The Cadillac CT4 is a part of Cadillac's plan to restart its claim as a competent luxury automaker, and with the company releasing bold new designs and promising to be as forward-thinking as possible, things are looking good for the brand. However, everyone knows that you need to get the basics right, and Cadillac has just made a bit of a mistake. Versions of the CT4 with the available 2.7-liter turbocharged four-pot were spotted with a 450T badge on their trunk recently, prompting some to speculate that this would be a new designation for the sedan. However, it turns out that this was nothing more than an error.
The CT4's 2.7-liter four-banger produces 309 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque on the regular sedan and 325hp/380 lb-ft on the V variant, with the former meant to wear a 500T badge. Obviously, General Motors has already taken steps to rectify its error, and the 1,155 units of the CT4 that wore the wrong badge on leaving the Lansing Grand River production facility will be correctly badged at dealers following a service bulletin from Cadillac. What is unclear, however, is what the 450T badge is supposed to be fitted to, as there are currently no Cadillac products on offer that make mention of such a designation.
Could this mean that a new, likely less powerful version of the CT4 - and maybe even the CT5 - will be coming, also with the 2.7-liter turbo under the hood? It's the only logical explanation that we can come up with, but Cadillac will doubtless answer our questions eventually when this badge is fitted to something new - correctly this time. Whatever the reason, it'll eventually make no difference, as it seems that Cadillac will very soon become an all-electric brand. We'll report back when we have more information on this potential new trim level/engine offering when it becomes available.