GM launched the all-new Cadillac CT5-V for the 2020 model year as a new mid-range performance sedan that slots between the “regular” CT5 and the upcoming CT5-V Blackwing. In that position, the new CT5-V competes with other performance-oriented D-segment sedans such as the Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG, BMW M340i, Audi S4 and Infiniti Q50 3.0T Sport. The 2021 model year will represent the second year of the vehicle’s availability, and GM Authority is the first to tell you exactly what’s new and different about the 2021 Cadillac CT5-V.
The exterior sees the deletion of two existing colors with two new ones. The two deleted colors are Red Obsession Tintcoat and Royal Spice Metallic. Both colors are available at an extra charge for the 2020 model year, while the Royal Spice Metallic hue was a promotional color available only on the CT5-V (and the lesser CT5 Sport).
The two new colors are Rift Metallic and Infrared Tintcoat. The former is a color exclusive to the 2021 Cadillac CT5-V, and both will carry an additional cost. Photos of the two new hues are currently not available.
Overall, the 2021 CT5-V will be available in the following nine exterior colors:
- Velocity Red
- Satin Steel Metallic
- Summit White
- Black Raven
- Evergreen Metallic
- Shadow Metallic
- Wave Metallic
- Rift Metallic
- Infrared Tintcoat
Most of what’s new about the 2021 Cadillac CT5-V lies in the cabin.
First is the addition of Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance feature for use on limited access freeways. The feature, which Cadillac previously announced would become available for the 2021 model year, will become available early in the 2021 calendar year. It requires the Driver Awareness Plus Package with Super Cruise as well as either the Driver Assist Package or the Platinum Package. To work properly, Super Cruise also requires an active OnStar plan, active Wi-Fi Hotspot, working electrical system, cell reception and GPS signal.
A new Buckle to Drive system is added to the Teen Driver feature. With the goal of encouraging seat belt use, the feature prevents the CT5-V from being shifted out of Park until driver seat belt is fastened. The feature times out after 20 seconds and can be turned on and off in Settings or Teen Driver menu.
On the infotainment system front, the 2021 Cadillac CT5-V gains wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto functionality as standard. The wired functionality available on the 2020 models remains.
One of the most notable changes is the deletion of the 8-inch diagonal color Driver Information Center (DIC). This feature is replaced with a new 12-inch color reconfigurable cluster that was not previously available on the CT5. The new, all-digital gauge cluster is included and only available in the Technology Package, which also includes a Head-Up Display. This package also requires the Premium Package.
Additionally, SiriusXM gains 360L functionality, allowing it to deliver a more interactive satellite radio experience.
Finally, the Rotary Infotainment Controller gains jog functionality, which allows the control to be “pushed” in different directions to select different items on the display, as well as “rotated.”
Inside, the 2021 Cadillac CT5-V sees improved steering wheel materials. The wheel is now wrapped in a higher-quality Modena leather. Additionally, the horn pad is now wrapped in Senza leather.
A few package-level changes are also in store. For instance, the Navigation and Bose Premium Audio Package no longer includes the 8-inch diagonal color reconfigurable Driver Information Center display, which is replaced by the aforementioned, new 12-inch unit mentioned earlier as part of the Technology Package. Meanwhile, the Navigation and Bose Premium Audio Package now includes the Cadillac user experience infotainment system with embedded navigation, 15-speaker Bose Performance Series audio system and Wireless Phone Charging. For the CT5-V, the package is only included and available with the Premium Package.
Additionally, the Driver Awareness Plus Package (without Super Cruise) no longer contains Head-Up Display, which moves to the Technology Package.
Mechanically, the 2021 CT5-V continues to be powered by the twin-turbo 3.0L V6 LGY engine rated at 360 horsepower at 5400 RPM and 405 pound-feet of torque at 2350-4000 RPM.
Shifting duty continues to be handled by the new GM 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel-drive is standard, while all-wheel-drive is optional.
Magnetic Ride Control with FE3 performance suspension is standard, as is an electronic limited slip differential.
The 2021 Cadillac CT5-V goes into production in late Q3 2020 at the GM Lansing Grand River plant in Michigan. The very first units should begin to arrive at dealers roughly a month thereafter.