General Motors has released an onboard video showing the 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing lapping the tricky 4.2-mile Grand Course at Virginia International Raceway in a supercar-rivalling 2:52.50.
The video was recorded using the CT4-V Blackwing’s Performance Data Recorder (PDR), which includes various data overlays like a track map, lap timer, g-meter, throttle and brake position, ground speed, selected gear, RPM and steering angle.
The CT4-V Blackwing in this video is bone stock, however it is equipped with the available Carbon Fiber 1 Package, which gives the ultra-performance sedan a little extra downforce thanks to the carbon fiber front splitter, dive planes and rear lip spoiler.
A 2:52.50 lap at VIR’s Grand Course is very quick for a four-door luxury sedan like the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing. For reference, Car and Driver managed a lap of 2:56.8 in the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V on the same 4.2-mile Grand Course back in 2016 – a car that has 178 horsepower more than the CT4-V Blackwing. It’s also a faster time than the magazine posted in numerous supercars, including the 2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition (2:53.2), Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SV (2:53.9) and Ferrari 430 Scuderia (2:54.6).
Under the hood of the CT4-V Blackwing is GM’s twin-turbocharged 3.6L V6 LF4 gasoline engine, which doles out 472 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, although this car is equipped with the optional GM 10-speed automatic, which is the superior choice for those chasing low lap times. With the 10-speed transmission, Cadillac says the CT4-V Blackwing can hustle from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and will top out at 189 mph.
The sedan is scheduled to go into production at the GM Lansing Grand River plant in Michigan on July 5th. Prices start at $59,950 USD.