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 Rift Metallic color is exclusive to the CT5-V, and Cadillac tells us that “it’s an alabaster white-based color with a fresh greige hue.” Meanwhile, Infrared Tintcoat can be described as a new cherry red color that Cadillac says draws attention to the “sedan’s bold exterior styling.”
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
But 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. Aiming to encourage 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 front, the 2021 Cadillac CT5-V gains wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto functionality as standard. The wired functionality remains for those who prefer to use a cable.
Another major change is the addition of a new, optional 12-inch diagonal instrument cluster. The high-definition, reconfigurable cluster features different themes, including a traditional Tour theme, a performance-oriented Sport theme, a Track theme that’s exclusive to the CT5-V, plus a dark, minimalist theme called Stealth. Once drivers select a theme, they can change the information displayed in each zone of the cluster.
The new, all-digital gauge cluster is included and only available as part of the also new-for-2021 Technology Package, which includes a Head-Up Display. The Technology Package also requires the Premium Package. The standard cluster remains the unit with the analog speedometer and tachometer, along with a dual digital Driver Information Center display.
The introduction of the new digital cluster results in the deletion of the optional, 8-inch diagonal color Driver Information Center (DIC), which previously served as the up-level gauge cluster for the 2020 model year.
Additionally, the Rotary Infotainment Controller gains jog functionality, which allows the controller to be “pushed” in different directions to select different items on the display, as well as “rotated.”
Finally, SiriusXM gains 360L functionality, allowing it to deliver a more interactive satellite radio experience.
The 2021 Cadillac CT5-V interior also sees a material improvement in the form of upgraded Modena leather on the steering wheel as well as a standard Senza leather-wrapped horn pad.
From a package standpoint, the 2021 Cadillac CT5-V adds the aforementioned Technology Package, which includes the also-aforementioned 12-inch diagonal color reconfigurable driver cluster as well as the Head-Up Display.
As a result, the Navigation and Bose Premium Audio Package no longer includes the 8-inch diagonal color reconfigurable Driver Information Center display, which was the higher-end gauge cluster prior to the introduction of the 12-inch unit. 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 now includes Following Distance Indicator, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and IntelliBeam. The package no longer contains the Head-Up Display, which moves to the Technology Package.
From a mechanical standpoint, 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.
Introduced for the 2020 model year, the first-generation CT5-V is expected to live on thru at least the 2025 model year. Branded as a V-Series model, the CT5-V has been repositioned from its ATS-V and CTS-V predecessors, and now occupies an entry-level performance position between the “regular” CT5 and the upcoming CT5-V Blackwing.
The Blackiwng model will arrive in 2021 as the range-topping CT5 performance variant, making around 600 horsepower from a supercharged 6.2L V8 engine.