General Motors Vice President of Global Products Ken Morris unveils the 2020 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V. [credit:
DETROIT, Mich.—On Thursday night, Cadillac took the wraps off a pair of new sporty sedans, revamping its V-Series performance lineup. One of the sedans, the CT5-V, is a souped-up variant of the new midsized four-door that launched at this year’s New York auto show. The second is the CT4-V, a sporty version of the yet-to-be-seen entry-level CT4. But if you were expecting fire-spitting monsters barely suited for the street, you’ll need to reset your expectations; these two new machines are more jalapeño than Habanero.
Cadillac’s V-Series was born in 2004 when the car maker shoehorned the Corvette’s 5.7L V8 engine into its CTS sedan, giving us the CTS-V. Since then, track-focused performance versions of the CTS and ATS sedans (and the CTS-V wagon) have offered an American alternative to cars like