The CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwings are nearly here.
Cadillac is busy preparing high-performance versions of its CT4 and CT5 rear-wheel-drive sedans. The 2022 CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing will debut in the coming months and could be on sale as soon as this summer. The CT5-V Blackwing is expected to arrive first, hence the images of its carbon-fiber seats and its 200 mph speedometer.
Up until now, we could only speculate what will be under the hood but details accidentally leaked by Cadillac and discovered by Auto Verdict have clarified those engines and performance specs once and for all.
The CT4-V Blackwing, as expected, will feature the same twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 from its immediate predecessor, the ATS-V.
The leaked document shows the same LF4 RPO code the ATS-V had. Exact power figures were not listed, however, the ATS-V was rated at 464 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque. The new car will at least offer that, if not more. Top speed is 189 mph and 0-60 mph will be achieved in only 3.8 seconds, a drop of 0.2 seconds from the ATS-V. This has been achieved likely due to the new and optional 10-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual will be standard.
Moving up the ladder, the CT5-V Blackwing, as hoped for, will be powered by a hand-built supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V8, the same engine from the old CTS-V and C7 Corvette Z06. Again, output figures were not listed but the document noted the CT5-V Blackwing will have the highest rated output of any Cadillac. Ever.
The CTS-V had 640 hp and this will increase. Once again, a six-speed manual is standard while the 10-speed slushbox is optional. Zero to 60 mph will take 3.7 seconds en route to a top speed of 200 mph. Perhaps one of the most significant ways these two sedans will differ is that only the CT5-V Blackwing will offer cross-drilled carbon fiber ceramic brakes on all four wheels, while CT4-V Blackwing customers will have the option of magnesium wheels. All buyers can add carbon-fiber exterior accents. As standard, both sedans will feature the FE4 performance suspension setup, electronic limited-slip differential, Brembo brakes, a rear differential cooler, and launch control.
Cadillac has made a long-term commitment to electrification and these Blackwing sedans could be the last hurrah. We can hardly wait.