Cadillac is already planning on making a CT5-V after just unveiling the big sedan at the New York Auto Show.
This is good news for Cadillac fans. After the ATS-V and CTS-V went the way of the dodo, it was looking like Cadillac might abandon the luxury performance market altogether. Now we hear that Cadillac is looking to stay in it with the brand new CT5 sedan by giving it a high-performance sibling.
The CT5 unveiled at the New York Auto Show earlier this week with an already impressive set of features, such as Super Cruise, a 10-inch infotainment touchscreen, and near-field communications to connect to your smartphone. But it was a little lacking on the power side of things.
At base, the CT5 comes with a 2.0-L twin-scroll turbo that we can’t imagine makes much more than 275 hp (Cadillac didn’t provide precise figures for the little engine). The higher trims get a 3.0-L twin-turbo V6 with 335 hp and 400 lb-ft--sufficient for most drivers, but hardly in the realm of performance models from BMW or Mercedes.
But at the CT5’s media presentation, Cadillac product marketing director Jason Sledziewski told the assembled crowd that a CT5-V is coming. He didn’t provide any details beyond that though, so now it’s time for wild speculation.
Car and Driver notes that Cadillac already has the perfect engine for the job: the 4.2-L twin-turbo V8 found in the CT6-V. This would provide 550 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque, which puts it in the same ballpark as other mid-size luxury sedans from Germany. The BMW M5 has a 4.4-L twin-turbo V8 with 591 hp and 553 lb-ft torque, while the Mercedes-AMG E63 has a 4.0-L twin-turbo with 563 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque.
Hopefully, any CT5-V would also come with suspension and brake upgrades to put it in the same league as its European counterparts, but we’ll have to wait some time before we can know for sure. Sledziewski provided no timeline on when the CT5-V would be introduced.