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  • 11/27/2019 7:52 AM | Anonymous

    SOURCE: Motor1.com, AutoBlog.com & The Drive.com

    Enthusiasts met the rollout of the Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V with tepid enthusiasm. The two cars, with 320 (239 kilowatts) and 355 horsepower (265 kilowatts) respectively, didn't rival the high power bar set by cars like the ATS-V and CTS-V before them. But with Cadillac's new twin-turbocharged Blackwing engine, hopes were that the V8 might make its way to upcoming CT5-V and possibly a handful of other vehicles. But a new report suggests that's unlikely to happen.

    Cadillac's 4.2-liter twin-turbo Blackwing V8 debuted only last year, popping up in the CT6 V-Sport — now the CT6-V — with 550 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. The engine's been stymied in every attempt to power a different Cadillac model since then. Its only two use cases have been a first and second run of the original, limited-edition super sedan and the CT6 Platinum V8 trim at a slightly detuned 500 hp and 553 lb-ft. Motor Trend cites "a highly placed source at GM" as saying that the Blackwing won't go into the coming high-performance version of the CT5-V nor in the next-gen Escalade. Left without options, there's a chance the Blackwing will die with the CT6, itself a sedan with its grille on the executioner's block just waiting for the bite of an ax that might or might not shortly fall.

    Cost-cutting has been tagged as the reason for this misfortune; Cadillac's sales malaise and lack of clarity as to how to turn sales around led GM to downsize the brand's allowance. The parent company chose to build the new CT5 on the Alpha platform used for the erstwhile ATS and CTS instead of the Omega platform underpinning the CT6. Along with that choice, the MT report says expense reasons nixed fitting the Blacking V8. We know the lower-tier V series CT5 will work with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 making 355 hp and 400 lb-ft. When we heard spy video of the upper-tier V series CT5 out testing, the engine sounded like the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that would be a carryover from the last model.

    Early plans called for the CT5 sedan and XT6 three-row crossover to use the same Omega rear-wheel-drive platform as the CT6. That would have made the optional V8 engine a natural fit for the two vehicles. But the CT5 and XT6 don't share the same base as the XT6, and Cadillac says it's too expensive to shoehorn the engine into either vehicle, at least, at the moment.

    It's unlikely that the new Escalade gets a unique engine at all. The SUV will probably use a GM-sourced pushrod V8 off the shelf, either one of the 5.3-, 6.2-, or 6.6-liter options already available. The current Escalade uses a 6.2-liter V8 that produces 420 hp (313 kW)and 460 lb-ft (624 Nm) of torque.

    We already know that a more-powerful CT5-V is happening. But based on this new report, Cadillac's Blackwing V8 probably isn't hiding under the hood of those prototypes. Considering the CT5-V uses the same Alpha platform as the outgoing ATS (and thus, Camaro), it's possible that the 6.2-liter V8 from the Camaro carries over. If you slap a supercharger on that engine, a la ZL1, it could produce as much as 650 hp (485 kW).

  • 08/05/2019 5:18 PM | Anonymous


    Source: Autoblog Joel Stocksdale

    One of the weird tidbits of car news in the past year was the change in naming for the 2020 Cadillac CT6-V. When it was first revealed, it was called V-Sport, the term previously used for Cadillacs with more moderate performance upgrades than the full-blown V cars that possessed massive power outputs and serious track-going capabilities. But then, before the car in question went on sale, Cadillac changed the name to match the equally moderately sporty CT4-V and CT5-V that officially downgraded the V name. So what should we make of this CT6-V, then? Is it a hardcore performance machine like the old V cars? Or is it what we’re expecting of the new V cars: a lightly upgraded version of the base car that isn’t particularly distinguished? As it turns out, the CT6-V sits between these two extremes to create a car that’s involving and exciting for the driver without compromising the CT6’s refinement and luxury.


    Mechanically, the CT6-V is ultimately closer to its full-bore V predecessors. The highlight is the “Blackwing” twin-turbocharged 4.2-liter V8 that makes 550 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque. Besides giving the engine prodigious output, Cadillac borrowed some pages from the AMG handbook: the turbocharger is nestled in between the cylinder heads, just like the current 4.0-liter AMG V8, and each engine is hand-built start to finish by one of six engine builders. The builder’s name is even featured in the engine bay. They’re special details that fit the idea of the old V cars, but the fact that a version of the same engine is in the Platinum CT6 does make its inclusion in the CT6-V seem less special, even if its output is notably less at 500 horsepower and 574 pound-feet of torque.

    Setting aside the details, the engine performs well in the real world. It’s astonishingly smooth, exactly what you want from a fast flagship. It also emits a unique exhaust note that’s both raspy and growly. You won’t mistake it for a pushrod powerplant. The power and torque provide a prominent push at all points in the rev band after a brief moment for the turbos to spool up. It’s just a shame there isn’t much of a rev band, as the engine redlines at 6,000 rpm, which is easy to hit thanks to the engine’s creamy character. It’s so low one wonders why Cadillac bothered developing a double-overhead-cam engine at all.

    The V8 is coupled to a 10-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The 10-speed is perfectly fine when cruising around town. But driving hard or manually shifting, it doesn’t change cogs very quickly, and shifts can even be a bit jerky. The all-wheel drive works well, providing plenty of traction, but you can still detect the car’s rear-drive roots with a stab of the throttle and accompanying looseness from the tail.


    The best part of the CT6-V is its chassis, which is capable of doing everything you might want in a big sports sedan. Do you wish to cruise in serenity? Keep it in the “Tour” mode, and the magnetically controlled adaptive suspension (also standard on Platinum, but specially tuned for the CT6-V) makes every bump vanish while keeping the body perfectly stable and level. The steering lightens up for carefree turning. And the relaxed mood is emphasized by the near silent cabin.

    In the middle is the Sport setting, which makes the steering a little heavier and firms up the suspension. It’s best as a default setting for drivers who don’t like the more isolated Tour mode but don’t want to go full Track mode all the time.

    Speaking of which, Track mode reveals how good the CT6-V really is. The suspension firms up even more, nearly eliminating body roll while still returning a compliant ride. The steering becomes fairly heavy, but it suits the size of the car, and it actually provides a surprising amount of feedback. As in all modes, it’s quite quick and the car turns in with immediacy. That quick, communicative steering, plus the car’s rear-wheel steering, makes it nimble and easy to place. It feels like it’s an entire size class smaller than it is. It’s also reassuring to have the V’s upgraded Brembo brakes up front.

    In Track mode, it's safe to say that there isn’t another full-size luxury sedan that feels as fun to drive hard as the CT6-V. It even sounds the part, as Track mode also enhances the synthesized engine noise. While not necessary, it does actually sound good and burbly in this application, so it’s not unwelcome.

    Visually, the CT6-V is extremely subtle, and more in line with the V sub-brand's new positioning. From the outside, the only tipoffs are the mesh grilles, V badges on the fenders, and front and rear spoilers. It’s refreshing, though. This is a car for someone who is secure in who they are and what they drive. It doesn’t have to proclaim its ultra-special configuration to the world with garish carbon fiber splitters, vents and spoilers as the CTS-V did.


    Interior upgrades are subtler, with special gauge graphics and copper-accented carbon fiber trim the only things really differentiating it from a CT6 Platinum. However, it ultimately suffers from the same issues as every other CT6. As noted in our XT6 first drive, there's a certain chunkiness to Cadillac's interior design that makes it feel low-rent and uninspired compared to German rivals, or even Lincoln's ritzy new SUVs. There are also some functional issues with some of the updates made for 2020. Cadillac's new monostable shifter doesn’t feel as substantial as the previous model. The redundant control knob that replaces the CT6's old touchpad looks and feels nice (as does the accompanying volume knob), but the lack of fore, aft, left and right movements limit its functionality. The drive mode button is also difficult to access.


    While the CT6-V has some minor faults, they don’t diminish the CT6-V’s impressive driving dynamics. In one car, you get a confidence-inspiring backroad companion plus a soothing interstate eater. It’s the luxury flagship for the person that wants to always be in the driver seat, never in the back – most of its competitors are the other way around. Importantly, the CT6-V also represents a worthwhile performance upgrade over the CT6 Platinum, both in terms of its engine as well as handling capability. It even costs less at $95,890 versus $97,490, although the Platinum does counter with fancier massaging seats and Super Cruise, which aren't available on the CT6-V. Further proof that Cadillac figures CT6-V owners intend to drive themselves, then. And if they do, they'll find the brand's new high-powered flagship will let them enjoy the experience, no matter what it's called.

  • 08/01/2019 7:37 AM | Anonymous

    SOURCE: Road and Track, Chris Perkins, Jul 30, 2019

    Last year, Johan de Nysschen abruptly left his position as president of Cadillac after four years at the helm. Early in his tenure, the brand moved its headquarters to New York City from Detroit; in September, it announced it was moving back to Michigan. A few months after that, GM said it would shutter a number of plants in the US, including the Detroit-Hamtramck plant that produces Cadillac's flagship CT6 sedan. Then earlier this summer, Cadillac introduced new V-series versions of its CT4 and CT5 sedans (pictured above) that have a lot less power, and seemingly less race-track capability than the old ATS- and CTS-V.

    All worrying for a brand that, in the last few years, developed serious enthusiast credentials. It seemed those might go away, with Cadillac being forced to conform to what's happening elsewhere in GM.

    Steve Carlisle, the former GM Canada head who replaced De Nysschen last year, doesn't think we should be concerned. Last week at the Washington D.C. first drive of the new XT6 SUV, we spoke with Carlisle about the future of the brand, more specifically its performance cars.

    Where the V-series versions of the ATS and CTS were full-on rivals to BMW M and Mercedes-AMG's best, the new Vs are mid-tier offerings. Many were confused by the move, especially after Cadillac had pretty well established what a V-series car represented.

    "The visceral reaction to that—maybe not in a good way—before you tell the whole story, it's pretty amazing," Carlisle said. "It just tells you how much emotion that there is around these performance sedans."

    "You can always have steps and gradations in terms of what you offer, and who you make it accessible to, and how," he continued. "And that's really where we're going."

    Carlisle said he wasn't surprised by the mixed reaction to the new Vs. "It's been a bit, kind of fun," he said with some humility. But there is more to come. Shortly after debuting the new CT4- and CT5-V, Cadillac brought camouflaged prototypes of hotter versions of the two new sedans to the Detroit Grand Prix last month. Carlisle wouldn't reveal any specific details on these upcoming models, but he did hint at a name, when the subject of the brand's new 4.2-liter twin-turbo dual-overhead-cam V-8, called Blackwing, came up.

    "The engine is one question, but the idea of Blackwing is another question," he said. "You can literally equate it with the engine, or you can equate it with the concept high-performance track-capable. So then what can we do with the Blackwing?"

    Ever since the higher-performance versions of the CT4- and CT5-V were first teased, there's been a rumor floating around that they will carry the "Blackwing" moniker. Carlisle didn't confirm anything to us, but don't be surprised if this is actually the case.

    Our colleagues at Car and Driver were at the Detroit Grand Prix when the two sedans were paraded out, and report that the CT4-V sounded like it had a V-6 while the CT5-V's noise was that of a V-8. At the XT6 event, a Cadillac engineer also wouldn't rule out the possibility of a manual for the CT4-V, just as there was with the old ATS-V.

    It's unclear if the CT5-V will get the new twin-turbo V-8. Right now, the future of that engine is a little unclear. It was developed in house by Cadillac, and is currently offered in the CT6 Platinum and CT6-V. While the CT6 is confirmed to continue production in China for that market, the big sedan's American future has yet to be decided. Anything beyond January 2020—when Hamtramck is scheduled to close—is "tied up, to a great extent with [United Auto Workers] negotiations," Carlisle said.

    Before you let your imagination run wild, no, we won't see this V-8 in the C8 Corvette. Carlisle said the first time he was asked if Cadillac would share the new V-8 with other GM brands, he replied, "over my dead body."

    And if the CT6 dies in America, that doesn't spell an immediate end for the V-8. "There's lots of things we could do with it," Carlisle said, though he had no specific plans to announce.

    This V-8 also signals the sort of engineering work that will be undertaken at Cadillac in the future. "When it comes to powertrains and propulsion, that's a heart and soul kind of thing. It's the DNA of a car," Carlisle said. "From a Cadillac perspective, there are certain things that need to be exclusive to Cadillac."

    And while not all Cadillac products will get exclusive engines—the CT4-V, for example, shares its 2.7-liter turbo-four with the new Chevrolet Silverado—they will have Cadillac touches. "The powertrains and propulsion that we use, there will always be a distinctive Cadillac element to them. There just has to be," Carlisle said.

    The Cadillac boss told us that performance SUVs are on the table—"I say why not?"—but he concedes they could never replace true sports sedans. "You're dealing with higher [centers of gravity], weight distributions, everything like that," he said.

    As Cadillac is charged with rolling out more, and better, SUVs, Carlisle has no intention to abandon the V brand. "You can't meet better advocates for our brand anyway than V-series customers," he said. There's also engineering value in these relatively low-volume cars. "It pushes us. It makes the mainstream cars better when pushing yourselves on that envelope," Carlisle said.

    You get the impression that things are brighter at Cadillac than they seemed. And best of all, it's not abandoning cars that show BMW M and Mercedes-AMG that America can make a real sports sedan.

  • 06/01/2019 1:48 PM | Anonymous

    SOURCE: Media.Cadillac.com



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    On Thursday, GM announced the 2020 Cadillac CT4-V and 2020 Cadillac CT5-V without much fanfare we assume because both models were “lesser” than the ATS-V and CTS-V they indirectly replace.  GM Executives explained that Cadillac’s new strategy for the new CT4-V and CT5-V are new “entry level” performance offerings with a little more styling and options than the base models.  GM alluded to the fact that higher-performing variants of the CT4-V and CT5-Vmodels were on their way and that everyone should tune in to the Detroit Grand Prix Weather Tech Champsionship Race today for a suprise. Well, today Cadillac gave us a glimpse of these higher performing prototypes!

    Attendees of the 2019 Detroit Grand Prix witnessed two new prototypes on the track for some "hot laps" at about 11:20AM EDT.   Unfortunately those of us who tuned in on TV discovered there was zero coverage or mention of these new Cadillac prototypes.  Our representatives at the venue stated that a CT4-V prototype model was covered in blue camouflage and  was joined by a red camouflaged CT5-V prototype on the track.  There was no official announcement as to what exactly the powertrain will be for these prototypes but we estimate it is significantly more than what was announced on Thursday.   We think it is a safe bet there will be a version of Cadillac's twin-turbo Blackwing V8 engine under the hood of the V-badged CT5 prototype and we would love to see a twin turbo Blackwing V8 under the hood of the lightweight CT4-V too. But of course we are just assuming that since the CT6-V has the Blackwing, it will be passed down to it's CT siblings with even more power.

    Cadillac is tight lipped on additional specifications saying only that these two vehicles "represent the next step in Cadillac's V-Series performance legacy." So we'll just have to wait until probably 2020 for the details.  We like the fact that both prototypes feature large black wheels, quad exhaust tips, and black mirror caps. In addition, both appear to have more advanced/extreme aerodynamic components than the already-announced entry level CT4-V and CT5-V models.

    The V-Sport designation is gone.. All Cadillac luxury high performance vehicles will evidently wear a single V badge.  However, there will be two tiers of "V-Performance".   You will be able to purchase a base model CT-"X", a entry level "V' or a high performing V that has yet to be named with an additional "moniker".   GM President Mark Reuss says he knows there are people out there who want a performance car as a daily driver, and the new CT4-V and CT5-V that go on sale early next year are geared to them.  For those of us who are current V Owners and are looking for equal to or higher level performance (power, style and handling)... we will just have to remember that  "good things take time" and we are confident that Cadillac has everything under control and when these new prototypes are delivered, they will be worth the wait.

    If you missed the announcement and detailed specifications on the new entry level CT4-V & CT5-V, click here.

  • 05/31/2019 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    Many of our Cadillac V owners were disappointed at the recent announcement of the 2020 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V which recently debuted at the Detroit Grand Prix event.  This disappointment primarily originates from the fact that both the CT4-V and CT5-V have significantly less horsepower than the ATS-V and CTS-V models they are intended to replace. These vehicles are not only less powerful but also feature less aggressive styling and are nowhere near the "V-Performance" level of their predecessors.

    At Cadillac’s special announcement event in Detroit, GM President Mark Reuss said that there will be a second, even more powerful V-series model available at a later date.  Cadillac’s official press release also states the following:

    “The new lineup expands the V-Series ethos, drawing more customers into the Cadillac Performance family, and the newest Vs are focused on elevated athleticism and luxurious refinement for customers wanting a dynamic daily drive,” said Reuss. “And this is only the beginning of the V family. Cadillac’s passion for performance shines on a racetrack. Stay tuned.”

    It appears that Cadillac has adopted a two-tiered V-Series performance vehicle strategy, much like many of its competitors based in Europe. The entry-level performance models, like the new CT4-V and CT5-V announced on May 30, will be “accessible” models targeted towards a specific market segment.  These buyers are not "horsepower driven" and prefer driving a sporty vehicle that is somewhere in the $50K range or less.

    In other words, these entry level V's are not the high-performance monsters that car enthusiasts have come to associate with Cadillac’s V-Series history such as the ATS-V, STS-V, XLR-V and CTS-V.  These new V-Series cars are a step up from the “regular” base models creating a new mid-level performance offering previously occupied by the former V-Sport vehicles. In fact, the new V-Series cars are basically a direct replacement for the CTS V-Sport and XTS V-Sport models.

    Rest assured that above these models will be a level of higher performance Cadillacs. These to-be-named "high performance models" will be the direct successors to the well-known and highly respected V-Series models of the past. These "not officially announced" models will be the ultra-high-performance vehicles capable that are "track ready" with adequate horsepower, torque and handling to put that smile back on every proud V owner's face.

    For those of you who lost sleep last night, just keep in mind the new CT4-V and CT5-V are meant to solve a competitive disadvantage that Cadillac had for roughly the past decade – the lack of financially accessible sporty-oriented models that German competitors have identified and are owning market share "outright".  If you are are a current V-Series owner, more than likely you are not interested in purchasing at CT4-V or CT5-V... you are looking for performance, handling and styling equal to or greater than the V you currently own.

    One step above this entry level will be the “real” performance offerings, with extreme horsepower, more aggressive styling, special tires and adequate chassis and cooling hardware to be driven hard with a competitive advantage over other brands of luxury sport cars.  The Cadillac V-Series models have now been around for 15 years, and it’s about to get bigger. However, don't be surprised if this new line of luxury performance vehicles do not even display the current V badge... our guess is it is time for the "real" next generation of Cadillac high performance luxury vehicles to be born with a new identity! 

    Tune in to the IMSA Weather Tech Championship Race on Saturday, June 1. Cadillac will have on track activity from Saturday from 11:24-11:29AM EDT at the Detroit Grand Prix IMSA event on Saturday.  This is a tease and sneak preview that Cadillac has planned with camouflaged "yet-to-be-announced" high performance vehicles.  The IMSA Weather Tech Sports Car Championship Race starts at 12:30PM EDT.

    Stay patient. Remain resilient and don't give up on GM. Good things take time but are always worth waiting for!

  • 05/31/2019 8:45 AM | Anonymous


    Expanded lineup adds more choices for spirited performance. Highlights include available Super Cruise, AWD, Magnetic Ride Control 4.0, eLSD and new V-Mode

    Driven by Cadillac’s latest turbocharging technology and building on more than 15 years of performance credentials, the first-ever 2020 CT4-V and CT5-V were unveiled today, expanding choices for the brand’s V-Series performance sub-brand.

    Following the 2019 CT6-V, they grow the V-Series family with even more levels of performance, while preserving the lineage established by the original V-Series lineup introduced in 2004.   

    “The new V-Series sedan lineup defines modern sophistication by combining luxury appointments with thoughtful technology and athletic refinement for the discerning enthusiast,” said Brandon Vivian, Cadillac executive chief engineer. “We are inviting even more customers into the V-Series family by adding a new level of elevated performance between our Sport models and the ultimate, high-performance track capability that the V-Series has grown to represent.”

    The first-ever CT4 and recently introduced CT5 represent Cadillac’s realigned sedan portfolio, characterized by new proportions, innovative technologies and more appearance and performance choices. Each is built on Cadillac’s award-winning rear-wheel-drive Alpha architecture, with the V-Series models developed to deliver the ultimate blend of performance, presence and road-going refinement.

    Both share the latest standard V-Series performance technologies, including Magnetic Ride Control 4.0, which is tuned specifically for V models to enhance comfort without sacrificing performance-oriented responsiveness, and drive modes that include new V-Mode personalization. Each model is available in RWD or AWD and features a 10-speed automatic transmission, Brembo front brakes with eBoost electronic assist and a limited-slip rear differential on CT4-V and electronic limited-slip differential on CT5-V.

    Cadillac’s exclusive Super Cruise1, the first true hands-free driver assistance feature for the freeway, is available on more than 130,000 miles of limited-access freeways in the U.S. and Canada. It will be available on both new V-Series models.

    “The new lineup expands the V-Series ethos, drawing more customers into the Cadillac Performance family, and the newest Vs are focused on elevated athleticism and luxurious refinement for customers wanting a dynamic daily drive,” said Mark Reuss, GM president. “And this is only the beginning of the V family. Cadillac’s passion for performance shines on a racetrack. Stay tuned.”

    Vehicle highlights
    CT5-V — The first-ever CT5-V builds on the precision-focused details of the all-new luxury sedan introduced earlier this year to offer elevated road performance and an engaging driving experience.  

    • Powered by Cadillac’s high-output 3.0L Twin Turbo V-6 engine, which uses low-inertia turbochargers to enhance power production across the rpm band. It is rated at a Cadillac-estimated 355 horsepower (265 kW), pending SAE certification.
    • 10-speed automatic transmission.
    • Electronic limited-slip rear differential.
    • Standard RWD and available AWD.
    • V-Series performance chassis with Magnetic Ride Control 4.0.
    • Performance Traction Management.
    • Vehicle Control Mode with customizable V-Mode.
    • Brembo front braking system.
    • 19-inch wheels and summer-only performance tires2 (all-season tires available with AWD).
    • Dark exterior accents and V-Series mesh grilles; unique rear diffuser and quad exhaust tips.
    • Super Cruise available.
    • Unique performance persona instrument cluster and V-Mode steering wheel control.

    CT4-V — Developed for a new generation of sedan customers, the first-ever CT4 blends nimble handling and Cadillac’s signature technology. The CT4-V takes these traits further, infusing the brand’s racing DNA for a dynamic, responsive and exhilarating driving experience.   

    • Powered by Cadillac’s high-output 2.7L Turbo engine featuring a unique three-step sliding camshaft that helps optimize performance at all speeds. It is rated at a Cadillac-estimated 320 horsepower (239 kW), pending SAE certification.
    • 10-speed automatic.
    • Limited-slip rear differential.
    • V-Series performance chassis with Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 (on RWD) or ZF MVS passive dampers (on AWD).
    • Vehicle Control Mode with customizable V-Mode.
    • Brembo front braking system.
    • 18-inch wheels and summer-only performance tires2 (all-season tires available with AWD).
    • Near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution for an exceptional feeling of balance and control.
    • Dark exterior accents and V-Series mesh grilles; quad exhaust tips, unique rear spoiler design that helps reduce rear lift while increasing grip for the rear tires.
    • Super Cruise available.
    • Unique performance persona instrument cluster and V-Mode steering wheel control.

    MORE TO COME
    The CT4-V and CT5-V go on sale early in the 2020 calendar year, with production at GM’s Lansing Grand River facility in Michigan. Additional product information, as well as details on additional V-Series variants and CT4 Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport models, will be announced at a later date.

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  • 05/15/2019 10:06 PM | Anonymous

    Partial Reprint - Source: CarBuzz Jared Rosenholtz

    Don't worry, Cadillac's performance division is far from dead.  Check out these two renderings!



    The Cadillac CT5 is a massive improvement over the ATS (and CTS) it replaces, but as we tend to do, we're already looking forward to a high-performance V model. Cadillac has hinted at a CT5-V in the past but the company never made an official confirmation of its existence - until now. In an email to CarBuzz, a Cadillac spokesperson confirmed the company is ready to reveal not one, but two all-new V models. "I can confirm that we will be revealing the CT4-V and CT5-V on the evening of May 30th. We will not be revealing the CT4 at that time though," said Stefan Cross, GM's Assistant Product and Brand Communications Manager.

    The CT4 will slot below the CT5 in Cadillac's three-model sedan lineup, competing with cars like the Acura ILX, Audi A3, and Mercedes A-Class. We are surprised Cadillac isn't revealing the base CT4 first, but rather the high-performance CT4-V model. The big reveal event is set to take place just two weeks from now so we won't have a long wait before getting to see the next generation of Cadillac V models.

    We still know very little about the CT4-V and CT5-V other than the latter is rumored to use a de-tuned version of the 4.2-liter twin-turbo Blackhawk V8 found in the larger CT6-V. In the CT6-V, this engine produces 550 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque and finds itself mated to a 10-speed automatic.

    The V8 would likely be more powerful than the outgoing ATS-V, which produced 464 hp from a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6, but we don't expect the CT5-V to match the 640 hp figure found in the larger CTS-V with its 6.2-liter supercharged V8. We also don't expect a car as small as the CT4 to accommodate a V8, so it's anyone's guess as to what will power the CT4-V. Just like everyone else, we'll have to wait until May 30th to find out.

  • 01/09/2019 2:56 PM | Anonymous

    Introducing the first-ever CT6-V. From its striking design to its groundbreaking powertrain, the CT6-V is as powerful as it is exhilarating. Only a limited number of vehicles will be for delivery mid-2019.

    Cadillac has developed a high-performance CT6-V powered by the brand-exclusive 4.2-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 known as the Blackwing, which will be offered for 2019 only.

    Owners can expect at least 550 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque on tap when the full-size sport sedan starts deliveries this summer, though they'll have to pay up $88,790 for the privilege. The purchase price also includes a 2-day driving course at a Cadillac-hosted event at the Spring Mountain Motor Resort in Pahrump, Nevada.

    Sadly, the circle of owners will be a small one. Cadillac has decided to limit production to just 275 units—and yes they're all sold out!

    Click here for more info and photos!


  • 10/24/2018 9:30 AM | Anonymous


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    Cadillac today announces the 2019 Pedestal Edition ATS-V Coupe and CTS-V Super Sedan to celebrate the successful first fifteen years (2004-18) of its Cadillac V-Series sub brand. The limited-run models bid a grand farewell to the third generation of ultra-high-performance V-Series models, and open the next major chapter in the sub-brand’s story. In total, 300 Pedestal Editions will be built for sale in the U.S., Canada, and the Middle East.

    The special-edition variants are named in tribute to Cadillac V-Series’ time spent at the pinnacle of luxury high-performance.

    The Pedestal Edition of the Cadillac ATS-V Coupe and CTS-V Super Sedan features a commemorative application of an all-new exterior color Bronze Sand Metallic, accented with Black Chrome trim and grille surround, V-Series forged light-alloy wheels in After Midnight finish over massive red Brembo® brake calipers, creating a striking exterior presence. The Carbon Fiber Package, standard on every 2019 ATS-V Coupe, is also featured in the Pedestal Edition list of content for the CTS-V super sedan.

    Highlighting the interior of the Pedestal Edition are RECARO® race-inspired sport seats in Jet Black semi-aniline leather with new Light Wheat micro-suede inserts, carbon fiber interior trim with bronze threading, the racing-derived and fully-integrated Performance Data Recorder video-data system with COSWORTH Toolbox driver analysis software, the Rear Camera Mirror (CTS-V only) and the next-generation Cadillac user experience infotainment system.
    Since 2004, the V-Series sub brand has developed and proven Cadillac’s performance credentials on both the street and race track. Key moments include:

    • 2004: The first-ever CTS-V sedan adds a new formula for high-performance to the Cadillac catalog, putting the world on notice that the then-102-year-old luxury brand will serve enthusiastic drivers through authentic engineering and design.
    • 2004: The first-ever CTS-V secures the V-Series’ first racing victory in the Speed World Challenge sprint racing series at Sebring International Raceway
    • 2008: The all-new, second-generation CTS-V with 556hp sets a then-record lap time for sedans of 7:59.32 on the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife race track in Germany
    • 2012: After making its debut in 2011 as the CTS-V.R Coupe race car, Cadillac wins four races in the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) series and secures the Driver and Manufacturer Championships
    • 2015: The third-generation Cadillac V-Series models debut with a surprise: the ATS-V arrives as a Coupe and Sedan with the first-ever V-Series V6 powerplant: the LF4 Twin Turbo V6 engine with 464 horsepower, providing better all-round performance than the second-generation CTS-V and a top track speed of 189mph. Meanwhile, the third-generation CTS-V raises the bar in its own category with all-new design, lightweight architecture, and a staggering 640 horsepower.
    • 2015: The ATS-V.R Coupe race car debuts in the PWC series with Johnny O’Connell winning four rounds to secure the Driver’s Championship
    • 2017: Cadillac re-enters the world of professional endurance prototype sports car racing with the Cadillac DPi-V.R in the IMSA series, securing the brand’s first-ever Manufacturer Championship in the sport
    • 2018: Cadillac repeats as the 2018 IMSA Prototype Manufacturer Champion. Expansion of the V-Series sub brand with the debut of the 2019 CT6-V.

    Looking to the next chapter of growth and development for the V-Series, 2019 will see Cadillac release the first-ever Cadillac CT6-V super sedan. The CT6-V is the largest V-Series model to-date and boasts famous Cadillac ride quality, yet embodies the driving characteristics of a compact high-performance sedan thanks to a finely-focused V-Series engineering approach, not to mention its performance tuned Magnetic Ride Control system. The CT6-V possesses a Cadillac estimated 550 horsepower thanks to its all-new Cadillac Blackwing™ Twin Turbo V8 engine, and spectacular traction as the first-ever V-Series model with all-wheel drive. Complimenting the all-wheel drive system are all-wheel steering and a limited slip differential, all of which enable the CT6-V to demonstrate impeccable handling, linear response, and razor-sharp steering control.

    Ordering for the 2019 Cadillac V-Series Pedestal Edition begins the first week of November 2018, with production commencing later that month. MSRP pricing for the 2019 ATS-V Coupe Pedestal Edition starts at $77,090, and $102,590 for the 2019 CTS-V Pedestal Edition. Both prices include destination freight charges but excludes tax, title, license and dealer fees.

    2019 CADIILLAC CTS-V Pedestal Edition
    The 2019 Cadillac CTS-V Pedestal Edition super sedan includes the following equipment, in addition to standard CTS-V features:

    • Cadillac Bronze Sand Metallic exterior paint
    • 19-inch V-Series in After Midnight finish
    • Carbon Fiber Package:
      • Carbon fiber front splitter
      • Carbon fiber hood vent
      • Carbon fiber rear spoiler
      • Carbon fiber rear diffuser
    • Luxury Package:
      • Tri-zone climate control
      • Split-folding rear seat with armrest
      • Heated rear outboard seating positions
      • Power rear-window sunshade
      • Manual rear side-window sunshades
      • 110-volt power outlet
      • Rear Camera Mirror
    • RECARO® race-inspired performance seats
    • Performance Data and Video Recorder system
    • Red Brembo® high-performance brake calipers

    The 2019 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Pedestal Edition include the following features:

    • Cadillac Bronze Sand Metallic exterior paint
    • Serialized certificate of authenticity
    • 18” V-Series wheels in After Midnight finish
    • Carbon Fiber Package (standard on ATS-V Coupe):
      • Carbon fiber front splitter
      • Carbon fiber hood vent
      • Carbon fiber rear spoiler
      • Carbon fiber rear diffuser
    • Red Brembo® high-performance brake calipers
    • RECARO® race-inspired performance seats
    • Next-generation Cadillac user experience

    All 2019 Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V models include tuition and luxury accommodation at the 2-day Cadillac V-Performance Academy at Spring Mountain (offer valid for 1 year, reserved for the original owner of each new, unused model year 2017 and newer Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V models).

  • 09/15/2018 9:03 AM | Anonymous


    The new high-performance version of the CT6 will now be known as the CT6-V, not the CT6 V-Sport, denoting that it's part of the full-bore V lineup along with the CTS-V and ATS-V. The new high-performance version of the CT6 will now be known as the CT6-V, not the CT6 V-Sport, denoting that it's part of the full-bore V lineup along with the CTS-V and ATS-V. “Beginning with the debut of the CTS-V Sedan in 2004, the V-Series sub-brand sparked new life into Cadillac,” said GM Product Development Chief Mark Reuss, according to The Detroit News. “As a result of the overwhelming response the CT6 V-Sport received when revealed in early 2018, we’ve decided to formally make it a V-Series, signaling the expansion of V-Series.”

    Cadillac is ramping up the performance of its lineup-topping CT6 luxury sedan for 2019. The CT6 will be available as a V model for the first time, joining the CTS-V and ATS-V among Cadillac’s highest-performance offerings. However, the CT6-V is significant not only because it’s a new model but also because it debuts an all-new twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. The CT6-V does expand Cadillac’s V lineup as the company stated. It will join the ATS-V and CTS-V in the high-performance segment through the 2019 model year, so if you still want to savor the fruits of either offering, there's time to make it happen. As for the new sedans replacing both them, we will have to wait and see what Cadillac has in store. The company has an ambitious plan to roll out a new vehicle every six months between now and 2021.

    The twin-turbo 4.2-liter V-8 is exclusive to Cadillac. Built from a blank slate with knowledge gained from General Motors’ racing programs, the new engine, known as Blackwing, makes 550 horsepower at 5700 rpm and 627 lb-ft of torque from 3200 to 4000 rpm. A “hot V” setup, which puts the turbochargers atop the block between the heads, aims to minimize turbo lag while making the engine more compact. We dive into the details of the new powerplant at length here. The forced-induction V-8 is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. (The new engine also will be available on non–V models, where it will have 500 horsepower and 553 lb-ft.)

    The CT6-V has specific tuning that stiffens the suspension to abate body roll, and the standard Magnetic Ride Control dampers have been recalibrated. A mechanical limited-slip differential is fitted, and the steering has been retuned. The CT6-V rides on 20-inch wheels hugged by performance summer tires, and four-piston monoblock Brembo brake calipers should give drivers confidence in the left pedal. Cadillac also added a sport exhaust system with active valves for a livelier soundtrack. A Track driving mode alters the all-wheel-drive system's torque split, the stability-control mapping, the specially tuned rear-wheel steering, and the suspension firmness.

    To visually distinguish the CT6-V from the rest of the CT6 lineup, there's a dark, "V-inspired" mesh grille and LED headlights. Lower-body aero pieces provide a sportier look, the windows are outlined with gloss-black trim, and a rear spoiler finishes the package. The V sits at the top of a refreshed CT6 lineup, which will be divided into Luxury and Sport trims, a strategy similar to that of the Mercedes-Benz E-class. The entire refreshed 2019 CT6 lineup shows influences from the Escala concept, with horizontal styling elements incorporated into the reworked front and rear ends.

    Cadillac's Super Cruise suite of driver-assistance systems is not offered on the CT6-V, but there is plenty of other news on the technology front. A revised rear-camera mirror can tilt and zoom, the 360-degree-view monitor includes a video-recording function that activates when the security system is activated, pedestrian detection and automated braking now work when backing up as well as when going forward, and the wireless device charging capability has been enhanced. Most welcome, however, may be the changes to Cadillac's much derided CUE infotainment interface, which gains a rotary controller and a volume knob as well as shortcut buttons to primary menu functions.

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