With a long-term fleet that already includes a 2022 BMW M3 and a 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing—both of which let the driver row their own gears via a six-speed manual—you might think our sport sedan would be itching satiated. But we believe there can never be too much stick-shift, high-performance four-door. So after the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing earned a spot on our 2022 10Best list, setting a time of less than three minutes on Lightning Lap thanks to its 472 horsepower 3.6-liter engine, rich feedback and crisp handling, we ordered one for a long-term test. Although it shares the Blackwing name with the larger CT5-V, the smaller dimensions of the CT4-V and twin-turbo V-6 give the car a distinctly different look. The CT4-V Blackwing also gives our M3 an internal rival.
As with our CT5-V Blackwing, we opted for the six-speed manual transmission. The stick shift is standard on Blackwing models and saves buyers more than $3,000 compared to the 10-speed automatic. The vibrant $625 Electric Blue shade of our CT4-V Blackwing really pops. We matched the paint job with blue calipers ($595) hiding behind a set of 18-inch bronze-tone aluminum rims ($1,500). The cabin is equipped with high-quality bucket seats, which feature quilted and perforated inserts in Sky Cool Gray and suede backrests. They are a $4900 upgrade over the stock seats, which are plain Jet Black leather. These buckets are also heated and ventilated, part of a required $600 package that also adds powerful lumbar support for the driver and front passenger. The special seats also require another option package, which wraps the headliner, door trim and other interior parts in a suede-like microfibre.
Despite packing fewer options than the first CT4-V Blackwing we tested in 2021, this one weighed slightly heavier at 3,879 pounds. The extra 28 pounds may have caused this Blackwing to register a 0.1 second slower sprint to 60 mph at 4.1 seconds than that first test car, and it was 0.2 second behind the quarter mile with a run of 12.6 seconds. The grippy Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber helped our CT4-V take up 1.01g on the skid trail, and the tires and Brembo brakes clawed the Blackwing to a stop from 70 mph in 149 feet. While these performance figures don’t quite match our long-term BMW M3—which hit 60mph in 3.9 seconds, covered the quarter mile in 12.2 taps, and pulled 1.02g on the skid pad—the Cadillac is close to $10,000. cheaper.
The impressive run on the track was unfortunately cut short by an unexpected guest. A day after a deer got a close look at the passenger-side back door of our long-lasting CT5-V Blackwing, the CT4-V suffered a similar fate by colliding with a turkey vulture at 144 mph. To fix the bird bash, a damaged A-pillar had to be repaired, the passenger side mirror and other trim parts replaced, and the affected areas repainted. The work totaled over $4,000 and forced the Blackwing to spend 14 days on the sidelines.
Aside from destructive wildlife encounters, the CT4-V’s sojourn has been great so far, with the sports sedan quickly garnering a lot of praise just like its bigger brother. We’ve consistently praised the driving dynamics, with the sharp and responsive steering and gearbox making the Cadillac feel more alive than the M3. One employee even compared it to a Camaro SS 1LE, only “with a better view and an extra set of doors”. While some may wish the CT4-V was powered by a more characterful V-8, the V-6 offers enough power to pin your noggin to the headrest and emit its own unique burble.
While the Blackwing’s ability to ferociously attack a twisty road was known from our experiences with Lightning Lap and 10Best, the Cadillac now shows us that it can also excel in the daily commute. The forgiving ride provided by the adaptive magnetorheological dampers makes it noticeably more comfortable to live with than the stiffer M3, which can take punishment on Michigan’s broken tarmac. Many commentators have already expressed their preference for the Blackwing over our BMW for the long haul. “If our M3 disappeared tomorrow, I wouldn’t miss it,” wrote one editor, while another said, “If only the M3 could feel this balanced and progressive.”
There have been some complaints about the quality of the interior materials, though the cabin price is less blatant in the CT4-V than it is in our $100,000 CT5-V Blackwing. The Sky Cool Gray seats, which certainly help to brighten up the interior, are already changing to a grey-blue color. Small critique aside, the staff’s adoration for the CT4-V Blackwing means the sports sedan should be racking up mileage fast, even if next winter in Michigan puts a tough test on this Cadillac’s day-to-day usability.
Months in fleet: 3 months Current mileage: 5566 miles
Average fuel consumption: 19 mpg
Fuel Tank Size: 17 gal Observed fuel range: 323 miles
Maintenance: $0 Normal wear and tear: $0 Repair:$0
Damage and destruction: $4326
2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing
Vehicle Type: Front Engine, Rear Wheel Drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
Base / As Tested: $59,990 / $68,210
Options: Sky Cool Gray interior – leather seats with mini perforated quilted inserts, suede microfiber trim package and performance steering wheel, $4900; 18-inch alloy wheels with Tech Bronze finish, $1500; Electric Blue Paint, $625; climate package – heated, ventilated and massaging front seats, heated steering wheel, $600; blue calipers, $595
twin turbo and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 218 inches33564 cm3
Power: 472 hp @ 5750 rpm
Torque: 445 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
6-speed manual transmission
Suspension, F/R: Strut/Multilink
Brakes, front/rear: 15.0-inch ventilated disc/13.4-inch ventilated disc
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
F: 255/35ZR-18 94Y Extra Load TPC Specification 3164
R: 275/35ZR-18 99Y Extra Load TPC Specification 3165
Wheelbase: 109.3 inches
Length: 187.6 inches
Width: 71.5 inches
Height: 56.0 inches
Passenger volume: 90 ft3
Trunk Volume: 11 ft3
Curb weight: 3879 lb
CD TEST RESULTS: NEW
60 mph: 4.1 sec
1/4-mile: 12.6 sec @ 114 mph
130 mph: 17.2 sec
The above results show 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 5.3 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 9.6 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 7.1 sec
Top speed (mfr claim): 189 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 149 ft
Braking, 100-0 mph: 310 ft
Handling, 300 ft Skidpad: 1.01 g
CD FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 19 mpg
EPA FUEL CONSUMPTION
Combined/City/Highway: 18/15/23 mpg
4 years/50,000 miles bumper to bumper
6 years/70,000 miles drivetrain
4 years/50,000 miles of corrosion protection or 6/unlimited
6 years/70,000 miles roadside assistance
1 year/1 visit scheduled maintenance
CD TESTING EXPLAINED
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