Crossovers and SUVs are in fashion these days, but that doesn’t stop Cadillac from attracting enthusiasts by offering them a few sport sedans. The American luxury brand is just getting started with the CT4-V and CT5-V, as both will receive the Blackwing treatment with more power and the availability of a manual gearbox.
Our spies have now caught the smaller of the two sedans during tests at General Motors Milford Proving Ground in Michigan. Camouflage indicates where changes from the non-Blackwing version will take place, particularly on the front and rear bumpers and side skirts. Eagle-eyed readers will also notice the ventilated front fenders to cool the brakes.
We also notice that the trunk lid spoiler protrudes far more than the subtle lip of the standard CT4-V, while the alloy wheels are probably a bit larger. The more robust air intakes installed by Cadillac at the front suggest that more cooling is necessary for the engine to hide under the domed hood.
Confusedly, the CT4-V Blackwing will not actually use the 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 installed in the short-lived CT6-V where it produced 550 horsepower and 640 pound-feet (868 Newton meters) of torque. It is rumored that Cadillac is installing a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 from the ATS-V where it has pumped 464 hp and 445 lb-ft (603 Nm). To please both worlds, a ten-speed automatic transmission should also be available.
The latest information suggests that the official disclosure of CT4-V Blackwing has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. He should now be out by the end of the year or early 2021 when his big brother is also expected to become official. Sales would begin in mid-2021, with prices to order a significant premium over the $ 44,495 CT4-V.
With the sports sedans pushed back, they will probably end up becoming 2022MY vehicles.