The first units of the Cadillac CT5-V performance sedan are now arriving, with some customers already receiving delivery.
The Cadillac CT5-V is currently the top-dog in the CT5 sedan model lineup, slotting above the CT5 Sport in terms of trim level cadence. Per Cadillac’s latest two-tiered V-Series strategy, a go-faster “next-level” Cadillac CT5-V is expected to debut later this year with more aggressive styling and aero, more aggressive suspension, a supercharged V8 engine, and even a manual transmission option.
As for the “regular” CT5-V, standard spec includes a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 (production code LGY) engine, which mates to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Output is rated at 360 horsepower at 5,400 rpm and 405 pound-feet of torque at 2,350 rpm. Rear-wheel-drive is standard, while all-wheel-drive is optional.
To sharpen its performance prowess even further, the 2020 Cadillac CT5-V is also equipped with fourth-generation Magnetic Ride Control suspension, Brembo front brakes, Performance Traction Management, and Vehicle Control Mode. Models running rear-wheel-drive get 19-inch alloys and a set of summer-only performance rubber, while the all-wheel-drive models swap the summer tires in favor of an all-season compound.
Styling is upgraded on the Cadillac CT5-V as well, with a V-Series mesh grille for the nose, glossy black trim bits front to back, and a rear diffuser matched to quad exhaust tips in the rear.
Pricing starts at $48,690.
With units of the CT5-V now headed to dealers, all eyes now turn to the forthcoming “next-level” model, which will up the ante with an estimated output in the 600-horsepower and 600-pound-feet range. Earlier reports indicated that the go-faster CT5-V would come tagged with the Blackwing name, just like the twin-turbo 4.2L V8 found under the hood of the Cadillac CT6-V, but it was later revealed that Cadillac changed branding direction and will likely call the upcoming four-door something else.