When the 2020 Cadillac CT5-V was originally revealed earlier this year, it was estimated to make 355 horsepower (265 kW) at 5600 RPM and 400 pound-feet of torque (542 Nm) at 2400-4400 RPM. But the new performance-oriented sedan will make more than that when it reaches the market in early 2020, though only by slightly.
According to information gathered by Cadillac Society, the Cadillac CT5-V will reach the market with an SAE-certified 360 horsepower (268 kW) at 5400 RPM and 405 pound-feet (550 Nm) of torque at 2350-4000 RPM. Hence, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has rated the vehicle five horsepower and pound-feet of torque higher than Cadillac estimated. Even better, the SAE figures peg those maximum power and torque figures as being available 200 RPM and 50-400 RPM lower in the rev band, respectively.
To note, the 2020 Cadillac CT5-V features the twin-turbo 3.0L V6 engine (production code LGY) mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission and an electronic limited-slip rear differential. Rear-wheel-drive is standard while all-wheel-drive is optional.
Also standard on the 2020 Cadillac CT5-V are various chassis upgrades, including as the V-Series performance suspension with fourth-generation Magnetic Ride Control, Performance Traction Management, Vehicle Control Mode with customizable V-Mode, and a front braking system from Brembo. A set of 19-inch wheels is standard, with RWD models wrapping those wheels in summer-only performance tires, while AWD models featuring all-season tires.
The exterior features dark accents, V-Series mesh grilles, unique rear diffuser and quad exhaust tips that we already showed you on this Velocity Red CT5-V.
Inside, a unique performance persona instrument cluster and V-Mode steering wheel control join an all-new interior that debuted with the regular Cadillac CT5.
The 2020 Cadillac CT5-V creates a two-tier V-Series model lineup, wherein the first tier is represented by a more accessible model such as the CT5-V, while the second tier is represented by a significantly higher performance model in the form of the rumored CT5-V Blackwing. The former is essentially a replacement for the outgoing V-Sport models, while the latter succeeds the full-bore V-Series models. So those desiring even higher levels of performance will probably want to wait for the upcoming CT5-V Blackwing model.
The 2020 Cadillac CT5-V is expected to go on sale in the first quarter of the 2020 calendar year, while the CT5-V Blackwing is currently in development and has yet to be revealed. Even so, our sources tell us that, as of this writing, the super sedan is roughly 15-18 months from launch.