Although General Motors has suspended production operations in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the first units of the Cadillac CT5-V performance sedan still made it to dealers earlier this year. That means there are just a few examples available for purchase right now, and even media drive events have been put on hold. Nevertheless, we went to investigate what the new sports sedan has to offer, tracking one down at a local in South Florida.
While practicing social distancing, we discovered that the Cadillac CT5-V has a nice, throaty snarl when giving it some revs.
Just behind those quad tips, the Cadillac CT5-V gets a specially tuned exhaust system with a unique dual-mode functionality that uses a set of “flaps” inside the exhaust pipes to change the exhaust sound, either opening or closing depending on the drive mode selected. For example, in Snow/Ice or Tour mode, the flaps close, making for a less aggressive noise, while in Track and Sport mode, the flaps open, allowing for a louder exhaust note.
This is the first time we’ve heard the Cadillac CT5-V’s dual-mode exhaust system, and confirmed with Cadillac that the feature is indeed equipped on the sedan.
Dual-mode exhaust is a good fit for the Cadillac CT5-V, complementing the sedan’s dual luxury/sporty personality. We also liked the pops and bangs it made when changing gears.
To note, the Cadillac CT5-V is equipped with the twin-turbocharged 3.0L LGY V6, which makes 360 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. A 10-speed automatic is on hand for cog swaps, connecting to either RWD or AWD. The sport sedan also features unique tuning for the chassis and suspension, plus Performance Traction Management, Magnetic Ride Control 4.0, and an electronic limited-slip differential.
Even more performance will be offered with the upcoming Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, which will replace the turbo V6 with the supercharged 6.2L LT4 V8, throwing down about 600 ponies in the process. To note, the CT5-V Blackwing rollout has been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stay tuned, because we’ll have plenty more on the Caddy sports sedan coming soon. In the meantime, subscribe to GM Authority for more Cadillac CT5 news, Cadillac news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.
This post was written in collaboration with our sister publication, Cadillac Society.
A special thanks to Sheehan Cadillac in Pompano Beach, Florida for letting us spend some time with their Black Raven CT5-V, which is available for sale as of this writing.