Game Changer – the 2020 Cadillac CT5-V
In case you hadn’t noticed, Cadillac is on a roll. And not just with a hot new line of SUVs. There is a new sedan lineup, and just like the SUVs, they carry on a new naming scheme. The small ATS is gone, replaced by the CT4. And the larger CT5 steps in for the discontinued CTS. Both cars ride on the second-gen GM Alpha platform and are RWD-based but offer AWD on all trims.
And like before, Cadillac is offering a V-Series of both the CT4 and CT5, injecting some extra performance in these luxury-sport sedans.
Last week I found myself in a CT5-V, to experience what these new cars from GM’s luxury division are all about.
As seen in their new line of SUVs like the XT4 and XT5, the new Cadillac CT5 embodies the new design language that Cadillac has expanded across its new vehicles. The front end is elegant, original, and distinctive – making the CT5 look extremely attractive. But walk towards the back, and the picture changes thanks to the way the trunk and C-pillar come together. The trim gets weird and lines get clunky. It’s not all that bad, just makes you wonder what Cadillac designers had in mind.
Inside the CT5 is a cabin that is slightly larger than the outgoing CTS (the CT5 has a 1.4 inch longer wheelbase). Rear-seat legroom is increased and every seat is easier to get in and out off thanks to larger doors and windows. The CUE infotainment system can still be found on the center console, but now there are also physical buttons for those that appreciate them – including two volume knobs. The interior design is nice, but some may expect more, after all this IS a Cadillac.
Under the hood, the Cadillac CT5 comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Optional is a 3.0-liter twin turbo V6 (335 hp, 400 lb-ft of torque). The CT5-V gets the same turbo V6 – but power is upped to 360 horses with 405 lb-ft of torque. A 10-speed automatic is used in all CT5s.
Some may be disappointed in the power output of the CT5-V, especially if you recall the CTS-V of 10 years ago. Powered by a Corvette engine making 550 plus horsepower and able to hit 60 seconds in less than 4 seconds, those days are sadly gone. But not all is lost – the CT5-V is still plenty quick, being able to reach 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. And it makes great sounds doing it, although some of those sounds are enhanced engine music piped through the audio system’s speakers. There’s even a little pop on high RPM upshifts.
The CT5-V is a really a fun car to drive. The new platform it rides on makes it feel smooth and stable, yet very spirited and athletic. The steering is spot-on precise and delivers one of the best feels I have ever felt in a GM car. The CT5-V is one of the cars that will have you taking the long route to your destination.
For those that feel the need for more power, a CT5-V Blackwing should be arriving soon, and rumors have it that may have horsepower figures similar to the CTS-V of the past.
Until the, the CT5-V will do just fine, thank you. And really, there may be no need to wait for the Blackwing as the CT5-V is an impressive performance sports sedan. If you had your doubts about sporty Cadillacs, the CT5-V will change them.
— Christopher A. Randazzo
By The Numbers:
2020 Cadillac CT5 V-Series
Base Price: $47,695.00
Price as Tested: $56,305.00
Layout: front-engine / rear-wheel drive
Engine: 3.0 liter Twin Turbocharged V6
Transmission: 10 – speed automatic
Horsepower: 360 hp
Torque: 405 ft-lbs
EPA Fuel Economy: 18 city / 26 highway mpg
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