Just a few hours ago, we published a post highlighting a video that captures the up-and-coming Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing out on public roads for a little benchmarking action. In addition to the next-level CT5-V, we also managed to snag a video that shows a duo of Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing prototypes out doing the same thing. Not only does this new video give us a fresh take on the exterior styling of the new performance four-door, but it also confirms previous speculation with regard to the model’s powerplant and transmission options.
In the video, we see a Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing prototype in the same blue-and-black camo job as the model teased at the Detroit Grand Prix, as well as a second prototype in black-and-white camouflage. The two vehicles were part of a group that included a BMW M2 and Cadillac ATS-V, all of which were included for GM’s benchmarking purposes.
Critically, it looks and sounds as if the new CT4-V Blackwing will indeed offer a manual transmission option. Watch closely at the first clip of the blue-and-black car as it moves down the road – notice the nose dip when the car shifts? A three-pedal set-up looks like it’s in our future, folks.
Meanwhile, the black-and-white Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing sounds as though it comes with an automatic transmission, as evidenced by the smooth, quick-shift sounds it makes as it accelerates away.
The engine note is also quite interesting. To our ears, it sounds a good deal like the twin-turbo 3.6L LF4 V6, the same engine that’s found in the ATS-V, although the exhaust sound seems to have been tuned slightly by comparison. In the ATS-V, the LF4 produced 464 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque.
Meanwhile, the blue-and-black prototype is equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S rubber sized at 255/35/R18 up front and 275/35/R18 in the rear, which is identical sizing as the ATS-V. For reference, the standard Cadillac CT4-V is equipped with 235/40/R18 tires at all four corners, which means the next-level CT4-V will have the extra stick to match the extra go.
As a side note, it’s unclear whether or not the next-level Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V will carry the Blackwing name in production.
Stay tuned, because we’ll have loads more content on both go-faster sedans very soon. In the meantime, subscribe to GM Authority for more Cadillac CT4 news, Cadillac news and around-the-clock GM news coverage.