(R&T May 31) - Ever since Cadillac discontinued its high-performance V cars last winter, we've been waiting for the new crop of models to arrive. Well, this is the new CT4-V, revealed along with its larger, more powerful sibling, the CT5-V. The CT4-V is powered by a four-cylinder engine, a first for a V-badged car. But it also signals a change for what Cadillac's strategy around the V badge.
Under the hood of the CT4-V sits a version of Cadillac's 2.7-liter turbocharged inline-four making 320 horsepower. It uses a three-step sliding camshaft meant to optimize power delivery at all speeds. It's backed by a 10-speed automatic transmission sending power to the rear wheels, with all-wheel drive as an option. A limited-slip differential is standard, as are Brembo brakes, 18-inch wheels, and a customizable "V-mode" driver mode system.
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Cadillac V Re-branded
(Car & Driver June 2) - You may have been disappointed by the middling specs of the new Cadillac CT5-V and CT4-V, but Cadillac promised that higher-performance versions of these two sedans were coming—and now it has the receipts. A pair of prototypes hit the track at the Detroit Grand Prix this weekend to give a first look at the true replacements for the outgoing CTS-V and ATS-V. While Cadillac still won't say what these next-level CT5-V and CT4-V will be named, they certainly look like serious performance machines.
In contrast to the mild tweaks applied to the CT5-V and CT4-V models shown last week, these new variants boast significantly more aggressive body kits, additional vents and scoops that seem to be for cooling purposes, and bigger wheels, tires, and brakes. We hear from onlookers at the Grand Prix that the CT5-V's engine note suggested V-8 power—likely Cadillac's 4.2-liter Blackwing V-8, which makes more than 500 horsepower. The CT4-V sounded like some sort of V-6—we're thinking it will be a carryover twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 from the ATS-V.
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