We’re Driving The 2021 Cadillac CT5-V – What Do You Want To Know?97
Over the next few days, GM Authority will be behind the wheel of the 2021 Cadillac CT5-V. The CT5 indirectly replaced the ATS Sedan (and the ATS-L Sedan in China), slotting into the D-segment to rival the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
The current Cadillac CT5 is built on the GM Alpha platform at the GM Lansing Grand River plant in Michigan. The general architecture is shared with the first-gen Cadillac CT4 as well as the sixth-gen Chevy Camaro.
The CT5-V is the new performance-oriented model that slots between the “regular” CT5 as well as the range-topping CT5-V Blackwing. In that space, it competes directly with the BMW M340i, Mercedes-AMG C43, and Audi S4/S5.
The CT5-V is powered by the twin-turbo 3.0L V6 LGY engine rated at 360 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated exclusively to GM’s 10-speed automatic transmission. Our model drives the rear wheels, though all-wheel drive is optional.
Our 2021 Cadillac CT5-V is coated in Rift Metallic – an optional ($625) color that’s new for the 2021 model year and one that’s also exclusive to the CT5-V. The interior is finished in Sedona Sauvage with Jet Black Accents, which is exclusive to the Platinum Package.
Our tester is loaded to the brim with nearly all the options, including:
Premium Package ($5,290):
- Lighting Package
- Illuminating front sill plates
- LED front cornering lamps
- Navigation & Bose Premium Audio Package
- Cadillac user experience with embedded navigation
- Bose Performance Series 15-speaker premium audio system
- Wireless Phone Charging
- Climate Package
- Heated driver and front passenger seats
- Automatic heated steering wheel
- Ventilated driver and front passenger seats
- Technology Package
- 12-inch diagonal HD color reconfigurable driver cluster
- Head-Up Display
Platinum Package ($6,290):
- Ultraview Sunroof
- Semi-aniline leather seats
- Parking Package
- Air Ionizer
- Power tilt and telescoping steering column
- Rear Camera Mirror
- Rear Pedestrian Alert
- HD Surround Vision
- Surround Vision Recorder
- Hands-Free Decklid Release
- Outside heated power-adjustable, power-folding mirrors
- Automatic Parking Assist with braking
Driver Assist and Advanced Security Package ($1,950):
- Auto seat belt tightening
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Steering column lock control
- Locking fuel door
- Door lock and latch shields
- Locking wheel lugs
- Enhanced automatic emergency braking
- Self-powered theft-deterrent alarm system
- Vehicle inclination sensor
- Vehicle interior movement sensor
- Reverse automatic braking
Driver Awareness Plus Package ($500):
- Intellibeam auto high beams
- Following distance indicator
- Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
All that comes out to a $47,795 standard vehicle price plus $14,495 in options, for a total vehicle price of $63,445.
In fact, the only options that our 2021 Cadillac CT5-V tester doesn’t have are Super Cruise and all-wheel drive, though – for obvious reasons – we prefer the rear-drive setup here in Miami.
So, if there’s anything you want to know about the Cadillac CT5-V beyond the specs, ask us in the comments section below, and we’ll reply as soon as possible.
Ready… set… go!
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I DO appreciate what you do here !!
I DO, very much !
I DO like reading your and the other gm dealer reviews of GM vehicles !
I DO like the ” first scoop ”
And I DO like this CT5 !
Like I have said before, we would own a CT5 Premium Luxury Cadillac with the 3.0TT, IF the interior, was BETTER !
We hoped, it would be !
We waited, and waited yet, not for us ! Our opinion !
Same with the XT4 !
Waited, was hyped out of this world by gm !
And WHAT A LET DOWN FLOP !!!
The XT4 was even WOSE than this, with the BLAH 2.0T ONLY !!!
AND WE LIKE BOTH of the EXTERIORS of these vehicles !!
gm was JUST TO CHEAP !!
IN OUR OPINION !!!
Keep up the good work !
You are in control here !
Is there an unused tire well under the trunk floor cover? No place to put a spare is a deal breaker for me.
Thanks for the article. My CT5-V AWD in Wave Metallic W/SuperCruise has been on order 6 weeks now, the plant shutdown obviously is slowing things down. Going from a 2018 ATS to the CT5, I’ve driven 3 CT5s and 2 CT4s, looking very forward to this new vehicle.
What are you thinking of MagneRide 4.0 in everyday use?
Sorry. I know that sucks.Hopefully, things will get figured out when you get the ride you deserve.
Thanks for the down votes,boys.
Now let’s be real men and tell me why.
It’s easy to hide behind and the one click thumbs down button.But let me hear what you have to say.
My ears are open. No, I do not have all the answers. I just stated what I believe. Now you state what you believe instead of taking easy way out. I won’t judge if your opinion is different than mine. That’s normal and I respect that.
I ordered a CT5V in January now my production date is May 20th and I feel if I get the car in June you might as well tag it a 2022. Why such a long wait ? Just got my new 2021 Corvette 2 weeks ago and ordered it after the CT5V. Please help and explain.
Wasn’t there a news story on here recently about some sort of production slowdown at Lansing, Grand River?
I know last year it took something like 7 months to get my ’20 CT5-V, but, or course, that included a plant closure for Covid.
We will know more in about 3 weeks. The factory should re-open first week in April. I ordered mine in January. if you want a 2022 you won’t see that until at least Sept/Oct if all things are up and running. if you ordered Super cruise it might be longer. ( as per the dealer) I ordered super cruise on my V so i am just holding tight. there are good group of V’s out there but none of them were configured the way I did mine so I am just waiting……The dealer thinks the only changes on the 2022 might be the upgraded sound system as mentioned earlier. Not worth waiting another 3 months or more for me.