But they aren't rivals to the full-on German M and AMG cars. Instead, they're warmer versions of the regular cars with turbo V6 and four-cylinder power.
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Cadillac has unveiled its latest V-Series cars, the CT4-V and CT5-V, as it puts AMG 43 and BMW M Sport models in its sights. And no, don't hold your breath for them in Australia.

This is actually the CT4's official debut. It'll go head-to-head with the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class when the range launches in full – for now, it's V-Series only.

Unlike some previous 'V' cars (think CTS-V and ATS-V) the hotted-up CT4 and CT5 aren't rivals for full-flight BMW M and Mercedes-AMG cars. There's no V8 engine, and no manual gearbox.

Instead in the CT5, you get a twin-turbo 3.0-litre unit making 265kW, put to the rear wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission as standard. All-wheel drive is optional.

The CT5 rides on 19-inch alloy wheels, behind which hide brakes from Brembo. Cadillac's clever 'Magnetic Ride Control 4.0' suspension system is standard, tuned specifically for these V cars.

The media materials claim MRC4.0 blends luxurious ride comfort with flat, responsive handling but we'll have to wait and see on that one.

Moving to the CT4-V subs the 3.0-litre engine for a 2.7-litre, single-turbo four-cylinder making 239kW. It's mated with the same 10-speed automatic offered in the CT5-V, and has the same MRC4.0 suspension system when rear-wheel drive is specced. All-wheel drive CT4s come with passive dampers.

Both models have been given a mild makeover outside, with darker accents and mesh grilles, quad exhaust systems and a unique rear spoiler. It's all subtle, though.

Inside, there are unique dials and a sportier steering wheel to separate the V-Series models from regular cars. Super Cruise, Cadillac's semi-autonomous rival to Tesla Autopilot, is optional on both cars.

Australia

Cadillac doesn't make cars in right-hand drive, and hasn't for some time. The brand looks unlikely to come to Australia any time soon.

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