Welcome to being a minority (with me) in an already very small group. Even the Pinto had fans...You know, I have been thinking about these replies. I have been a huge fan of what Cadillac has been doing.
I thought about why I have enjoyed my high performance cars. It starts back in the 60's. Except for badging, the high performance ones looked like the regular models.
In the 70's, assuming one could call anything high performance, they still looked like the regular models.
In the 80's, another ho hum decade, it is hard to know since nothing was high performance and everything was ugly.
In the 90's things are beginning to perk up. I bought a 1990 SHO. It looked like the base model Taurus. People were always surprised to find out what it really was. I began to perk again.
In the 00's it really picked up. My bad attitude on performance finally began to turn around. I found about the V1 through a friend of mine. I was stunned. I found an 05 immediately. Put 179,000 miles on it before I totaled it.
Damn the luck. Now I am forced now to buy a 2010 V2. Put 208,000 miles on it. Sold it. Looked at a V3. The automatic killed it. It is hard to trust GM and automatics.
I was forced to buy a 2018 Z07. This is the first car I had to introduce myself to and hope it would accept me. This car has too much power. Any car that can break the tires loose and have the rear end moving at 85 mph is way overpowered! But it has done wonders for my testosterone levels. Enough that I love it now.
Then I found out about the CT5 V. Damn again. I will be forced into one of them now.
The common denominator, except for the Z07, is that these cars were stealth cars. Badging may be different. Aero may be different. But they look like the base models, just with horns and a fork. I think Cadillac is doing a great job and having a great time building a world class car. Anyone complaining here has forgotten the heritage and the approach that Cadillac has taken. If someone wants an American made muscle car that looks and sounds bad, the Z07 is perfect. However, it is NOT a road car. It is a world class track car.
The CT5 will be a road car in spades. All of the high performance sedans I have owned, SHO, V1, and V2 were world class, at their time, road cars. Cadillac has continued its improvement. The CT4 will be the best to date, and I will argue the best Cadillac of all time. AND, shockingly, comes from GM. AND from a division that is flexing its muscle. Name another GM division, absent Chevrolet in a very narrow segment, that has done that. These improvements are almost across their lines. Who would have thought?
Cadillac is making fabulous high performance road cars. Ones you can climb in and go 1,000 miles. In total comfort. Always innovating. Always improving. That is exactly what everyone is looking for in a car brand.
I never have driven a single high performance car I have bought and I have never been dissapointed. Cadillac has conntinued to build and continued to improve a high performance road car. I am with them 100% of the way.
So it may look like a CT5. Wait, I think it supposed to look like a CT5. Think about it.
It’s too early to tell, but besides having the manual I want badly, I am thinking the BW will offer incrementally better performance compared to the V3.
If not, I would stick with the V3 because it is definitely a better looking car (than the BW).