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    2020 Cadillac CT5 550T Review – The New Fastback Is a Big Step Forward

    (First review I have seen of the CT5 with the platinum package)

    2020 Cadillac CT5 550T Review
    The New Fastback Is a Big Step Forward
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    By: Nigel Atkinson
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    ...My wish came true and my Black Raven painted tester arrived sporting a Sedona Sauvage (light brown) interior and the optional V6 engine.

    I would suggest you skip the CT5’s 237-hp 2.0-liter inline-four and go for the highly superior 335-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6, with 405 ft-lbs @ 2,400 rpm, essentially a tuned-down version of the engine in the CT5-V, which I haven’t driven yet. We estimate it will reach sixty from a standstill in 5.0 seconds.

    It’s a handsome looker too, I like the fastback design, I just wish it had a rear hatch instead of a standard trunk lid, that would provide much easier access to the rear cargo area. Other than the strange c-pillar design the CT5 looks the part.

    The CT5 is aimed at buyers of the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and although it’s a bit shorter, yet roomier, than the CTS sedan it replaced, it is larger than these competitors.

    The 3.0-liter 6 cylinder is a gem, it rips through its 10 speeds like a machine gun and the torque is always available no matter where or when you need it. It’s positively grin-inducing. It sounds great in Sport mode too, snarling and popping as it goes and doesn’t ever sound strained even at full chat.

    Drive in a more modest manner and the Sports Performance Shift system turns off (a small green cog in the dash tells you when it’s on) and it becomes quite content to warble along in a very serene manner. There’s no turbo lag either, I’m not sure how GM does it, but Audi could learn a thing or two here, this engine pulls like a train. Can you imagine this car with the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 under the hood?

    It rides on a rear-wheel-drive platform, but you can get all-wheel drive for an extra $3090, I wouldn’t bother, I don’t think it needs since the traction control keeps you out of trouble. The ride is relaxed and you do feel this car has been set up with luxury in mind so it can float a little over undulations but on the plus side, the suspension absorbs most of the rough pavement thrown at it. If you want to feel more planted, then opt for the CT5 V with its sportier adaptive suspension.

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    Re: 2020 Cadillac CT5 550T Review – The New Fastback Is a Big Step Forward

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    The 2020 Cadillac CT5-V is Caddy’s Answer to the S4, M340i, and C43

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    Re: 2020 Cadillac CT5 550T Review – The New Fastback Is a Big Step Forward

    Chevy needs a version of the CT5 with a LT1 as an SS successor
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    Re: 2020 Cadillac CT5 550T Review – The New Fastback Is a Big Step Forward

    I think any CT5 with the 3.0 TT will make you happy - the reviews have been pretty much positive to glowing across the board.

    I feel like trading my XT5 for one but I have to wait as my wife is out of work still due to Covid.

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    Re: 2020 Cadillac CT5 550T Review – The New Fastback Is a Big Step Forward

    Quote Originally Posted by kool1 View Post
    I think any CT5 with the 3.0 TT will make you happy - the reviews have been pretty much positive to glowing across the board.

    I feel like trading my XT5 for one but I have to wait as my wife is out of work still due to Covid.
    I think the 2.3's will make people happy too, just not the sport oriented reviewers. The majority want a comfortable and somewhat capable vehicle and will find the 2.3 to be ample and the softer suspension perfect.

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    The 2020 Cadillac CT5-V is Caddy’s Answer to the S4, M340i, and C43

    This was better than I expected from him. Let me say this: the whisper beige interior and that green exterior is just AWESOME together.


    I care more about aesthetics than athletics, so I mostly lean toward the Premium Luxury, but the V with the whisper beige interior that green exterior is the only V that I would choose over the Premium Luxury.
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    Re: 2020 Cadillac CT5 550T Review – The New Fastback Is a Big Step Forward

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    I think the 2.3's will make people happy too, just not the sport oriented reviewers. The majority want a comfortable and somewhat capable vehicle and will find the 2.3 to be ample and the softer suspension perfect.
    Yeah in the age of hyper 0-60 performance a 6.6 0-60 time sounds weak, but it’s actually very fast. It almost a full second faster than the original base model of the ATS. It’s not that far behind the 3 gen base CTS which was $10,000 higher in price than the base CT5.

    Let’s be clear here: he thought the interior was an improvement over the 3rd Gen CTS, which got strong reviews when it first came out. He complimented the materials and design, but he was looking for a more athletic design for the interior.
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    Re: 2020 Cadillac CT5 550T Review – The New Fastback Is a Big Step Forward

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert1969 View Post
    This was better than I expected from him. Let me say this: the whisper beige interior and that green exterior is just AWESOME together.
    I love that combination. I had a Forrest Green Catera with the beige interior. I'd like to have a CT-4 with that combo.
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    Re: 2020 Cadillac CT5 550T Review – The New Fastback Is a Big Step Forward

    Quote Originally Posted by sdotjeezy View Post
    Chevy needs a version of the CT5 with a LT1 as an SS successor
    GM doesn't need any more great vehicles vehicles that nobody buys. The market has changed and only us car loving dinosaurs are bothered by it.

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    Re: 2020 Cadillac CT5 550T Review – The New Fastback Is a Big Step Forward

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert1969 View Post
    Yeah in the age of hyper 0-60 performance a 6.6 0-60 time sounds weak, but it’s actually very fast. It almost a full second faster than the original base model of the ATS. It’s not that far behind the 3 gen base CTS which was $10,000 higher in price than the base CT5.

    Let’s be clear here: he thought the interior was an improvement over the 3rd Gen CTS, which got strong reviews when it first came out. He complimented the materials and design, but he was looking for a more athletic design for the interior.
    I always think back to the 80's, where anything under 8 seconds 0-60 was fast. Calling 6.6 0-60 slow is ridiculous, that is perfectly fine for a base model and most people will be more than happy with it.

    I do agree that the interior is a safe design, they certainly could've done something more artsy, but I won't ding the interior either - it's a nice place to be.

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    Re: 2020 Cadillac CT5 550T Review – The New Fastback Is a Big Step Forward

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    I always think back to the 80's, where anything under 8 seconds 0-60 was fast. Calling 6.6 0-60 slow is ridiculous, that is perfectly fine for a base model and most people will be more than happy with it.
    Correct.

    It's funny what is considered slow these days.

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    Re: 2020 Cadillac CT5 550T Review – The New Fastback Is a Big Step Forward

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    I always think back to the 80's, where anything under 8 seconds 0-60 was fast. Calling 6.6 0-60 slow is ridiculous, that is perfectly fine for a base model and most people will be more than happy with it.

    I do agree that the interior is a safe design, they certainly could've done something more artsy, but I won't ding the interior either - it's a nice place to be.
    Until the late 80s just about anything under 11 seconds was fast, and below 8 was considered blazing fast. The Seville with the Northstar engine did 0-60 in 6.7 in the early 90s, and that was considered extremely fast. The Corvette was just slipping under 6 seconds at the same time.

    I get as a car reviewer who gets the pleasure of driving dozens of cars with sub 5.5 60s to go to a car that hits 60 in 6.6 seconds that that would feel slow to you. But to ordinary people, 6.6 is going to feel more than fast enough.
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    Re: 2020 Cadillac CT5 550T Review – The New Fastback Is a Big Step Forward

    Quote Originally Posted by SP1966 View Post
    GM doesn't need any more great vehicles vehicles that nobody buys. The market has changed and only us car loving dinosaurs are bothered by it.
    People suck nowadays, they don't know a good car anymore... I just feel that Chevy can use a Charger competitor which would/could be of a slightly higher quality. GM is forfeiting the enthusiast sales to FCA without so much the smallest fight.


    My only rub with the CT5 is that there is this inherent Chevy-ness about the interior, I can't put my finger on it exactly, but this would be fine for a 35k Chevy but a 60k Cadillac???
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    Re: 2020 Cadillac CT5 550T Review – The New Fastback Is a Big Step Forward

    Quote Originally Posted by sdotjeezy View Post
    People suck nowadays, they don't know a good car anymore... I just feel that Chevy can use a Charger competitor which would/could be of a slightly higher quality. GM is forfeiting the enthusiast sales to FCA without so much the smallest fight.
    I don't think it's possible to dumb down Alpha enough to compete with the prices they give Charger/300/Challengers away for. Nevermind the fact that fewer and fewer ChryCo cars are sold every year. GM would be launching a competitor to a vehicle ChryCo's own buyers don't want anymore. Why would GM be that stupid?

    The Chevy SS was cheaper and had more features than the Charger and we saw how that turned out.

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    Re: 2020 Cadillac CT5 550T Review – The New Fastback Is a Big Step Forward

    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyDiablo View Post
    I don't think it's possible to dumb down Alpha enough to compete with the prices they give Charger/300/Challengers away for. Nevermind the fact that fewer and fewer ChryCo cars are sold every year. GM would be launching a competitor to a vehicle ChryCo's own buyers don't want anymore. Why would GM be that stupid?

    The Chevy SS was cheaper and had more features than the Charger and we saw how that turned out.
    I know you don't like the LXs but there is still strong demand for the Scat Packs on up...even with the incentives these are still $40k+ cars and FCA enjoys a high take rate on V8s. Took a widebody on a test drive a few weeks ago, because I was toying with the idea of dumping the Mazda and Magnum for one and to be honest, it felt damn good. I didn't go for it ultimately because this would've been my 4th Car purchase in 2 years...I need to chill out for a while and 2. they couldn't source a F8 Green one.

    The SS's problem wasn't what it was at it's core RWD performance sedans are still desireable, it was cold...devoid of character, sure it handled great and was fast, but it looked anonymous and it didn't even have a name.

    Purely anecdotal here l, but when I was stationed in NM back when the SS was first out, the local dealer stuck Malibu badges on their single allotment...even dealers struggled with how to market/sell it.

    Just checked 2019 was one of their best years with Charger sales:. https://www.torquenews.com/106/dodge...sales-2019/amp
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