Cadillac is moving towards new model designations based on engine torque specs. As such, Cadillac CT4 Premium Luxury models powered by the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine will come with a “500T” badge on the trunk.
The news comes via a recent report from our sister publication, Cadillac Society. It was previously unknown which badge Cadillac CT4 Premium Luxury models with the optional 2.7L engine would wear, although it was determined to be a torque-based figure ranging between 350T and 800T.
Cadillac made the move to torque-based model designations with the 2020 model year, completing the migration with the latest next-generation 2021 Cadillac Escalade. The new designations are based on the vehicle torque rating in newton meters (Nm), which is then rounded to the nearest 50. The designations also come with letters that mark things like engine turbocharging (“T”) or diesel power (“D”). Naturally aspirated engines use model designations without a letter, such as “600.”
Meanwhile, Cadillac’s V-Series models are the only Caddy vehicles that don’t use the torque-based designations, instead implementing a stylized V badge.
As a reminder, the Cadillac CT4 comes standard with the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY gas engine, which produces 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Converted to newton meters, the 258 pound-feet figure comes to about 350 Nm, which means the standard CT4 gets a “350T” badge.
Meanwhile, Cadillac CT4 Premium Luxury models are also offered with the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B, which produces 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet (475 Nm) of torque when equipped in the Premium Luxury trim. As such, Premium Luxury models with the 2.7L engine come with a “500T” badge.
|CT4||Luxury||Turbo 2.0L I4 LSY||237||258||350T|
|CT4||Premium Luxury||Turbo 2.0L I4 LSY||237||258||350T|
|CT4||Sport||Turbo 2.0L I4 LSY||237||258||350T|
|CT4||Premium Luxury||Turbo 2.7L I4 L3B||310||350||500T|
|CT4||V||Turbo 2.7L I4 L3B||325||380||V|
This post was created in collaboration with our sister publication, Cadillac Society.