You can’t launch a sports saloon these days without at least 500 horsepower and plenty of electronics to keep you safe – or, you can just do it Cadillac’s way
While everyone else is senselessly chasing numbers in the horsepower war, at the expense of weight, involvement, and affordability, it’s comforting to see someone turn the other cheek. It takes tremendous balls these days to exercise restraint, and to stay clear of the marketing lure. The communications people are so at a loss for meaningful words these days, that all they can do is shout about their latest horsepower figure. It’s always about “More!”.
Cadillac has decided enough is enough, whether voluntarily or not – the important thing is that six hundred horsepower in a saloon means a two tonne kerb weight, needless complications, all-wheel drive, and a supercar price. Without an army of electron assistance systems the car is just about undriveable for most people. Cadillac has realised this and put an end to the madness.
The new Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V go about with a four-cylinder and a V6 respectively, meaning they don’t need all-wheel drive as standard equipment to reign in ridiculous amounts of horsepower. For the CT4-V, we’re merely talking about 320 horsepower from the 2.7-litre turbocharged four-cylinder. It’s also good for 500Nm of torque, all put to the rear wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission. The Americans quote the weight at 1,640kg.
The bigger CT5-V also eschews all-wheel drive in its standard specification, because the 3.0-litre V6 makes 355bhp and 542Nm of torque, which sounds like just the right amount of rear-drive fun. This one weighs 1.8 tonnes, but you can have either the CT4-V or CT5-V with all-wheel drive if you must go “full options”.
Both cars feature Cadillac’s latest-generation adaptive suspension, Brembo brakes, limited slip rear differential, and 19-inch wheel options. The CT4-V coincidentally packs the largest-displacement turbo four on the market.
It would be nice to see others follow suit and release saloons with useable amounts of power, and weight saving the spearhead. Three hundred horsepower and 1.5-tonnes sounds perfect.
As for the Cadillacs, they’ll go on sale early next year with pricing to be announced closer to the launch date, but expect the CT4-V and CT5-V to cost in the AED200,000 and AED250,000 range as the two more affordable options in the sports saloon segment.