The Cadillac V-Mode joins the familiar driving modes – Tour, Sport, Track and Snow/Ice. Unlike those four preset modes, V-Mode allows the driver to create a fifth custom mode by altering ten parameters of their car. We outline these parameters and how they can be adjusted in the following table.
|Parameter||Type of adjustment||Modes|
|Powertrain||Engine performance, throttle response, gear shifting speed||Tour, Track, Snow/Ice|
|Throttle progression||Sensitivity to driver inputs||Tour, Track, Snow/Ice|
|Brake response||Sensitivity to driver inputs||Tour, Sport, Track|
|Transmission shift||Increased shift speed, variable tendency to hold gear after throttle lift||Tour, Sport, Track|
|Engine sound||Volume adjustment by valves in exhaust system||Tour, Sport, Track|
|Steering||Steering assistance||Tour, Sport, Track|
|Suspension1||Damper stiffness||Tour, Sport, Track|
|Traction and stability control||Level of permitted tire grip loss||Tour, Track|
|Competition Driving Mode2||Steering assistance, traction control settings, Electronic Limited Slip Differential settings||Available or not available|
|Performance Traction Management2||Powertrain, electronic stability control||Wet, Dry, Sport, Race 1, Race 2|
- If the vehicle is equipped with Magnetic Ride Control.
- If equipped.
As we mentioned above, the Cadillac V-Mode system as a whole has four modes called Tour, Sport, Track and Snow/Ice. These do not necessarily have a one-to-one relationship with the similarly named modes for the parameters shown above. The following table should clear up any confusion:
|Traction and stability control||Tour||Tour||Track||Tour|
|Competition Driving Mode||Not available||Available||Not Available||Not Available|
|Performance Traction Management||Not available||Not available||Available||Not Available|
Cadillac V-Mode is selected or disabled by pressing a conveniently placed button on the right spoke of the steering wheel. All parameters revert to Tour mode (or become unavailable in the case of Competition Driving Mode and Performance Traction Management) if the system is deselected. When it is in operation, Cadillac V-Mode allows the Cadillac CT4-V or Cadillac CT5-V models to be configured according to the driver’s level of skill and driving enthusiasm, and to the conditions on the road or track on which they are being driven.
The Cadillac CT4-V is fitted with the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine, which produces 325 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque.
The engine in the Cadillac CT5-V is the twin-turbo 3.0L V6 LGY, which is rated at 360 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque.
Both motors drive the rear wheels – or, optionally, all four – through GM’s 10-speed automatic transmission.
Additionally, both models ride on the GM Alpha 2 platform, an evolution of the first-gen GM Alpha platform that underpinning the ATS and third-gen CTS. This summer, the CT4-V and CT5-V will both be joined by even more powerful and more capable variants – the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing.