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More Track Capable Cadillac V-Series Models Are on the Way

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Cadillac unveiled the new CT4-V and CT5-V to the public late on Thursday evening. The cars were not received by the enthusiast public particularly enthusiastically, and I think Cadillac could read the room.

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Removing horsepower isn’t usually a popular tack, and Cadillac has attempted to dissuade the torches-and-pitchforks crowd from ransacking its headquarters by unveiling new “next level” CT4 and CT5 V-series products during the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.

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The two near-production prototypes were driven by GM president Mark Reuss and VP of Product Ken Morris.

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Maybe I’m the outsider on this opinion, but I find the CT4-V to be an attractive car and a 320 horsepower rear-wheel drive car that could be excellent competition for a BMW M2 or Audi S3.

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In the extremely short press release, GM describes these cars as taking “the V-Series to the next level” and offering “a track-capable experience.” Though GM does not mention any technical specifications of these next level cars, they should follow a similar path that the Germans do, making them lighter, more powerful, and better balanced. If you’re going to copy the Germans, there are worse ways to do it.

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Jalopnik contributor with a love for everything sketchy and eclectic.

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DISCUSSION

We all knew this was coming. Cadillac really bungled the launch of these cars. They’ll probably be excellent like their predecessors. I just wish they would have avoided silly trends in the design of the CT5 and instead made a classy, good looking car like they used to.

Also, I dig the blue wrap/camo(?).