2020 Cadillac CT5-V Revealed: Not As Fearsome As You Think

CT5-V Ushers In A New Tone That’s More Mainstream

The third-generation Cadillac CTS-V was much like a progressive metal band. 640 horsepower, after all, is not for everyone. And neither are layers of polyrhythm guitar and drum solos backing a singer belting their vocal cords with lyrics about interstellar warlords. Even though the genre is not for everyone, the people that love it, absolutely love it. Such is the story of the CTS-V, now subject to the archives of history. Replacing it is the 2020 Cadillac CT5-V.

If you were expecting a face-melter, sorry. It’s not here. What we got instead, is a pop album.

Nevertheless, pop albums sell. And Cadillac, and Michigan’s Lansing Grand River Plant, needs its new sedans to sell. So much how Opeth continues to release new work, it’s not the complex, melodic, dark EPs of the 2000’s. Again, like V-Series. Pushing itself into the foray with a strong reputation for being one of the biggest and baddest out there, but instead delivering something that will get time on the radio waves.

Without further ado, he’s what we get with the 2020 Cadillac CT5-V:

  • 355 horsepower from a 3.0L twin-turbo V6, and 400 lb-ft of torque.
  • GM’s ubiquitous 10-speed automatic transmission
  • An electronic limited slip differential for RWD models
  • Available all-wheel-drive
  • The latest in GM Magnetic Ride Control, dubbed 4.0.
  • Performance Traction Management, like the previous ATS-V and CTS-V
  • Vehicle Control Mode, with a customizable mode, called V-Mode, activated by a steering wheel control
  • Brembo front brakes with eBoost electronic assist
  • Michelin Pilot Sport 4S run-flat tires measuring 245/40R19
  • Available Super Cruise
  • Unique instrument cluster.

Pricing has yet to be announced, but expect that to come around its reveal date come early 2020.


Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

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