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2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing

The 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing is the fastest, most powerful subcompact car the company has ever built. This isn’t the fire-breathing CT5-V Blackwing (more on that next week), but the pint-sized sedan does dig deep into Cadillac’s performance roots with a twin-turbocharged V6, a blistering 60 time, and the ability to lap tracks like Virginia International Raceway – where we tested it – in record time.

Hello friends this video is about 2022 cadillac ct 4 volt blackwing if you are ready we have started the 2022 cadillac ct4 volt blackwing is the fastest most powerful sub-compact car the company has ever built this isn’t the fire breathing ct5 bolt blackwing more on that next week but the pint-sized sedan does dig deep into cadillac’s performance roots with a

Twin-turbocharged v6 a blistering 60 time and the ability to lap tracks like virginia international raceway where we tested it in record time but you might not know how technically capable this car is simply by looking at it there are no blackwing badges anywhere on the sheet metal of the ct4 volt disappointingly not a single nod to this car’s more potent persona

Cadillac tweaked the grill and touched up the bumpers and the automaker forces you to shell out 4350 for a carbon fiber package that adds a front splitter side skirts and a rear spoiler beyond neat visuals at least the carbon fiber pack tax on 169 pounds of downforce at 180 miles per hour the most of any cadillac ever the standard wheels are a rather boring

Set of 18-inch two-tone rims and even the optional satin finished shoes parent all that exciting for an extra 600 the snowflake pattern bronze rims are the best of the bunch with a unique high spoke design and a sublime finish but they’ll cost you 500 extra the i-sering blaze orange metallic paint pictured here is an additional 625 as well inside the same basic

Elements of the base ct4 volt carryover with some new carbon fiber dotting the dash and door panels optional 300 microfiber material on the steering wheel and shift knob and a neat 3d printed metal accent atop the shifter itself on top of that the blackwing’s new microfiber bucket seats are super comfy with better back and butt support than the base vs leather

Chairs and adjustable bolsters that contour to your body like a well-fitting glove you can even get optional red seat belts most of blackwing’s magic is under the hood cadillac ditched the base model’s four-cylinder truck derived engine thankfully for a twin-turbocharged 3.6 liter v6 that produces 472 horsepower and 445 pound-feet that number represents a huge

Improvement over the ct4 vs 325 horsepower and 380 pounds foot much like the rest of the ct-4 technically this new engine is a carryover from the austrian shillings v but with more power a quicker 60 time of 3.9 seconds with the automatic 4.1 seconds with a manual and a top speed of 189 miles per hour the ct4 volt blackwing hustles down the front straight of verb

With ferocity max twist arrives at 3500 rpm and horsepower hits at 5750 which is actually a tad peakier than what the lesser ct4 volt offers 1500 rpm 5600 rpm and down still on the audi rs3 2255 600 rpm and mercedes amg claw 45 2254 750 rpm and there is some obvious lag when you lay into the throttle but once the turbos pull up and the 10-speed automatic cogs

Into gear this car hustles slapping the paddle shifters activates the 10 speed automatic’s birdly quick shifts this gearbox shows confidence on the track yet feels anonymous when cruising through some of the sleepy towns of rural northern north carolina later in the same day in both good and bad ways but you would be crazy not to opt for the standard six-speed

Manual especially since it’s more than three thousand cheaper the six-speed snickers satisfyingly into place with every throw you might find yourself shifting maniacally as we did just to hear and feel the satisfying clunk of the transmission locking into gear from fifth to fourth to third for no reason at all and that unnecessary shifting is easy thanks to

The standard rav matching system which does all the heel tone for you but even better than revmatch is cadillac’s funky no-lift shift technology which is exactly what it sounds like keep your foot on the gas depress the clutch and slam the shifter into the desired gear with no repercussions it takes some rewiring of your brain to not lift off the gas at every

Shift but once you figure it out it’s a wildly satisfying experience especially when upshifting into fifth at 120 miles per hour the addition of standard magnetic ride control with the already good alpha platform from the camaro makes the ct4 volt black ring at dynamic dynamo this car slithers through ver’s road course with fluid movements and great rotation

The steering is much heavier too than the base ct4 volt but still uber responsive which allows us to fling the blackwing into tricky turns with relative ease there is an inkling of understeer around burr’s tougher turns like that annoying rear double apex but nothing offensively bad fiddling with a performance traction management system ptm affords the driver

Access to five different traction modes including two dedicated track modes that essentially turn off traction control entirely admittedly we spent most of our time driving in the mid-level sport ptm mode which did result in a touch of slipperiness but the michelin pilot sport force tires 255 35th front and 275 35s rear an electronic limited slip differential

Kept the car well in check beyond that new two ct four six piston front brakes with 15.0 inch rotors and four piston rear brakes with 13.4 inch rotors bring the blackwing back down from speed easily and as well as those huge new brakes stop the car they don’t feel grabby even on the track the bigger rotors are easy to modulate all in all the ct4 volt blackwing

Feels hugely improved over the base v-series model on the track but as technically impressive as the black wing is on burr and the number supported some of the gripes we had with the base ct4 volt carry over to the road the steering still drives us crazy in any setting outside of track it’s twitchy and vague and it has an unusual spring-like quality that yanks

The wheel back to center cadillac engineers tell us that the rack is totally rebuilt on the black when compared to the ct4 volt but it feels like much of the same the two soft suspension joins that indistinct steering again in any drive mode other than track the automatic transmission can feel confused at low speeds and the exhaust note while it pops and backfires

On the track sounds lawnmower-ish when cruising around town the ct4 blackwing simply lacks the raw emotion we expect from the cadillac v model especially one with this much power and a manual transmission if you are looking for the most engagement keep this car in its most aggressive mode at all times the track setting adds more heft to the steering much needed

Tautness to the suspension and improvements in throttle response that alleviates some of our issues with a laggy 10 speed also opt for the manual as it’s the superior transmission of the two the slick 6-speed is smooth refined and easy to row thanks to rev match and no lift shift our application with the manual model feels more linear too there is no delay waiting

For the 10 speed to cog down a gear or two when laying into the throttle and the steering even feels more analog although that might be a mental thing because nothing changes mechanically in the steering from automatic to manual either way the manual ct4 volt blackwing is definitely the more tactile and fun of the two the cadillac ct4 volt blackwing starts at

59 990 with a standard six-speed manual or 63165 with the automatic neither of those prices includes the 995 destination fee compared to the outgoing audi rs3 56200 or the mercedes-amg claw 45 55350 the caddy is technically the priciest option of the bunch and it gets even pricier with options a fully loaded example will set you back 87 775 an ungodly sum for

A compact car even with this much power the ct4 volt blackwing is also the least fuel efficient among its peers its 19 miles per gallon combined is significantly down compared to the 23 combined that both the audi and mercedes return to cadillac’s credit both of those models are weighed down on power and use a four-cylinder engine but when premium fuel is a

Prerequisite for all of these cars the one that drinks it fastest may give you pause so while the ct4 volt blackwing is certainly far from perfect what you get at that cost is a small car that is hugely capable on the track the ct4 volt blackwings twin turbocharged engine has tons of grunt the alpha platform with magnetic ride control is sublime and a six-speed

Manual with revmatch and no lift shift makes the do-it-yourself gearbox a no-brainer whether or not y’all fall in love with the ct4 volt blackwing on backroads there is no doubt that this car will be the fastest sub-compact at your next track day subscribe to watch interesting videos

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