Cadillac's New CT5-V Needs a Different Name
Cadillac calls its new-for-2020 sports sedan the CT5-V, but it's really a replacement for the previous CTS Vsport model.
By Tony Quiroga
FEB 25, 2020
Car & Driver
HIGHS: A relative value, comfortable interior, built by and for folks who value driving dynamics.
LOWS: Badged a V, that thing on the C-pillar, shouty V-6 sounds.
Let's clear up some confusion. The Cadillac CT5-V shown here is not the replacement for the fire-breathing CTS-V. It's best to think of it as a replacement for the old CTS Vsport model, a car that won three 10Best awards from 2014 to 2016. There, that's out of the way.
Now that your expectations have been adjusted, you won't be too upset to find that there's a 360-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 and a 10-speed automatic transmission driving the CT5-V. There's also a 330-hp version of the engine powering the new CT5 Premium Luxury model. Premium Luxury versions will get different interior trim, chrome bits on the exterior, less aggressive tires, and a softer suspension.
The CT5-V's engine replaces the Vsport's twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6. While the CT5 is down 60 horsepower to the old engine, our test car still managed to scramble to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, just 0.4 second behind the Vsport. We're willing to forgive a couple of tenths of a second to 60 mph because the CT5-V's $48,690 base price is an entire Chevy Spark less than the 2019 CTS Vsport's $62,690 entry point.
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