(Autoweek reviews both the AWD and RWD CT4-V’s, and the one you could track is the RWD)
Cadillac’s 2020 CT4 V Offers More Value than Ever in the Premium Sedan Market
What the V means has changed, but driving one still brings a smile.
July 17, 2020
Alas, here we are. Cadillac once again changed its line-up and the names of its models as well as the meaning of the letters that sometimes succeed those names. V no longer means fire-breathing top-end performance, but that you’re on that ladder to the top — more on that later. Happily, while the names and strategy continue to confuse, the product continues to impress...
On your favorite curvy stretch of tarmac, the AWD V turns precisely with a quick steering ratio and reasonably good feel. Though I’d prefer less assist for a weightier wheel, even in Sport and Track modes. Brakes, too, felt fine. Initial bite feels right for the car and stopping power progresses linearly.
The car definitely understeers at the limit, but the car turns in plenty willingly and its attitude adjusts well to trail-braking and throttle. This being an AWD model, grip during acceleration was never an issue. While Schinderle wants you to take your V to the track, I’m suspicious of the V being that enjoyable. It’s just a touch underwhelming.
That is until you try the RWD V. The MR dampers makes a massive difference in the feel of the car. To start, despite the stiffer springs compared to the AWD V, Touring mode is noticeably more compliant over bumps and generally goes down the road more smoothly. The ride is premium car level here, indeed among the leaders at this price point.
Then switch over to Sport mode and this sport sedan comes alive. First of all, you have MR stiffen up noticeably, which both reduces body motions and, with the aforementioned axle independent roll control, effectively nudges the RWD V towards neutral handling. And, as you lay on power at corner exit, power oversteer can adjust the attitude of the car. Schunderle added, “I strived for Sport mode to feel tied down, but still comfortable enough that this is the default mode for most enthusiast drivers.”
Furthermore, Track mode makes sense in the RWD V. Schinderle, is a racer himself, spraying dirt sideways in a 410 cubic inch sprint car. He spent a lot of time on MR tuning, especially track mode, including a multi-day trip to Virginia International Raceway. “In Track mode, I want the car tied down, so when you’re pushing it, you can feel what the car is doing in real time,” Schinderle said. “That’s the same type of driving I do in the racing world. I want push the car as hard as I can and not think about the driving part of it, it’s all second nature.”
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