The 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing is here, slotting as the new range-topping ultra-high-performance model in the CT4 lineup. With big power, sharp styling, and a long list of go-faster upgrades, the CT4-V Blackwing is impressive – but how impressive is it when lined up against the competition? To find out, we’re placing the latest Caddy Blackwing up against its main rivals in the following GM Authority Comparison.
For this comparison, we’re pulling the specs for the performance variants of the Audi A3, BMW 2 Series, and Mercedes-Benz CLA. As such, we’re comparing the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing against the 2020 Audi RS 3, 2021 BMW M2 Competition, and 2021 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45. While the Mercedes-AMG A 45 is arguably a more suitable rival from the Merc camp, it isn’t sold in the U.S., and thus we’re going with the CLA 45 four-door coupe. It’s also worth noting that the next-generation Audi A3 is still on its way, and is expected for the 2022 model year.
With that, let’s see how the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing lines up against the competition.
Right off the bat, we find the new Caddy to be on the upper end of the segment in terms of pricing, with a base MSRP above all three rivals listed (albeit just $100 more than the M2 Competition). As GM Authority covered previously, a fully loaded CT4-V Blackwing costs $84,875.
However, the CT4-V Blackwing also features the largest engine in this comparison, packing the twin-turbocharged 3.6L V6 LF4. The M2 Competition is close in displacement with its twin-turbo 3.0L I6, while the RS 3 and CLA 45 feature a turbo 2.5L I5 and a turbo 2.0L I4, respectively.
Critically, the CT4-V Blackwing outmuscles all three rivals by a considerable margin, boasting the most power and torque at 472 horsepower and 445 pound-feet, respectively. The nearest competitor with respect to output is once again the M2, which still falls short of the Caddy by 67 ponies and 39 pound-feet with its 405 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.
On the transmission front, the Caddy and Bimmer are the only models in this comparison to offer a manual transmission. The Cadillac also offers a 10-speed automatic, while the rest of the competition features either a seven-speed or eight-speed dual-clutch unit.
In terms of raw acceleration, the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing is the quickest to 60 mph at 3.8 seconds. It’s also the fastest, with a top speed of 189 mph, well above the nearest rivals’ top speed of 174 mph (Audi RS 3, BMW M2 Competition).
Check out the complete list of specs in the table below:
|2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing||2020 Audi RS 3||2021 BMW M2 Competition||2021 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45|
|Engine||Twin-Turbo 3.6L V6 (LF4)||Turbo 2.5L I5||Twin-Turbo 3.0L I6||Turbo 2.0L I4|
|Power @ rpm||472 @ 5,750||394 @ 5,850 to 7,000||405 @ 5,230 to 7,000||382 @ 6,500|
|Torque @ rpm||445 @ 3,500||354 @ 1,950 to 5,850||406 @ 2,350 to 5,230||354 @ 4,750 to 5,000|
|Automatic transmission||10-speed*||7-speed DCT||7-speed DCT*||8-speed DCT|
|0-60 mph, sec. (manufacturer)||3.8||3.9||4.0||4.0|
|Top speed, mph (manufacturer)||189||155 / 174*||155 / 174*||155|
|Front brake disc, in.||15.0||14.6||15.7||13.8 / 14.2*|
|Rear brake disc, in.||13.4||12.2||15.0||13.0 / 13.0*|
|Tire size, front||255/35ZR18||235/35ZR19||245/35ZR19||255/35ZR19|
|Tire size, rear||275/35ZR18||235/35ZR19||265/35ZR19||255/35ZR19|
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