GM launched the Cadillac CT4-V for the 2020 model year as a new mid-range performance sedan that slots between the “regular” CT4 and the recently revealed CT4-V Blackwing. In that position, the new CT4-V competes with other performance-oriented C-segment sedans such as the Mercedes-Benz A35 AMG, CLA35 AMG, BMW M240i as well as the Audi S3.
The 2021 model year represents the second year of CT4-V availability, and GM Authority is the first to tell you everything that’s new and different about the 2021 Cadillac CT4-V. Notably, the updates and changes are similar to that of its bigger sibling, the CT5-V.
2021 Cadillac CT4-V Exterior
The exterior sees the deletion of two existing colors and the addition of two new ones. The two deleted hues are Red Obsession Tintcoat and Royal Spice Metallic. Both colors were available at an extra charge for the 2020 model year, and Royal Spice Metallic was a promotional color available only on the CT4-V (and the lesser CT4 Sport).
The two new colors are Rift Metallic and Infrared Tintcoat. The Rift Metallic color is exclusive to the CT4-V, and Cadillac tells us that “it’s an alabaster white-based color with a fresh greige hue.” Meanwhile, Infrared Tintcoat can be described as a new cherry red color that Cadillac says draws attention to the “sedan’s bold exterior styling.”
Overall, the 2021 CT4-V is available in the following nine exterior colors:
- Velocity Red
- Satin Steel Metallic
- Summit White
- Black Raven
- Evergreen Metallic
- Shadow Metallic
- Wave Metallic
- Rift Metallic
- Infrared Tintcoat
Most of what’s new about the 2021 Cadillac CT4-V lies in the cabin.
2021 Cadillac CT4-V Technology
First is the addition of Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance feature for use on limited access freeways. The feature, which GM previously announced would become available for the 2021 Cadillac CT4-V, will become available early in the 2021 calendar year. It requires the Driver Awareness Plus Package with Super Cruise as well as either the Driver Assist Package or the Platinum Package. To work properly, Super Cruise also requires an active OnStar plan, active Wi-Fi Hotspot, working electrical system, cell reception and GPS signal. A three year-long complimentary period is included for the first three years of the vehicle’s ownership.
A new Buckle to Drive system is added to the Teen Driver feature. Aiming to encourage seat belt use, the feature prevents the CT4-V from being shifted out of Park until driver’s seat belt is fastened. The feature times out after 20 seconds and can be turned on and off in Settings or Teen Driver menu.
On the infotainment front, the 2021 Cadillac CT4-V gains wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto functionality as standard. Wired functionality remains for those who prefer to use a cable.
Another major change is the addition of a new, optional 12-inch diagonal instrument cluster. The high-definition, reconfigurable cluster features different themes, including a traditional Tour theme, a performance-oriented Sport theme, a Track theme that’s exclusive to the CT4-V, plus a dark, minimalist theme called Stealth. Once drivers select a theme, they can change the information displayed in each zone of the cluster.
The new, all-digital gauge cluster is included and only available as part of the also new-for-2021 Technology Package, which includes a Head-Up Display. The Technology Package also requires the Premium Package. The standard cluster remains the unit with the analog speedometer and tachometer, along with a dual digital Driver Information Center display.
The introduction of the new digital cluster results in the deletion of the optional, 8-inch diagonal color Driver Information Center (DIC), which previously served as the up-level gauge cluster for the 2020 CT4-V.
Additionally, the Rotary Infotainment Controller gains jog functionality, which allows the controller to be “pushed” in different directions to select different items on the display, as well as “rotated.”
Finally, SiriusXM gains 360L functionality, allowing the satellite radio service to deliver a more interactive satellite radio experience.
2021 Cadillac CT4-V Interior
The 2021 Cadillac CT4-V interior also sees a material improvement in the form of upgraded Modena leather on the steering wheel as well as a standard Senza leather-wrapped horn pad. Additionally, the center console decorative trim was changed from Pendulum-finished aluminum to Twenty-Two Carbon Fiber.
2021 Cadillac CT4-V Powertrain
Like the 2020 model, the 2021 CT4-V continues to be powered by GM’s turbocharged 2.7L I-4 L3B engine rated at a healthy 325 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. GM’s 10-speed automatic gearbox is responsible for shifting duty, sending power to either the rear wheels or to all four via an optional all-wheel-drive system.
2021 Cadillac CT4-V Availability
The 2021 Cadillac CT4-V went into production in late Q3 2020 at the GM Lansing Grand River plant in Michigan. As such, 2021 units are already on dealer lots.
Looking ahead, we expect the first-generation CT4-V to live on thru at least the 2025 model year.