No manual transmission….

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-V & CT4-V drivetrain specifications
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Engine Type: 3.0L Twin Turbo V-6 2.7L Turbocharged I4
Valvetrain: Dual-overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, dual-independent valve timing and Active Fuel Management Dual-overhead camshafts, four-valves per cylinder, 3-step sliding camshaft, continuously variable valve timing, variable valve lift and Active Fuel Management
Fuel Delivery: Direct, high-pressure fuel injection Direct high-pressure fuel injection
Turbocharging System: Twin low-inertia twin-scroll turbochargers with electronically controlled wastegates and water-to-air intercooling Single dual-volute turbocharger with electronically controlled wastegate; intercooling system; 33-psi / 2.3 bar max boost
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 355 / 265 @ 5600 (est.) 320 / 239 @ 5600 (est.)
Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm @ rpm): 400 / 542 @ 2400-4400 (est.) 369 / 500 @ 1800 (est.)
Transmission Type: Hydra-Matic 10L80 ten-speed automatic Hydra-Matic 10L60 ten-speed automatic
Final Drive Ratio: 2.85 2.85

2020 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V: The Good

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Both the CT4-V and CT5-V are actually quite attractive. I’m honestly not a fan of Cadillac’s current headlight, but overall both cars have that sleek, sporty, four-door look without being tarnished with that four-door coupe bullshit every other luxury automaker is trying to push on us. Seriously folks, those four-door coupes or gran coupes are all sedans – I don’t care what the automakers say.

But I digress.

The point is that the CT4-V and CT5-V are actually quite sporty.

I do like the CT4-V a little better because it actually has a sportier rear end that’s somewhat aggressive. The CT5-V, on the other hand, kind of looks like Cadillac was afraid to get too aggressive with the fake diffuser. I do, however, like the front design of the CT5-V a little more than that of the CT4-V. If Cadillac blended the two together, I’d be one happy guy.

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The other pro for both of these cars is that they are RWD by default.

That’s right, they have the power, and it’s all delivered to the proper wheels by default. Of course, you can still opt for Caddy’s AWD system, but in RWD form, both the CT4-V and CT5-V have the ability to become true enthusiasts’ cars if they can hold up to expectations in their segments.

2020 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V: The Bad

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Well, the bad here is painfully obvious. The CT4-V and CT5-V could serve as both luxury and sports cars.

However, GM has decided to drop the choice of having a manual transmission at all and WTF were they thinking with these engine choices?

Remember what the ATS-V and CTS-V offered? The ATS-V used to put down 464 horsepower while the CTS-V pumped out 640. The replacement for the ATS-V is down by nearly 100 horsepower to just 320 and the replacement for the CTS-V has had one of its testicles removed and puts out just 355 horsepower. Is GM serious right now? GM just can’t stop with the disappointment.

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The next thing on my bad list is the braking system.

I have just four words for you : Brembo front braking system. Yeah, that’s how the press release reads. Maybe it’s just an error and the CT4- and CT5-V really have Brembo brakes all of the way around but, somehow, I doubt it. I could see GM cheaping out and going with cheap stuff for the rears. If that’s the case, that definitely ranks up on my bad list.

Final Thoughts

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In the end, I do have a bit of a soft spot for Cadillac’s V-Series, but it’s becoming a really hard lineup to like.

Now Cadillac is seriously hoping that the “V-Series” name will be enough to carry on the so-called “high-performance” CT4- and CT5-V.

Yeah right. Not a lot of people bought the V-Series in the first place, and I’m will to bet that nobody will now. Cadillac… uhem… GM has just signed the death warrant for the Caddilac V-Series badge and, if I had to guess, I’d say that without better leadership, Cadillac as a brand won’t be around much longer either. Why? Well, think about this:

  • Cadillac ousted its CEO over failure to build SUVS fast enough
  • Moving out of Manhattan (wasted money)
  • Canceled subscription service
  • Worthless renderings of an EV that doesn’t exist while the competition gains momentum
  • Janky semi-autonomous driving systems
  • And now, two shitty V-Series models with no balls

All of this happened over the last 14 months. It just stinks to high hell of death, don’t you think?

Further Reading

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Read our full review on the 2020 Cadillac CT5.

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan.

2016 Cadillac CTS-V High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V.

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