When the 2020 Cadillac CT5-V debuted, its relatively low power and torque numbers were a surprise to those who had come to know and love the wildly powerful, supercharged V-Series cars that preceded it. It turns out the 2020 Cadillac CT5-V will make a little more power than originally thought, although performance enthusiasts will still have to wait for the rumored CT5-V Blackwing if they are looking for a truly hardcore driving experience.
According to our sister publication Cadillac Society, the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter LGY V6 in the CT5-V has received an SAE-certified rating of 360 horsepower (268 kW) at 5,400 RPM and 405 pound-feet (550 Nm) of torque at 2,350-4,000 RPM. This is five horsepower and five pound-feet up on General Motors‘ initial estimate of 355 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. The SAE also lists those power and torque figures as being available 200 RPM and 50-400 RPM lower in the rev band, respectively.
Readers of this site likely already know that the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 in the 2020 Cadillac CT5-V is mated to a new GM 10-speed automatic transmission and an electronic limited-slip rear differential. Rear-wheel drive is standard while all-wheel drive is optional. Also setting it apart from non V-Series models are a number of chassis upgrades, such as the V-Series performance suspension with fourth-generation Magnetic Ride Control, Performance Traction Management, Vehicle Control Mode with customizable V-Mode and a Brembo front brake kit. Alloy 19-inch wheels are standard, with RWD models coming with summer-only performance tires and AWD models featuring all-season rubber. The exterior also gets gloss black accents, a V-Series mesh grille and a unique rear diffuser with integrated quad exhaust tips.
|GM Estimated||SAE Certified|
|Power (hp / kW RPM):||355 / 265 @ 5600||360 / 268 @ 5400|
|Torque (lb-ft / Nm RPM):||400 / 542 @ 2400-4400||405 / 550 @ 2350-4000|
The 2020 Cadillac CT5-V introduces the brand’s two-tier V-Series model strategy. Under this plan, Cadillac is taking a two-pronged approach with regards to performance, offering a more accessible model like the CT5-V and then a more performance-focused, hardcore model like the rumored CT5-V Blackwing. The standard CT5-V essentially replaces the outgoing V-Sport models, then, whereas the Blackwing models are the true predecessors to cars like the third-generation CTS-V.
The 2020 Cadillac CT5-V is expected to go on sale in the first quarter of 2020. The CT5-V Blackwing is currently under development and has yet to be revealed, though it is still over a year from launch, our sources indicate.
This report was written in collaboration with our sister publication, Cadillac Society.