The Cadillac CT4-V will not be offered with a manual transmission at any point in its lifecycle.
The CT4-V is powered by General Motors‘ 2.7L L3B four-cylinder engine, which funnels its 320 horsepower and 369 pound-feet torque to the rear wheels, with all-wheel-drive available for a premium. This sporty powertrain sounds as though it would be a great candidate to receive a six-speed manual transmission, but GM Authority sources familiar with Cadillac’s product plans have confirmed to us the CT4-V will not receive a stick. That means buyers will have to make do with the 10-speed automatic transmission the sport sedan is currently offered with.
Thankfully, Cadillac customers will have a way to get a three-pedal setup in the CT4-V – but they’ll have to opt for the high-performance Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing model. The automaker confirmed this week both the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing will be offered with a manual transmission and pointed out that this is “a feature most luxury brands no longer offer but continues to be a strong desire for many performance driving enthusiasts.”
Under the hood of the Cadillac CT4-V will be a version of the twin-turbocharged 3.6L LF4 V6 engine that was used in the old Cadillac ATS-V. It produced a healthy 464 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque in that application and may offer up even more power in the newer CT4-V. We believe the 10-speed automatic transmission will also be offered in the CT4-V Blackwing, though the six-speed manual will likely be standard equipment.
In addition to the more powerful engine and six-speed manual transmission, the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing will also feature more aggressive exterior styling, specific chassis tuning, unique alloy wheels, larger brakes, summer performance tires and performance-inspired interior equipment like bolstered seats and carbon-fiber trim.
The launch of the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and slightly larger Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing has been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s not clear when the vehicles will launch, but it is believed they will arrive at dealerships sometime next year. In the meantime, the standard Cadillac CT4-V recently began arriving at Cadillac dealers, though supply may be short while GM’s production plants remain offline due to the pandemic.
This report was written in collaboration with our sister site, Cadillac Society.