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- Highs A phenomenally communicative chassis, authentic steering feel, refined enough to be comfortably driven daily.
- Lows Not as quick as the BMW M3, interior quality falls short of luxe rivals, fully loaded versions approach $90,000.
- Verdict The CT4-V Blackwing is a masterpiece of a driving machine, and it's talented enough to be a commuter car, too.
With a souped-up engine and track-ready hardware, the 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing is the hottest version of the brand's smallest sedan. Based on the regular Cadillac CT4, the Blackwing boasts both a standard manual transmission and rear-wheel drive, which serve as twin appetizers for driving enthusiasts. The main course is its spicy 472-hp twin-turbo V-6 and unique chassis tuning, which includes enhanced suspension components and specially developed tires. Cadillac also provides a sense of luxury with a roster of desirable features, but the interior isn't quite as nice as other cars in this segment. Still, the 2022 CT4-V Blackwing capitalizes on the company's penchant for producing great-driving cars, and this one is so good we named it to our 10Best and Editors' Choice lists.
Where This Vehicle Ranks
What's New for 2022?
The all-new 2022 CT4-V Blackwing sedan is the revamped successor to the company's once critically acclaimed Cadillac ATS-V. Thankfully, the CT4-V Blackwing is good enough to remind the German manufacturers that America still builds badass performance sedans.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Starting just shy of $60,000, the 2022 CT4-V Blackwing is priced between cheaper alternatives such as the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 and more expensive ones such as the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. We like that the Caddy comes standard with a stick-shift transmission and track-ready hardware. The CT4-V Blackwing also offers sportier front seats with some luxury amenities that sound appealing but increase its bottom line. Likewise, Cadillac offers several expensive packages that aim to elevate its sports-sedan status.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The CT4-V Blackwing packs a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 that produces 472 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. That power is routed to the rear wheels through either a standard six-speed manual transmission or a 10-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is not available. Our first driving impressions revealed the Blackwing sounds better than its ATS-V predecessor, has loads of steering feedback, and possesses one of the best ride-handling balances in its class. Every model is fitted with adaptive dampers, an electronic limited-slip differential, and a powerful braking system that make it racetrack-ready. At our own test track, we saw the CT4-V Blackwing with the manual 'box hit 60 mph in 4.0 seconds, post 1.01 g on our skidpad, and stop from 70 mph in 153 feet. While all three stats trail the 503-hp, automatic-only BMW M3 Competition we tested, the Caddy feels more alive and does a better job of communicating with the driver.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The 2022 CT4-V Blackwing with the automatic transmission is rated at 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The manual-equipped model loses 1 mpg in both metrics. Once we test the CT4-V Blackwing on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, we can evaluate its real-world mpg. For more information about the Blackwing's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The CT4-V Blackwing's interior has some additional frills compared with the regular CT4 lineup—think carbon-fiber trim, microsuede accents, and more supportive front seats. Otherwise, the design and layout are identical to its toned-down siblings'. Cadillac hasn't exactly exceeded expectations with the quality of Blackwing's cabin, but there's certainly no shortage of fancy features on the roster. The 'Wing comes standard with a 12.0-inch digital gauge cluster and specially bolstered front seats with 18-way power adjustments and heated cushions. These front thrones can be upgraded to a snazzier set with even more aggressive bolstering as well as ventilation and lumbar massage. The Blackwing has the same interior layout and cargo space as the regular CT4, with useful cubby storage as well as a trunk that held five carry-on suitcases in our testing.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Every CT4-V Blackwing features an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless smartphone charging, and multiple charging ports. Mercifully, Cadillac has moved on from its old CUE interface, which relied almost entirely on unintuitive touch-sensitive controls and introduced a handy rotary knob and physical buttons to help operate its infotainment system. The Blackwing also comes standard with a 14-speaker AKG stereo that has brushed aluminum grilles and lightweight components.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Cadillac's little high-performance sedan comes standard with a plethora of driver-assistance technology. Extras such as adaptive cruise control and rear automated emergency braking are part of the optional Driver Assist package. For more information about the CT4-V Blackwing's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features should include:
- Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
- Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
While Cadillac's limited warranty aligns with most luxury competitors, its powertrain coverage stretches longer than Audi's or BMW's. However, those German alternatives have better complimentary maintenance, especially with BMW's three years or 36,000 miles.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers six years or 70,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for the first visit
2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing
Vehicle Type: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
Base/As Tested: $59,990/$76,040
Options: Jet Black leather interior with microfiber inserts and performance steering wheel, $4900; Carbon Package 1, $4350; Carbon Package 2, $2650; performance data and video recorder, $1600; Technology package, $725; Electric Blue paint, $625; Satin Graphite wheels, $600; Climate package; $600
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 218 in3, 3564 cm3
Power: 472 hp @ 5750 rpm
Torque: 445 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 15.0-in vented disc/13.4-in vented disc
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
F: 255/35R-18 (99Y) TPC
R: 275/35R-18 (99Y) TPC
Wheelbase: 109.3 in
Length: 187.6 in
Width: 71.5 in
Height: 56.0 in
Passenger Volume: 90 ft3
Trunk Volume: 11 ft3
Curb Weight: 3851 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 4.0 sec
100 mph: 9.4 sec
1/4-Mile: 12.4 sec @ 116 mph
130 mph: 16.2 sec
150 mph: 23.4 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 5.3 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 9.6 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 7.2 sec
Top Speed (mfr's claim): 189 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 153 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 309 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 1.01 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 18 mpg
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 18/15/23 mpg