Alright, folks. Sit down, buckle up, and make sure your seats are in the upright position ’cause we’re about to dive deep into the beautiful world of American performance sedans. Today, we’re taking a closer look at a real head-turner, a beast that commands respect in every car meet — a fully blacked-out, bagged 2021 Cadillac CT5-V, owned by our man Mario B from Fresno, CA.
This isn’t your grandpa’s Cadillac. This is a modern-day chariot, flaunting a slew of stylish exterior mods, including a bumper lip, skirts, spoiler and ground-hugging stance. This menacing ride isn’t just for show, it’s a testament to Cadillac’s commitment to performance, and a nod to the sinister vibe of the previous generations of the CTS-V models.
About the Model
The 2021 Cadillac CT5-V is a luxury sports sedan that strikes a perfect balance between elegance and performance. This is the kind of whip that gets your adrenaline pumping the moment you step on the throttle of its 3.0L twin-turbo V6. With an impressive 360 horsepower on tap, and more than 400 pound-feet of torque, this car isn’t just about making a statement — it’s about making a statement at blistering speeds.
“The 2021 Cadillac CT5-V is a luxury sports sedan that strikes a perfect balance between elegance and performance”.
The CT5-V packs a powerful punch, and while it’s not the supercharged V8 Blackwing, this beast has something to show on the open road. Car and Driver even likened it to BMW’s 3-Series, a high compliment considering the European model’s reputation for sportiness and refinement.
“The CT5-V packs a powerful punch, and while it’s not the supercharged V8 Blackwing, this beast has something to show on the open road”.
However, the Cadillac stands its ground, bringing to the table the brand’s renowned luxury, convenience, and that quintessential American performance sedan feel. This car proves that muscle isn’t about being brutish, it’s about power, precision, and a healthy dose of panache.
Despite its heart-racing performance credentials, the CT5-V is a ride that’s built for daily use. It comes fitted with an intuitive infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a video data performance recorder.
It’s the kind of car that allows you to experience thrills on the open road, without sacrificing comfort and practicality. And with the model’s customizable V-mode configurator, you can tailor the driving experience to your liking — now, how’s that for a daily driver?
Now, let’s get to the nitty-gritty. Our featured car is far from stock. The first thing you’ll notice is that the ride height is way down, thanks to a top-notch air suspension by PSI with AirLift management. Mario decided to “bag” his CT5-V, providing it with the flexibility to strut its stuff when parked or maintain a more practical ride height on the streets. This modification not only makes for a stunning aesthetic but also gives the vehicle a lower center of gravity, improving its handling characteristics.
“The first thing you’ll notice is that the ride height is way down, thanks to a top-notch air suspension by PSI with AirLift management”.
The wheels are a whole story on their own. It’s no surprise that Mario decided to swap out the stock wheels for a set that brings out the car’s aggressive stance. Paired with the low-profile tires, the new rims are a definitive statement in style and performance, giving the Cadillac a striking and dynamic appearance.
And then there are the exterior modifications. The bumper lip, skirts, and spoiler — all cloaked in jet black — lend this CT5-V a truly menacing aesthetic. The all-black look serves as a tribute to the iconic CTS-V models, adding a level of visual drama that simply can’t be ignored. It’s a testament to the power of subtlety and the timeless appeal of black-on-black.
In the end, what we have here is a masterpiece that beautifully combines luxury, performance, and style. This blacked-out, bagged 2021 Cadillac CT5-V stands as proof that the spirit of the American performance sedans is alive and well, and still capable of turning heads and raising heartbeats.
It’s a blend of elegance and power, wrapped up in a package that’s practical for daily use and thrilling on the open road. Mario’s machine embodies the essence of what it means to be a car enthusiast in today’s age.
Specs & Mods: 2021 Cadillac CT5-V
- PSI air bag struts, AirLift management
- 20×9.5 front and 20×11 rear Wheels Ferrada CM2
- Custom front lip, side skirts, rear spats, spoiler
- Blacked out taillights
Watch the progress and find out more about this Cadillac CT5 project by visiting the Instagram profile of the owner: @marv.5v!
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Automotive journalist and technical writer with more than 10 years of experience. Specialized in aftermarket parts and performance modifications. Loves everything on four wheels and obsessed with modified muscle cars, both classic and modern.