Marc UrbanoCar and Driver
Lap Time: 3:04.1
Class: LL2 | Base: $48,690 | As Tested: $63,045
Power and Weight: 360 hp • 4061 lb • 11.3 lb/hp
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S ZP, 245/40ZR-19 94Y TPC
The high-speed left-right-left-right sequence before Roller Coaster will keep a car on the edge of adhesion. While we’re sawing at the wheel like a giddy toddler in a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe, we’re noting a car’s tendency toward understeer or oversteer, how sensitive it is to load transfer, and how easy it is to exploit all the grip. Going through this section in the CT5-V, we feel a deep sense of connection and joy that’s absent in a lot of other sports sedans.
Your moves become the CT5-V’s moves. It follows your lead and dances up a storm, making you look and feel like a hero. And as Chevy does in the Corvette and hot Camaros, Cadillac fits the CT5-V with Performance Traction Management (PTM), which lets you adjust the breadth of the stability-control safety net. Its Race mode serves up intervention thresholds that allow for max acceleration on corner exit.
For $3200 more than the CT4-V, the CT5-V strikes us as a bargain. In addition to having more interior space than the 4, you get a 360-hp 3.0-liter V-6, larger front brakes, an electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential (versus the CT4’s mechanical unit), the aforementioned PTM software, and a set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S ZP summer tires. Those Michelins impart confidence as you drop the CT5-V into Hog Pen at 83.9 mph. The car carries more speed through that corner than the CT4-V and maintains it onto the straight, where the bigger Caddy outruns its sibling by 5.0 mph despite having a similar power-to-weight ratio. Overall, the CT5-V bests the smaller V-Series by 2.1 seconds and beats the old 420-hp CTS Vsport by 2.7 seconds.
It’s easy to think that this new generation of sedans weakened the V brand, but the CT5-V and the CT4-V are both track-ready grin makers.
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