Cadillac CT5-V To Start At Just $48,690, Pack Slightly More Grunt Than Projected

GM’s premium Cadillac brand has announced pricing for the Cadillac CT5-V performance sedan, and anyone concerned with the car’s less-than-exceptional projected power output ought to be relieved. The car will have a base MSRP of just $48,690 in RWD spec, with AWD available as a $2,600 option. Peak engine output is also slightly higher than originally projected, with 360 peak horsepower and up to 405 lb-ft of torque.

Those engine output figures are still well below the latest CTS-V, of course, and even the smaller, less-potent Cadillac ATS-V beneath it. But in case you missed it, Cadillac is working on hotter, higher-powered versions of its new crop of V-Series cars, with more aggressively tuned chassis to suit. Those cars were first shown at the 2019 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix over the summer, clad in camouflage, and they’re rumored to be named “Blackwing” after the twin-turbocharged, DOHC V8 engine that debuted in the CT6 V-Sport.

It’s important to note here that just because the cars may be called “Blackwing”, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll receive the same twin-turbo V8. Indeed, trying to fit that motor under the hood of the Cadillac CT5-V might be an impossible task.

Cadillac’s new crop of V-Series cars appear to be replacements for its less hardcore V-Sport line, rather than its outgoing “proper” ATS-V and CTS-V. Importantly, the Cadillac CT5-V’s $48,690 starting price puts it about $20,000 lower than the outgoing ATS-V, making the cost in dollars-per-horsepower slightly less.

The CT5-V will be powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 engine displacing 3.0 liters, sending torque through a standard ten-speed automatic transmission. That engine will also be available in non-V Cadillac CT5 models, where it will make a still-respectable 335 peak horsepower and up to 400 lb-ft of torque.

Expect the Cadillac CT5-V to go on sale early in 2020.