• General Motors Vice President of Global Products Ken Morris unveils the 2020 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V. Cadillac
  • On the left, the CT4-V in blue. On the right, the CT5-V in orange. Cadillac
  • The CT5-V swaps out the regular CT5's 2.0L inline four for a V6. But there was a rather lukewarm response to the car's 335hp output from the Internet. Jonathan Gitlin
  • One way you can tell it's a V-Series car is that instead of chrome, the accents are black. Cadillac
  • Head- and taillights are all LEDs. Cadillac
  • The Cadillac CT4-V is the brand's entry level sporty sedan. Jonathan Gitlin
  • The CT4-V is a handsome car, but will 320hp be enough? Again, the reaction to the car was rather muted considering past V-Series cars offered huge power increases. Cadillac
  • No chrome here. Jonathan Gitlin
  • One of the optional brake caliper colors. Jonathan Gitlin
  • I won't lie, the CT4-V's back seat is extremely tight, and I'm only 5'7". Cadillac
  • Quad exhaust tips get brushed silver surrounds. Cadillac

Although we make every effort to cover our own travel costs, in this case Cadillac flew me to Detroit and provided three nights in a hotel.
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 the BMW M3 and Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. But rather than turning everything up to 11 on these new models, the dial has been set to somewhere between 8 and 9. "It's a new take on the V-series. The current cars are only accessible to a fraction of the market. Not all customers want track time," said Ken Morris, GM's vice president of global products.


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