The Cadillac V-Series: Elegant and Engaging
One of the more exciting evolutions in American auto engineering that brought many visitors to Cadillac dealerships can be found in the Cadillac V-Series. The V-Series represents American ingenuity at its finest—and most luxurious. When Cadillac decided to jump into the luxury-performance realm and challenge mainstays such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, no one expected them to prove such a formidable adversary. At the time, Cadillac was known for making comfortable luxury sedans, not necessarily the performance-luxury sedans we’ve come to expect from Cadillac now. And for the last fifteen years, they have been known as one of the most spirited car manufacturers in America—and the world.
When the V-Series was introduced in 2004 with the CTS-V, Cadillac chose Germany’s famed Nürburgring racecourse as the venue. This was the perfect place for Cadillac to launch its new direction to the world. The CTS-V showed the world Cadillac was serious about performance and luxury. It was the most powerful car Cadillac had ever produced, boasting 400 hp and a manual transmission. And it set the table for the V-Series’ new heritage, conveying the refined athleticism people would come to expect from Cadillac performance sedans.
Since then, the V-Series family has evolved to include the CTS, XLR, STS, ATS, and CT6, along with the recent launch of the CT4 and CT5. With each model, the design was tailored for sport-minded customers, offering enhanced performance capabilities along with an emphasis on luxury. Each model was designed to provide a unique driving experience that featured Cadillac’s spirited perspective on performance and luxury. So, where do we find the V-Series in its latest iterations?
The V-Series now includes three models: CT4-V, CT5-V, and CT6-V. So let’s take a look at how these three models have evolved into one of the most respected performance luxury sedans on the market. This chapter in the V-Series feels more like the beginning than the culmination—at the very least, an exciting chapter in Cadillac’s ever-evolving performance legacy.
The Cadillac CT4-V replaces the outgoing ATS-V. It’s the smallest of the three in Cadillac’s V-Series and is based on GM’s Alpha platform, which is the same chassis that underpins the Chevy Camaro. So you know it was made to go fast. And because it shares the most recent electrical architecture, it will also feature the company’s hands-free driver-assistance system, Super Cruise, which works on more than 130,000 miles of freeways in Canada and the U.S.
The current V-Series CT4 offered has an exciting powertrain: a turbocharged high-output 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 325 hp and 381 lb-ft of torque. This is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and is offered as both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. It also comes with a limited-slip differential.
Cadillac says that the CT4-V is an enticing blend of nimble handling and modern technology, but that doesn’t begin to describe how much fun it is to drive this luxury performance car. The CT4-V shows Cadillac’s commitment to expanding the V-Series family. And this is just the beginning. Cadillac will be focusing its efforts on bringing more and more of their brand of luxury and athleticism to the V-Series lineup. For the CT4-V, this means an even more powerful engine, possibly. Cadillac has hinted at adding a sportier version to match the power of the outgoing ATS-V Coupe, so expect something with at least 464 hp and 445 lb-ft of torque.
What does a Cadillac have to do to be considered worthy of the V-Series? For one, it has to elevate its performance and offer a more engaging driver experience than its standard counterpart. And for the CT5-V, this means a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 that puts out 360 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. While this doesn’t quite match the 556 horsepower of the CTS-V, it’s still fast, and when you consider that there will most likely be another engine offered as the V-Series continues to evolve, it makes for a great option if you don’t need supercar-like power.
The power source rumored to be in consideration for the next trim level of the CT5-V is none other than Cadillac’s Blackwing twin-turbo 4.2-liter V8 from the CT6-V. This engine puts out 550 hp. So enthusiasts will not be disappointed by the high-performance track capability of this model. Whether you are looking to burn up the racetrack or just merely go really fast, the CT5-V will have an option for everyone.
One question we get a lot about the new CT5-V concerns how it’s different from the smaller CT4-V. The CT4-V is smaller, though the CT5-V is only 6.6 inches longer and 2.6 inches wider. What you’ll notice is that there is more room in the rear seats for your passengers with the midsize CT5-V. So if you are looking for your luxury performance car to double as a daily driver or for carpool duty, you might want to consider the larger CT5-V. Both models start at relatively affordable prices, so choosing which one best suits your lifestyle won’t break the bank.
The CT5-V starts at $47,695, while the CT4-V begins at $44,495. You will not find a high-performance sedan with this kind of luxury at this price point. Seriously, even the lowest trim level is called “Luxury,” and this is not by accident. Other differences between the two include approximately a 360-pound weight difference and 18-inch wheels versus 19-inch wheels. Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 is also standard on the CT5-V. This technology automatically adjusts for conditions.
Where Cadillac hints at the future direction of the V-Series can be seen in the CT6-V’s premium engine. Here you’ll find a 4.2-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with 550 hp and 640 lb-ft of torque. This is Cadillac showing off—or showing us exactly what it’s capable of. Not only is the engine super fast, but the sedan is one of the better examples of what a luxury sedan should be. It rides on its own platform and employs an engine designed by Cadillac. So it is the embodiment of American-made performance-luxury.
Unfortunately, the CT6-V might not be around much longer, as Cadillac is shutting down production at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant in early 2020, but we can’t wait to see what a car like this portends for the future of the V-Series. Because if this is the direction Cadillac is going, we can’t wait to see what they do next. The CT6, for example, has other exciting trim levels and starts at just $58,995—and is on dealer’s lots now. You’ll find powertrain options like a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 404 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque!
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