We’ve waited some time for Cadillac to launch a new performance-oriented Blackwing model – but now they’re officially here. In addition to the larger CT5-V Blackwing, the company today unveiled the new Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing sedan. With 472 hp (351 kilowatts) of a twin-turbo V6 engine, a six-speed manual transmission and a very sporty appearance, Cadillac hopes that the CT4-V Blackwing can replace the German alternative.
Compared to German alternatives such as the Audi RS3 and the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45, the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing is the fastest and most powerful option. The RS3 develops 394 hp (294 kW) and takes 3.9 seconds to reach 60, while the CLA 45 develops 382 hp (284 kW) and takes 4.0 seconds to reach 60. Not only that, but Cadillac is pretty affordable.
Visually, the CT4-V Blackwing offers the required degree of aggressive angularity and a protruding appearance to meet the new top dog status and stand out from the smaller CT4-V.
Compared to the non-Blackwing car, there are updated front and rear fairings with a larger secondary grille, more effective lower front splitter, rear spoiler, and more muscular rocker extensions that generally improve the CT4’s profile. Not enough testosterone? Both Blackwings are available with a functional carbon fiber aero kit, which reduces the total stroke of the CT4-V Blackwing by 214 percent.
Inside, both Blackwings have standard sports seats and a leather-covered sports steering wheel. The interior also gets a splash of carbon fiber, and each car’s production number is displayed on the steering wheel. Each car will also have a 12-inch instrument screen. There are some minor differences in the standard and optional interiors of the two Blackwings.
The CT4-V is equipped with standard heating and 18-way adjustable synthetic leather seats, but can be upgraded to seats made of real leather, microfiber, ventilation and massage. The CT5-V comes with standard real leather, 18-way adjustment, massage, heating and ventilation. Optionally available microfiber seats and carbon rear seat frame. Both cars can be equipped with an additional carbon fiber cladding.
The CT4-V Blackwing is equipped with a 3.6-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engine that produces 472 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a standard six-speed manual gearbox or a 10-speed automatic. Four-wheel drive is not available. According to Cadillac, the CT4-V Blackwing has a top speed of 300 km / h, and the auto-equipped model can be charged from zero to 100 km / h in 3.8 seconds.
Each model is equipped with adaptive dampers, electronic limited slip differentials and a powerful braking system that makes the CT4-V Blackwing race-ready. Although the CT4 uses the same platform as the discontinued ATS, its performance features have been revised. Compared to the pedestrian CT4, the Blackwing has a lower ride height, firmer suspension, bigger wheels and stickier tires, and improved aerodynamics that together make it a sturdy sports sedan.
|Engine||3.6L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas|
|Steering Type||Electric Rack & Pinion|
|Front Suspension||Magnetic Ride Control|
|Rear Suspension||Magnetic Ride Control|
|Wheels Type||Aluminum Wheels|
|Front Wheel Size||18″ x 8″|
|Rear Wheel Size||18″ x 8″|
|Fuel tank Capacity||17 gallons|
|Max Width||71.4 in|
|Front Width||60.3 in|
|Rear Width||61.7 in|
|Curb Weight||10.7 ft³|