Following the debut of the “standard” 2020 Cadillac CT4-V in May, we reported that GM plans to offer a next-level CT4 capable of filling the shoes of the discontinued ATS-V, which the CT4-V indirectly replaced. This next-level Cadillac CT4-V made a surprise showing at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix earlier this month, draped in camouflage and boasting a few notable exterior differences from the “regular” CT4-V. And now, we’re getting another look at this next-level CT4-V thanks to new spy pictures captured at the GM Milford Proving Grounds in Michigan.
The new spy shots show the next-level Cadillac CT4-V in standard white-and-black checkered camo, with a large, white sheet masking the front fascia. By the looks of the outline behind the camo, it appears as though the next-level CT4-V offers a reshaped lower bumper, with an intake that’s larger than that of the standard CT4-V. This prototype is also equipped with the long metal pole and weather vane attached to the front bumper, which allows GM to develop a digital driver assist system that will help to cancel out the effects of crosswinds.
The split-five-spoke design of the wheels is similar to that of the standard Cadillac CT4-V. However, it’s actually identical to that of the outgoing ATS-V. And for good measure: this next-level tester looks to be riding on significantly wider rubber. What’s more, the wheels seen here are in a silver finish, which is a break from the black wheels equipped on the testers shown by GM at Belle Isle earlier this month. The final next-level Cadillac CT4-V will likely offer both silver and black wheel choices.
Our spies tell us that the prototype was not driven at ten-tenths, making it difficult to identify what’s under the hood. However, we believe that the next-level Cadillac CT4-V will come equipped with the twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 LGW engine, the same one found in the 2016-2019 Cadillac CT6. In that application, the boosted six made around 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. That’s a significant upgrade over the standard Cadillac CT4-V, which offers 320 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque from the turbocharged 2.7L L3B inline four-cylinder.
Besides bigger wheels and tires, and a more powerful engine, we expect the next-level Cadillac CT4-V to feature other mechanical upgrades like a more robust suspension system and bigger brakes. In fact, those are some large rotors peering out from behind the wheels of this here tester.
When it’s released in a year or two, GM will likely call this next-level model the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing.
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