This Is The 2020 Cadillac CT5-V116
GM promised to reveal the Cadillac CT5-V today, and it did… though it might not be what anybody expected.
The 2020 Cadillac CT5-V features a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 making 355 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. No, we did not misspell that: 355 horsepower (265 kW) and 400 pound-feet of torque.
For what it’s worth, the automaker states that the torque comes on nice and low, reaching 90 percent of its peak at 1,800 rpm thanks to low-inertia turbochargers. The engine also features Active Fuel Management, otherwise known as cylinder deactivation.
The twin-turbo six is mated to the new GM 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel-drive is standard. All-wheel-drive is optional. An electronic limited-slip rear differential is also standard.
On the chassis side, the 2020 Cadillac CT5-V features V-Series performance chassis with Magnetic Ride Control 4.0, Performance Traction Management, Vehicle Control Mode with customizable V-Mode. A Brembo front braking system and 19-inch wheels and summer-only performance tires are standard. All-season tires are available on all-wheel-drive models
Outside, the 2020 Cadillac CT5-V features dark exterior accents and V-Series mesh grilles, unique rear diffusers and quad exhaust tips.
Inside, the model features “unique performance persona instrument cluster and V-Mode steering wheel control.” The Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system will also be available.
The Cadillac CT5-V rides on the same Alpha 2 platform that underpins the regular Cadillac CT5 and Cadillac CT4. It’s the successor to the first-generation GM Alpha platform introduced by ATS and CTS.
The 2020 Cadillac CT5-V goes on sale early in the 2020 calendar year. Production will take place at the GM Lansing Grand River plant in Michigan for the North American markets. Units destined for China will be built at the Jinqiao Cadillac plant in Shanghai.
Cadillac says that “additional product information, as well as details on additional V-Series variants will be announced at a later date.”
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So, a V-Sport…
For those who know th history of this 3.0 twin turbo engine, previously in a Caddy, it was rated at 400 HP. Now is the 355 HP rating for 2020 on regular gasoline? Of course it just might have a milder cam than the previous 400 HP version, but run it on premium gas and you will get a huge jump in HP in any turbo engine. Soon enough somebody will stick in on a chassis dyno on 93 octane gas and it will be at least 400 HP minus the transmission loss of HP. Is that my favourite GM colour from years past, Burnt Orange?
As the owner of a CTS V-Sport, I don’t think it even qualifies for that badging. The next version of a car should excite current owners. Neither of these do. This is really sad news. Seriously, this devalues the entire brand and wastes the expected PR from releasing these cars.
GM, see Alpha’s release of the Giulia Quadrofoglio prior to the regular Giulia for a case study on how this works. Just don’t repeat their quality issues.
I’m thinking about starting a petition or e-mail chain to get through to Mary Barra. I can’t stand to see Cadillac destroy itself like this. What happened is Mark Ruess would rather ruin Cadillac than to see JdN fix it. Seriously, we should at least try to send a message to Barra before production starts.
Completely uninspiring. I’m so glad I got my 2018 ATS-V sedan because unless they plan on doing a “Black” version or something, I think we’ve seen the last of anything that will compete with the M3, M5, or M-anything.
As noted in the BMW article, I’m disappointed, very disappointed. What gives me some sliver of hope is the comment in the reveal tonight about a V series version for those wanting to take their cars to the track. Something big better come from that. And even if it does, these lesser Vs (I guess considered V Sports if the name wasn’t retired) are lagging
Also what gives me a little hope is that mule that the GM authority photographers got a while back. Those tires rear were big on the last True (for the time being) V series sedan.
That’s is terrible.
Well at least they weren’t lying when they said that these new V-series vehicles would be the most affordable! Its a V series because of the badge technically but everything is is sub par considering the history of V. I should have known, like they did with the CT6-V which started off originally as a V sport which was acceptable then changed the language. Guess they are trying to compete with the rising performance cars “N.” Disappointing to me because I wanted to get a new V series vehicle, guess i’m going to stick to my original plan and get a V2 or V3 one.
First the CT6 V-Sport becomes a V without any changes. Now the 355hp CT5 is considered a V? What is going on since JDN left?
Mary Barra: “We need profits. Cancel all the V series programs. Rebrand the next generation V-Sports as the V models.”
Carlisle: “Yes ma’am, whatever you say. We’ll call it a portfolio simplification and cover up the shortcoming by bragging about low end torque.”
The CT6-V sport was really telling. Also did the GM bean counters not want to work with recaro anymore? The Germans probably assigned a few people to watch this reveal and tomorrow morning they will report nothing to their bosses because it does not even compete with their future performance vehicles.
What’s going on since JDN left? Probably a lot more cost cutting. You can see it clear as day in the 4 and 5, and the XT6. The dash gauges are the same for all cars, door handles unchanged. CT4 and 5 same mirrors as the ATS and CTS. All XT# SUVs sharing mirrors with the blazer. The CT4 mirrors look so cheap just like they did on the ATS.
All over the dash layouts are pretty much the same. These new cars are more of a refresh of the ATS and CTS than full new models.
Have to wonder what JDN was gunning for and what could have been.
They are basically below Genesis at this point, wait until that group gets a performance wing. I think they will really give the Germans competition. Seems Cadillac just wants to compete with Infiniti which isn’t hard.
This was all but finalized before JDN left a year ago. He had to have approved the engine choices. Whether he approved calling them Vs is another matter, but he didn’t quit over it, he was fired for reasons unknown.
JDN probably approved them with the understanding that these were V-Sport variants. Look at how CT6 V-Sport became a V right when he left. They probably canceled the real V’s on the same day they let JDN go.
Read the press release. More super duper V versions of these cars are coming, honest. The naming is bound to become even more confusing.
“Maybe it’s time for Cadillac just to be Cadillac again and let it speak for itself, not be put into someone else’s box,” Carlisle said”
Yeah. Mr.*icklisle. Now they are Cadillacs indeed.
Mary is a *OCKSUCKER.
Can u imagine. They did not even change the bumpers for the CT5. Im not even talking about the wide body and all the aggressive stuff.
And the power. This is a joke. lol The upcoming M3 will have 150-200 hp more. hahahah
Same goes to the CT4-V.
MB CLA 45 will have around 450 hp…
Let the hate begin. This time they deserve it.
Also MB A classe’s interior has outclassed this bs inside of the CT4. Game over.
This is enough. I’m tired and out of this waiting game.
Why are you tired of waiting? Just go and buy it! Then drive it as much as possible. If you keep waiting, you will be too old to drive!
The A class is a FWD econobox. While I’m disappointed in Cadillac/GM, that is not an accurate comparison.
It’s a V-sport…..
Not even a V-Sport. It’s a CT5-Zzzz
The last V-Sport had 420hp and a track-tuned suspension. This won’t even be able to hang with a BMW 340i or MB C43.
Whoever came up with the XT4 “less is more” strategy is now running the whole division.
I’m obviously no longer part of the target demographic (whatever it is — good luck!).
The least they could do is rename it the Cadillac CT5-Zzzz so as to not muddy up the resale value of it’s predecessors.
Actually, this will not only “hang” with the M340i and C43, but it will school them in nearly every performance metric. More info coming soon 🙂
Yeah, sure.. less powerful CT5 will school the 340. Alex, u sound funny now,,,’
Cadillac fooled us. Stop making excuses…
More info like what?
You will say that the 300 hp CT4 will school the upcoming RS3 or the CLA 45, that will have around 450 hp?
Sounds like you either know something we don’t or you are being optimistic.
Alex the drama will die down once they really run both of these cars.
Also I expect we will see more in higher performance in models we have yet to see.
I expect weight also will be reduced here. Less mass is always a better performance gain than HP alone. It helps much in turning and stopping as well accelerating.
FYI on Autoblog they are talking about how there is more performance to come and it may be under a new designation.
The V is the new entry level performance and the higher performance is yet to come.
Cut Alex some slack he is not going to risk future info just to stop the drama going on here.
It’s not Alex’s fault. Cadillac could have stated these are mid-line performance models instead of causing this confusion. It was pretty clear when MB and BMW rolled out their lesser AMG and M models that there would be top-line models as well.
Instead, Cadillac’s vagueness about “additional variants” shows uncertainty. Maybe they need to hear screams to move forward with a real V program… or maybe the joke is on us because they actually killed the V models instead of the V-Sport models.
Inhale exhaust fumes much Alex?
If anything, the CT4 got the better looks – basically it looks like a re-work of the current ATS – but in the overall no matter how one (Alex) tries to spin it, these vehicles are disappointments that do not live up to the hype and are an insult to the V series.
The following is inspired by the classic Wendy’s commercial from the 80s: ‘Where’s the V?’
Funny thing is that they are weak even for the V sport lol
I listened to the reveal and they implied more is to come. These models are basically V-Sports, which is cool
Good thing Cadillac got rid of its foreign management who didn’t understand what Americans want. Steve Carlisle knows that true Americans want underwhelming hp and torque from small displacement engines.
Thank god we got rid of the foreigners… 🙁
What a nightmare!
Thanks for 1 more reason to hold on to my gen2 CTS-V.
This is the result of letting Cadillac be Cadillac. While the prior generation V-Series was spectacular, a vehicle like that would not have fit in with an electric lineup, let alone one that may or may not move away from chasing the German luxury brands.
Now I agree that the styling changes for this model could have been a tad more substantial and that Cadillac should not have played up this launch, but the end result is predictable.
I currently have a 2016 ATS V and I was so excited for today…
I’m literally staring at the computer in complete shock, this is the most disappointing news I ever received from GM.
My current Cadillac is the 7th GM car I’ve owned. I’ve never had another company, well thats going to change.
I can’t stand by GM anymore, they are just a joke of a car company. This is the last straw. I’ll be looking at a M3 or M4 now.
You’ve become a disgrace Cadillac/GM. You can take your car parts bin and shove it!!!!
This is disgusting.
Que desgracia tan grande de hoy en adelante odio a Cadillac tanto esperar por un motor que debería ser igual o mejor al cts y termina siendo la misma plataforma con 300 HP Menos que vergüenza das pena Cadillac te odio y ahora Resulta que el motor de camino del silverado es el motor de rendimiento del sucesor del ats por favor que desgracias. Para eso no hubiesen presentado nada ya con el ct5 sport basta que es el mismo motor y eliminan la serie V de una vez y por todas capaz ahora salen con que la New escalade va a venir, 2.7 litros y ya una desgracias menos mal no sacan un xt4 porque seria un 2.0 lsy con acabados en v y más caros dios que porquería Gm debería eliminar Cadillac también jamás van hacer como los alemanes ellos si saben hacer vehículos de alto pendiente porque haciendo memoria el M5 utilizo un v10 y luego un v8 pero mejoro no como Cadillac que la caga
A few years ago, there were rumors of ‘V Plus’ versions coming for V-series cars…maybe that’s the direction they’re heading with this. If so, those specs had better be monumental improvements over what they announced today. Seems they’re watering down the V into a sub-brand…kinda sad – understandable, but sad.
If they cant get the basic car right, and compelling they’ll only attract a tiny group for the “Plus” versions… GM is killing this brand before our eyes… its pathetic…
The reveal itself was horrible. The guy couldn’t even read from a teleprompter. I have no clue what Cadillac is doing with these cars. The misinformation (CT6 cancellation for example) coming from that company is unacceptable and unbecoming of a fortune 500 company.
This has LESS HP than the Genesis G70 standard V6… This is sad. For what this is, it better be well under $50k
The G70 is a really nice car, I’d like to buy American but they are falling short and I’m not sure what they want to be known for. Performances?luxury?affordable?
These were the v-sports until that name was killed. The real “V” series is coming as 2021 model year under a new designator and significantly more of everything.
Can we get some more info on this?
Today the fan base is in shock!
Yep. Just wait. Something better is coming!
So, basically, they just devalued any existing car with a V and a Vsport on it for what? My CTS Vsport is bested in the lineup by a replacement V without any sporting prowess. Why? This is further illustration that you have to be a masochist to own a Cadillac.
Okay so based on what was said, this isn’t the top version of the V series? So why didn’t they just keep the v-sport name then if there is a more powerful track version coming “very soon”? Why give the impression that THIS is the V SERIES when you have a higher version coming of these 2 cars?
If you watch the reveal video, he stated that these are for the people who want a v series but not a full fledged track car and those will be coming “very soon” and that you’ll hear them before you see them coming.
One thing that people need to realize is that the CT5 is not a CTS replacement. As well as the CT4 is not going to be an ATS replacement. From what they (Cadillac) have announced, the CT6 is replacing the CTS, the CT5 is replacing the ATS. That leaves the CT4 which is going to be a step below the CT5. That means the CT4 will not be competing against the 3 series.
This is how Cadillac is structuring their sedans.
CT6 vs 5 series, E class, and a6.
CT5 vs 3 series, C class, and a4.
CT4 vs 2 series, A class and A3.
Someone might say well these cars are larger than what you (me) are saying. Well yes they are, Cadillac is going back to having tweeners. Where the size of the car is larger than what they are competing against. Their pricing should be competitive if not more competitive. One can say that it’s Cadillac’s version of giving you more car for the money.
As for performance I think they’ll be competitive. Especially if you option for the AWD. Look at the CT6 V. It’s quicker than the CTS V to 60 by 3 tenths of a sec. This is despite having 90 less hp. It’s up in the air for quarter mile times but one can guess that it’s probably quicker to that as well. I’m not saying that the CT5 V is going to have a similar time as the ATS V. But it should at least get to 60 in the mid 4 sec range.
HP and TQ numbers
CT5 V-355 hp/400 tq.
MB AMG 43-390/384
(I’m not sure about the next 2 feel free to correct me)
As one can see the Cadillac cars are competitive. But I do agree with most, the high performance models should be named V. While these should be called V-sport or something.
<Insert Nathan Fillion speechless gif here*