It Looks Like The Cadillac CT5-V Isn’t Even Meant to Be a Performance Car
A lot has been said about the Cadillac CT5-V since it first arrived in 2019 as the supposed replacement to the V Sport. Cadillac has gotten mixed reviews on every facet of the CT5-V. From its looks to its quality to its output to its performance, the CT5-V has become polarizing in so many ways. It also hasn’t been immune to a myriad of issues, including, as The Smoking Tire’s Matt Farah found out, a less-than-stellar 10-speed automatic transmission that doesn’t respond to the driver as well as we all thought it could. The CT5-V remains a solid performer in its segment, but is it really a proper replacement to the monster-engined CTS-V or is it more like the middle of the pack V-Sport model? Based on Farah’s experience, it looks, drives, and feels more like the latter.
The Rumor Mill Says That the 2021 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Will Be Good for 650 Horsepower
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding Cadillac practically sidelining the rather awesome and advanced Blackwing V-8. When we learned that the Blackwing V-8 wouldn’t be found inside the hotter CT5-V Blackwing, we were a little dumbfounded, and now it seems Cadillac is pulling a rather odd play from its book of moves. As it turns out, a new rumor says that the 6.2-liter V-8 is being reworked and will deliver 650 supercharged horsepower in the CT5-V Blackwing.
We Hope You Weren’t Planning to Buy a Cadillac CT4-V or CT5-V Blackwing This Year
As many other fellow carmakers, General Motors had its factories shut down because of the rapidly-spreading coronavirus. The giant was supposed to maintain the lockdown until March 30 and reevaluate the situation at that point.
Since things aren’t showing signs of improvement in the U.S. and plants remain closed, the ripple effect created by the measure is beginning to affect GM’s portfolio, including brands like Cadillac.
The Six-Figure Cadillac Celestiq Sounds Like an Attempted Money Grab That Will Fail
Let’s be honest, we you think about Cadillac, you think about mid-level luxury. They can be rather luxurious, but they are still GM and just really don’t compete with full-scale luxury brands like BMW, Mercedes, or even Audi. You damn sure wouldn’t cross-shop a Cadillac sedan vs. a Rolls-Royce or Bentley, though, would you? Well, as it turns out, GM and Cadillac think you will, and that’s why they are going to introduce the Cadillac Celestiq, an overly luxurious (or so they say) electric sedan that will sit comfortably in six-figure territory. A Cadillac…. In six-figure territory.
The Range-Topping Cadillac CT5-V Will Have a V-8, But Not the One You Want
There’s been a lot of talk regarding what the top-dog Cadillac CT5-V will hide under the hood, with the likely candidate being Caddy’s new Blackwing 4.2-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine. A recent report, however, suggests that the CT5-V range-topper will indeed get a V-8 engine, but it won’t be Blackwing-badged. It’s safe to say we didn’t expect that, but for now, we’re also taking this with a pinch of salt until official word comes from Cadillac to confirm or deny the rumors.
2020 Cadillac CT5-V
The 2020 Cadillac CT5-V is a higher performance version of the 2020 CT5, the midsize sedan that replaced the old CTS in 2019. Nameplate-wise, the 2020 CT5-V is a replacement for the CTS-V, but the redesign is rather lackluster in the performance department. While the CTS-V had in excess of 600 horsepower and delivered more oomph than the competition, the CT5-V’s V-6 engine slips below the 400-horsepower rating. So while it can compete with cars like the 2019 BMW 5 Series and 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class in terms of styling, features, and technology, the CT5-V doesn’t replace the CTS-V as a competitor for the beefed-up 2019 BMW M5 and 2019 Mercedes-AMG E63. Check out our review to find out why.
Cadillac Just Revealed the CT4-V and CT5-V, and I’m Pissed
Outside of the fact that you could have pretty luxurious American car with decent power, something that made the Cadillac ATS-V (and the last-gen CTS-V) stand out was the availability of a manual transmission. Cadillac dropped the manual on the CTS-V a few years back, so we didn’t expect the CT5-V to be offered with one, but the CT4-V certainly should at least be offered with the option. At least the ATS-V and CTS-V came with decent power. Well, now Cadillac has announced both replacement cars and, as it turns out, there’s no manual transmission and no power in sight. Does that mean those both cars are duds and should just be written off like the many other GM models that GM ruined in one way or another? Yeah, probably, and I’m pissed. What the hell is wrong with GM these days?
2020 Cadillac CT5
The Cadillac CT5 is the company’s long-anticipated replacement for the already iconic CTS. Spotted testing for more than a year now, the CT5 was unveiled in March 2019 and made its public debut at the 2019 New York Motor Show. The CT5 broke cover with a surprising design. While the CTS is a traditional three-box sedan with a long deck lid, the CT5 is more of a fastback sedan, with a sloping roof that descends toward the edge of the rear fascia.
Needless to say, it’s an interesting approach for an automaker that just axed all four-door sedans save for the flagship CT6. The CT5 also boasts a brand-new interior that includes more premium materials, better fit and finish, and state-of-the-art technology. It’s also packed with new driving assistance systems, as well as an innovative semi-autonomous system. Power comes from a couple of turbocharged engines, but the CT5 still lacks a high-performance variant. Let’s take a closer look at Cadillac’s new midsize sedan in the review below.
Cadillac Details The 2020 CT5 During its Debut at the New York Auto Show
Cadillac has finally shared details on its all-new CT5, the model with which it will replace both the ATS and CTS and also take the fight to the German premium automakers like never before. The CT5 is aimed at the likes of BMW’s 3-Series or Audi’s A4 sedans, even though it looks more like a big hatchback and is actually larger than all its direct rivals.
2020 Cadillac CT5 - Quirks and Features
Representing one of the newest additions to Cadillac’s lineup, GM has introduced the 2020 CT5. The 2020 Cadillac CT5 presents an unusual frame considerably different compared to any previous generation of Cadillac cars. Using angular shapes formed to capture the spirit and function of the Cadillac brand and its move into modernity, the CT5 features a dominant front section, coupe-styled roof, and unique rear lights that follow the philosophy of individuality. That is something Cadillac is so keen to introduce and promote with its new breed of its vehicles. Although we are still far from the full unveiling that will happen at the 2019 New York Auto Show, I am giving you all the available critical facts about Cadillac’s latest and greatest.
The 2020 Cadillac CT5 Has Officially Replaced the ATS and CTS
Cadillac is simplifying its sedan range and merging its two smaller offerings (the ATS and CTS) into a single model dubbed the CT5. It bears the current Cadillac styling that makes it look like a mini-CT6 from the front, but its rear end design is much closer to a fastback than it is to regular sedans, despite the fact that the car isn’t actually a liftback.
2019 Cadillac XT5 Sport Edition
Introduced for the 2017 model year, the XT5 is Cadillac’s first ever compact crossover. Originally sold alongside the massive Escalade, the XT5 now slots between the XT4 and theXT6. At the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, after three years on the market, Cadillac launched the Sport Package, a limited-edition bundle that adds a bit of variety to the crossover’s three-trim lineup.
The XT5 Sport joins similar versions offered for the smaller XT4 and the larger XT6 SUVs. It gives the XT5 a darker, slightly more aggressive appearance, but it doesn’t change anything under the hood. The Sport package is available with the Luxury and Premium Luxury trims, meaning it comes with a wide range of standard luxury features and technology, sitting just below the range-topping Platinum model. Let’s see what it offers.
Cadillac XT5 Goes Dark as Part of New Sport Package
The Cadillac XT5 is attending the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, and it’s looking decidedly darker than usual. While it would be nice to hear that the XT5 has taken on a more sinister personality, the truth is actually veiled under the covers of a new add-on package that Caddy is introducing for its SUV. It’s called the XT5 Sport Package, and while the upgrades are mostly cosmetic in nature, they do enhance the XT5’s profile, showcasing the SUV in a different light. The Sport Package is offered on the XT5’s Luxury and Premium Luxury trims at a price of $1,995 and $2,995, respectively. Cadillac will start taking orders for the package in the spring.
Here’s a Closer Look at the 550-Horsepower Blackwing V-8 from the 2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Series: Video
The more things change, the more they stay the same. While most of the industry focuses on new autonomous technology and electric drive systems, Cadillac is spreading the good word “V-8” with this latest 1-minute video featuring it’s new Blackwing powerplant.