The new strategy includes different engine options on the two vehicles — one directed for the everyday driver who wants some performance and a more traditional, track-capable model.
“There was frankly some people who were intimidated by the cars,” GM President Mark Reuss said following the unveiling. “When we did a V series, they were hammers … there’s some intimidation there.”
The compact CT5-V will be powered by a 3.0-liter twin turbo V-6 engine rated at an estimated 355 hp and 400 lb.-ft. of torque.
Both cars feature a 10-speed automatic transmission, magnetic ride control and a host of performance parts and equipment. Also, both will offer Super Cruise, Cadillac’s highway driver assist program.
The V-series variants will slightly follow the standard models, according to Cadillac President Steve Carlisle. The standard CT5 is expected to go on sale in the fall, followed by the CT4 early next year.