If you read about CTS-V predecessors. But these might not be the only high-performance variants in the pipeline.and found the details a little underwhelming, don't worry, you aren't alone. Making 320 horsepower and 355 horsepower, respectively, the CT4-V and CT5-V are significantly down on power compared to their and
Some rumblings heard during the CT4-V and CT5-V reveal event in Detroit on Thursday suggest more powerful, track-focused models could arrive in the not-too-distant future. What sort of V-related nomenclature they'll use, however, is unknown.
Brandon Vivian, Cadillac's executive chief engineer, says this "gives us the ability to have a range of V-Series models." Expanding the V-Series range means "there will be different personas;" customers will be able to "dial it up from just looks, to looks and performance, and keep going from there," Vivian says.
This jibes with news, when a Cadillac employee said the brand's 4.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine would make its way into the next-generation CTS-V -- in this case, the CT5-V. Cadillac's Blackwing V8 , which we were worried might not be enough to properly replace the bonkers, 640-horsepower CTS-V. But considering the CT5-V only makes a measly 355 horsepower, a 550-horsepower V8 would be a seriously healthy bump -- assuming it uses the CT6-V's tune.
As for the CT4-V, Cadillac has a number of V6 engines in its portfolio that make more power than the sedan's 320-horsepower, 2.7-liter, turbocharged I4. So if a hotter CT4-V is indeed in the works, there are a few different ways Cadillac could go in an effort to have it better match the 464 horsepower offered by the outgoing ATS-V sedan and coupe.
Even with their lower power outputs, we're willing to bet the CT4-V and CT5-V will be pretty alright to drive. Both models get Cadillac's excellent Magnetic Ride Control, as well as the company's. The CT4-V and CT5-V are said to be a bit lighter than their ATS-V and CTS-V predecessors, as well.
Still, it's nice to know these initial CT4-V and CT5-V models are only the beginning. "Cadillac's passion for [the] track isn't going anywhere," Vivian said.