2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing First Test: It’s Almost the Best


2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing First Test: It’s Almost the Best

When the Cadillac ATS-V first hit the streets in 2016, we immediately threw it into comparison tests with the heavyweights: the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, BMW M3, and Mercedes-AMG C63. The ATS-V came close, but it never won any of those comparisons. The new 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing—the CT4 is essentially a heavily updated ATS—attempts to right the wrongs of the older car.

The CT4-V Blackwing should be immediately familiar to ATS-V drivers, despite the new name, face-lift, and extra 4 inches in length. Under the skin, the CT4-V Blackwing (not to be confused with the CT4-V, which is more of an interim performance model than full-blown V) features a carryover 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6. Although the engine is upcycled, thanks to intake and tuning changes, it makes eight more horsepower now; output now totals 472 hp and 445 lb-ft of torque. Transmission options include a Tremec-sourced six-speed manual or a new 10-speed auto like the one on our test car. The latter replaces the old eight-speed unit, and it’s quicker-shifting.

Unlike some of its German rivals, rear-wheel drive is the only drivetrain option for this Cadillac. Other performance-minded changes include the adoption of Delphi’s fourth-generation MagneRide shocks, the latest iteration of GM’s Performance Traction Management (PTM) system, and two optional carbon fiber packs, which combine for a claimed 214 percent reduction in lift. Prices for the CT4-V Blackwing begin at $59,800, and our near-loaded car stickered for $80,235.

For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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