2021 Cadillac CT5-V First Test: Sitting with the Big Boys


2021 Cadillac CT5-V First Test: Sitting with the Big Boys

In our time with the 2021 Cadillac CT5-V, at least a half-dozen people asked us how the car drives. When we told them it was one of the more fun cars we’d driven in a while, half of them rolled their eyes—and the half that didn’t still hardly believed it. But our impression was backed up when road test editor Chris Walton came back from the handling track yelling out the window, “I wasn’t expecting it to be this fun to drive!” That’s from someone who beats on more than 200 cars a year.

On the figure-eight track, Walton pointed out how linear the steering was: “I’m hardly moving my hands here,” he said while holding a steady speed before easing back into the throttle and exiting the corner. Approaching the following turn, he was impressed with the brakes. “They’re mega, and they never gave me doubt. I could easily trail them into the corner and be precise,” he said. “They’re so linear and consistent. The same can be said about the tires.”

After a couple of laps, the CT5-V‘s talents are clear—the abundance of power, the responsive chassis, the linear steering, and the quick and smooth transmission, all working together in near-perfect harmony. (“I only wish the differential were better at putting power to the pavement,” Walton said.) And this isn’t even the hugely powerful and hardcore CT5-V Blackwing model that will top the range. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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