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Cadillac CTS-V and ATS-V to be Axed, CT6 V-Sport Becomes the CT6-V

Despite being widely hailed as two of the best performance sedans on the market, Cadillac’s ATS-V and CTS-V will go out of production this winter.

(Update: General Motors now claims the ATS-V and CTS-V will stick around past this winter. The vehicles will be replaced within the next couple years, however, with the new CT5 and CT4 sedans. Both the CT5 and CT4 should spawn V Sport and full-blown V versions of their own. The rest of the article as it originally appeared remains.)

Fortunately for us all, that doesn’t mean that the V line is dying. The CT6 V-Sport is now being renamed the CT6-V and more V branded models will follow.

We know that Cadillac is working on replacements for the ATS and CTS, which we believe will be called the CT4 and CT5, respectively, and the chances of these getting the V treatment is high. Taking a look at the wider automotive market, though (X5 M, AMG GLC43) the chances of a crossover (XT4, XT5) getting its own V trim also seem high.

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“Three generations later, V-Series is recognized and coveted by many as a symbol of Cadillac Performance engineering,” Carlisle told Road & Track. “As we accelerate Cadillac’s growth around the world, our V-Series will continue to expand the brand, enhance its image and attract new buyers to our showroom.”

With a bespoke 4.2-liter, twin-turbo V8 making 550 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque, there’s good reason to believe, though, the CT6-V should at least be a worthy followup to the much-loved ATS-V and CTS-V.

[Source: Road & Track, Car and Driver]

A version of this story originally appeared on GM Inside News.