Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing
The Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing is an upcoming ultra-high-performance variant of the Cadillac CT4 sedan. The vehicle is expected to launch in 2021 as a 2022 model year vehicle.
|Expected engine:||Twin-Turbo 3.6L V6 LF4|
|Expected transmissions:||10-speed auto, 6-speed manual|
|Expected power:||450 horsepower|
|Expected torque:||450 pound-feet|
|Platform:||GM Alpha 2|
|Launch||mid-2021 as 2022 model|
|Production:||GM Lansing Grand River plant|
Here’s what we expect from the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing:
- Engine: twin-turbocharged 3.6L LF4 V6 making around 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque
- Standard: 10-speed automatic with paddle shifters
- Optional: 6-speed manual sourced from Tremec
- Drive wheels: RWD standard, AWD optional
- AWD likely limited to models with automatic transmission
- Chassis & Suspension:
- Structural upgrades throughout the vehicle
- High-performance Magnetic Ride Control
- Brakes: large-diameter cross-drilled rotors with high-performance Brembo pads
- Platform: GM Alpha 2 platform
- Debut: late 2020
- Launch: mid-2021, as 2022 model year vehicle
- May 29, 2019: GM announces all-new, 2020 Cadillac CT4-V as new, intermediate performance model
- June 1, 2019: GM shows “next-level Cadillac CT4-V” prototype at the 2019 Detroit Grand Prix
- June 5, 2019: GM President, Mark Reuss, reflects on Cadillac’s new two-tier V-Series strategy
- June 14, 2019: Cadillac performance variants manager, Mirza Grebovic, says that Cadillac V-Series models will “go out with a bang” before EVs take over
- June 27, 2019: “next-level” Cadillac CT4-V spied running laps
- July 1, 2019: GM Authority exclusively reports that next-level Cadillac CT4-V will be called “Blackwing”
- July 16, 2019: CT4-V Blackwing rumored to use twin-turbo 3.6L V6 LF4 engine from ATS-V
- July 31, 2019: new spy video shows CT4-V Blackwing prototype, seemingly with twin-turbo V6 engine note and manual transmission
- August 8, 2019: Cadillac President, Steve Carlisle, says that GM is committed to V-Series performance products
- December 18, 2019: Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing spied undergoing testing, revealing more about high-performance sedan
- January 28, 2020: GM Authority discovers via its sources that CT4-V Blackwing will, in fact, use the LF4 engine from ATS-V
- March 17, 2020: another CT4-V Blackwing prototype spied undergoing testing
- March 30, 2020: GM Authority publishes “What to expect from Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing“
- April 2, 2020: COVID-19 pandemic delays various GM vehicle launches, including CT5- Blackwing
- April 14, 2020: GM confirms Blackwing name for next-level CT5-V sedan and shares soundtrack of CT5-V accelerating, as well as a teaser image of the rear three-quarters of the CT5-V Blackwing
- April 18, 2020: a report indicates that HSV could import CT4-V Blackwing to Australia
- April 24, 2020: GM Authority renders the CT4-C Blackwing
- May 27, 2020: GM Authority reports that CT4-V Blackwing will not be made available in China
- June 29, 2020: CT4-V Blackwing caught testing at GM proving grounds
- August 20, 2020: GM teases CT4-V Blackwing steering wheel and GM Authority notices some easter eggs on the steering wheel teaser
From a positioning standpoint, the CT4-V Blackwing will represent an all-new entry for Cadillac, which has never had an ultra-high-performance vehicle in the C-sedan segment. From a mechanical standpoint, the CT4-V Blackwing will be more closely related to the first-generation ATS-V Sedan.
The Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing will be assembled at the GM Lansing Grand River plant in Lansing, Michigan.
The Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing will compete directly against the following vehicles:
- BMW M2 Coupe
- Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG and CLA45 AMG
- Audi RS3
Additionally, thanks to its larger size, the CT4-V Blackwing will also indirectly compete with the BMW M3, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG / C63 AMG S, and Audi RS5 Sportback.
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