First unveiled in February of 2021 for the 2022 model year, the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing is occasionally overshadowed by its supercharged big brother, the CT5-V Blackwing. Nevertheless, the CT4-V Blackwing still one helluva performance sedan, and now, Car and Driver is recognizing as much by placing the CT4-V Blackwing on its 10Best for 2024 list.
The good stuff starts with the powerplant. Under the hood, the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing cradles the twin-turbocharged 3.6L V6 LF4 gasoline engine, rated at a maximum of 472 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. All of that go is sent to the rear axle by way of the GM six-speed manual transmission as standard, while the GM 10-speed automatic is optional. What’s more, Car and Driver says that the exhaust emits “all manner of pops and burbles” in its loudest setting, urging drivers to take the six-cylinder up to redline.
The publication also suggests that buyers stick with the six-speed manual, rather than opting into the 10-speed automatic, as the engagement of the three-pedaled option “only adds to the sensory assault at full send,” stating that the CT4-V Blackwing provides one of the most rewarding driving experiences “this side of the six-figure [pricing] mark.”
The magnetorheological dampers are also a point of praise, offering a quiet, comfortable ride when you need it, without taking away from the performance factor when you want it.
One point of criticism, however, was the cabin, which the publication says “could stand to better reflect the Blackwing’s price and not the base CT4’s price.” The interior plastics and a tight rear seat are both highlighted as areas that are in need of improvement.
Nevertheless, the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing remains one of the best performance sedans on the market.