ZB Commodore. Local customers have a penchant for rear-wheel-drive vehicles, so offering a powerful, RWD-based product like the CT5-V in the country might not be such a bad idea—though for many Aussie GM enthusiasts, there will be no replacing the sadly defunct rear-drive Commodore.
If you need a refresher, the Cadillac CT5 features the aforementioned 355-horsepower LGW V6 engine, which is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and sends power to the rear wheels (though all-wheel drive is available as an option). It rides on an evolved version of GM’s acclaimed Alpha platform called Alpha 2 and also features Magnetic Ride Control, 19-inch alloy wheels and model-specific exterior touches. North American models will be built at the GM Lansing Grand River plant in Michigan, while Chinese-spec models will be produced at the Jinqiao Cadillac plant just outside of Shanghai. The test car spotted in the photo may have been built in the U.S., but seeing as China is a shorter distance from Australia, it also seems possible it may have come from the Jinqiao plant.
Cadillac is planning to launch an even more powerful version of the CT5-V called the CT5-V Blackwing, which is expected to feature one of the automaker’s supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engines. GM has implemented a new two-tier strategy for V-Series models with this new generation of Cadillac products, with plans to offer standard V-Series models and hardcore Blackwing-branded models for customers who want a true performance product.