The 2020 Cadillac CT4-V might be a tad underwhelming, but work continues on a proper ATS-V successor.
Recently spotted undergoing testing at the Milford Proving Grounds, this high-performance variant has been tentatively dubbed the CT4-V Plus. While the name’s not official, it will be more hardcore than the standard model.
The heavily camouflaged prototype doesn’t reveal much, but Cadillac showed a more revealing version at the Detroit Grand Prix. Compared to the CT4-V, the Plus variant has a revised front fascia with more aggressive air intakes. The model also has front fender vents and a larger rear spoiler.
GM has been tight-lighted about performance specifications, but rumors have suggested the model could use the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine from the CT6. It produces 404 hp (301 kW / 410 PS) and 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) of torque.
The engine would enable the CT4-V Plus to be significantly more powerful than the standard model which has a turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder that develops 320 hp (239 kW / 324 PS) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque. However, it would be weaker than the ATS-V’s twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 that cranked out 464 hp (346 kW / 470 PS) and 445 lb-ft (603 Nm) of torque.
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Regardless of what’s under the hood, the CT4-V Plus should have a sportier suspension that is more focused on high-performance driving. There’s no word on specifics, but executives have promised the hotter V-Series variants will have “ultimate, high-performance track capability” as the company would “never forget about our customers who do want to take their cars to the track.”
It remains unclear when the CT4-V Plus will debut, but standard CT4 should be introduced shortly.
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