Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing should, in fact, be immediately familiar to ATS-V drivers. This is in despite the new name as well as face-lift plus an extra 4″ in length. Also, under the skin, the CT4-V Blackwing does feature a carryover with a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6. Thanks to intake and tuning changes, the engine is upcycling. It does make eight more horsepower now. In fact, the output does now total of 472 hp and 445 lb-ft of torque. The transmission options do include a Tremec-sourced six-speed manual. Also, a new 10-speed auto like one is the test car. Moreover, the latter does replace the old eight-speed unit. Plus it is a quicker shifting.
Cadillac CT4-V – Performance-Minded Changes
The rear-wheel-drive is the only drivetrain option for this Cadillac unlike some of its German rivals. There are other performance-minded changes including the adoption of Delphi’s fourth-generation MagneRide shocks. Plus the latest iteration of GM’s Performance Traction Management (PTM) system. There are two optional carbon fiber packs. They combine for a claimed 214 percent reduction in lift. Also, the prices for the CT4-V Blackwing begin at $59,800. The near-loaded car is stickering for $80,235.
Yet. despite its eight-horsepower and two-gear advantage over the last ATS-V automatic sedan that was tested, along the ATS-V in coupe form, the new CT4-V Blackwing is a bit slower at the test track than the ATS-V it is replacing. Moreover, the Blackwing does accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds. It is through the quarter-mile in 12.4 seconds at 114.0 mph. The best 60-0 stop was 106 feet.
In comparison, an automatic-equipped 2016 ATS-V sedan, did run from 0 to 60 in 3.7. Also through the quarter in 12.1 at 116.2 mph. This is despite Blackwing’s more modern hard and software. In fact, it is the same story around figure eight. In fact, the best lap was 23.8 seconds at a 0.84 g average.