Now that pricing has been announced for the 2020 Cadillac CT5-V, we can start comparing the performance-oriented sedan against direct rivals in terms of power output and other key metrics, such as overall dimensions and price.
Those that missed the memo should take note: the new Cadillac CT5-V is no longer the monster of a hammer that the ATS-V or CTS-V were. Instead, it represents the entry-level tier of Cadillac’s newly-minted two-tier performance vehicle strategy, wherein the first tier carries the V moniker (like CT5-V), while the second tier will carry the V Blackwing name (such as CT5-V Blackwing). With that in mind, let’s see how the new CT5-V stacks up against the competition.
Starting at $48,690, the CT5-V competes against other mid-range performers such as the Audi S4, BMW M340i, Mercedes-AMG C43, and Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400.
All five contenders in the performance D-segment rely on six-cylinder engines with either one or two turbochargers. The CT5-V is equipped with the 3.0-liter V6 engine (production code LGY) mated to the new 10-speed automatic transmission, while its adversaries’ gearboxes get anywhere from seven to nine gears. All-wheel drive is available across the board, though it’s standard in the Audi and Mercedes.
|Model||Engine||Power (hp @ rpm)||Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)||Transmission|
|Audi S4||turbo 3.0L V6||349 @ 5400||369 @ 1370-4500||8-Speed Auto|
|BMW M340i||turbo 3.0L L6||382 @ 5800-6500||369 @ 1800-5000||8-Speed Auto|
|Cadillac CT5-V||twin-turbo 3.0L V6||360 @ 5400||405 @ 2350-4000||10-Speed Auto|
|Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400||twin-turbo 3.0L V6||400 @ 6400||350 @ 1600-5200||7-Speed Auto|
|Mercedes-AMG C43||twin-turbo 3.0L V6||385 @ 6100||384 @ 2500-5000||9-Speed Auto|
One of the more interesting points about the 2020 Cadillac CT5-V is that it’s as a bigger car than its competitors, but at a lower price point. Here’s how the exterior dimensions and curb weight line up.
|Model||Wheelbase (in.)||Length (in.)||Width (in.)||Height (in.)||Track F/R (in.)||Curb Weight RWD/AWD (lbs.)|
|Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400||112.2||189.6||71.8||56.8||60.4/61.4||3588/3998|
Since the CT5-V is bigger on the outside, it normally should offer a more spacious cockpit than its smaller rivals. Here are the interior dimensions of all five cars.
|Model||Front Headroom (in)||Rear Headroom (in)||Front Legroom (in)||Rear Legroom (in)||Front Shoulder Room (in)||Rear Shoulder Room (in)||Front Hip Room (in)||Rear Hip Room (in)||Trunk (cu. ft)|
|Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400||39.5||36.8||44.5||35.1||56.7||56.1||53.2||52.5||13.5|
Now, let’s see how the Cadillac stacks up to its competitors in regards to pricing. All figures listed include destination freight charges.
|Model||RWD MSRP||AWD MSRP|
|Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400||$54250||$56250|
In conclusion, the CT5-V ranks fourth for horsepower, but first for peak torque. Meanwhile, it is in fact the biggest car of the bunch form the outside, but apart from slightly more rear-seat legroom, the Cadillac’s cabin isn’t more spacious, and trunk space is the smallest in the segment. On the other hand, it’s the most affordable of the group, by a long shot.
Launch should take place in the first quarter of 2019.