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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.
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