Cadillac Claims Hardcore V-Series Vehicles Are Incoming

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
cadillac claims hardcore v series vehicles are incoming

Cadillac seems to have realized that it screwed up with the new V-Series models it debuted late last week. When the CT4-V and CT5-V were revealed on Thursday, both came with specs that made us wonder why General Motors thought these should be the cars replacing the V-Series variants of the CTS and ATS sedan. Fans of the brand noticed and most automotive outlets were forced to write head-scratching articles about why the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 will be a suitable replacement for the CTS-V’s big, Corvette-sourced 6.2-liter motor — which makes oodles more power and torque.

Part of this cannot be helped. Environmentalism and an increasingly global marketplace are encouraging automakers to scale down displacement sizes and pair internal-combustion engines with more hybrid tech and forced induction. But it hasn’t changed Cadillac’s problem of delivering a pair of vehicles that appear much weaker on paper than the automobiles they’re essentially replacing. As a result, the company is attempting to reassure customers that these won’t be the only V-Series models on offer.

Unfortunately, the manufacturer provided no details on what these next automobiles might be like. Since GM is basically trying to calm an angry mob, getting the press release out in an expedient manner was likely more important than outlining technical specifications that have yet to be finalized.

In fact, all Cadillac said was that it brought a few V-Series prototypes to the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix over the weekend to hype up attendees. Driven by corporate executives Mark Reuss (GM President) and Ken Morris (GM VP of Global Product Programs), the cars were said to serve as a representation of “the next step in Cadillac’s V-Series performance legacy.”

Barring some unique wheels, aerodynamics and paint, neither car looked terribly different from the performance sedans we’ve already seen. We didn’t even notice an appreciable difference in ride height. However, the mere fact that Cadillac even bothered to parade them around means there will likely be hotter V-Series models in the future. The brand has previously mentioned that the introductory CT4-V, and its mid-sized counterpart, could be entry-level performance vehicles with something more hardcore to follow.

From a business standpoint, this makes some sense. Cadillac can now move V-Series models downmarket, possibly bringing in more buyers, while saving the high-output models for individuals with better finances. Without more coming from GM, all we can do is speculate about the later cars. But it’s a reasonably safe bet to assume Cadillac will furnish these models with additional suspension upgrades, breathed-on engines, and some amount of lightening to help bolster overall performance.

With the CT4-V making 320 horsepower and the CT5-V delivering an estimated 355 hp to the old ATS-V and CTS-V’s 464 hp and 640 hp, respectively, increasing output will be essential. Because, right now, it looks like Cadillac is rolling over and offering substantially weaker performance variants. But we’ve already heard rumors that the CT5 could eventually see the CT6-V’s Blackwing engine — which is a 4.2-liter, twin-turbo V8 good for an estimated 550 hp with 627 pound-feet of torque. While that claim has yet to be confirmed by anyone of substance, it does provide a likely pathway for Cadillac’s V-Series power problem, which it is assuredly trying to remedy as swiftly as possible. But we’ll have to postpone any further speculation while General Motors figures out what will be going into these vehicles and how it plans to differentiate them from the existing V cars without turning its naming strategy into a longwinded, alphanumeric mess.

[Images: General Motors]

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  • Dwford Dwford on Jun 03, 2019

    This explanation only makes things worse. If these V cars are really just the "base model" V cars, WHY have a special event to showcase them?? This screams marketing mismanagement, and a total lack of awareness about how Cadillac's customers and auto enthusiasts would react to this announcement. Did Jim Hackett start running Cadillac as a side job? This is the same type of "trust us, good things are coming" nonsense he has been peddling at Ford for the last couple years.

  • KingShango KingShango on Jun 03, 2019

    It pains me to continually watch GM destroy Cadillac. Who thought this was a good idea? Announcing some lukewarm “V” models before they’ve even introduced the CT4 (don’t get me started on the whole naming conventions) is just dumb. Then have to backpedal because you’ve destroyed the credibility the V name has built up. All they had to do is call them V-sport and everything would’ve been fine.

  • JMII So this pretty much confirms the long standing rumor that the C8 platform was designed for hybrid AWD support. If this is even faster then the current Z06 it will be a true rocket ship. GM was already hinting that even more impressive C8 was coming, most assume a turbo ZR1 but an e-assist AWD package seems more like... and apparently it will be called E-Ray.
  • Tassos the announcement is unnecessarily verbose, aka full of it. Most 'justifications" for the shutdown are shameless lies.
  • Jwee I can post images...?????
  • Jwee @Bobby D'OppoThere is no element of the reported plan that involves taking people's carsSeems like you missed the Southpark reference: comment was humor (or humour if you prefer). The city council is not literally taking people's cars, but seems like they wouldn't mind a drop in car ownership. More cyclists! Less pollution! More public transport! A £70 fine per violation! Surely if they came out and said "we are going to take your car", they would get a very stern letter written to them in the strongest language possible, or perhaps even called a bunch of rotters. I am all for good transport networks, but this is just a terrible plan. Visit Amsterdam, and study how to manage traffic skillfully in a dense, medieval city, with no traffic cameras whatsoever, with first rate public transport, where pedestrians, bikes, boats and cars coexist.
  • Tassos with 170k+ miles, and over 15 years old, this vehicle has had a full life. Maybe it's time for the scrapyard.