Model Years Produced: 2020 to Current
Don’t be fooled by the unfamiliar name – the Cadillac CT4 is really just a midcycle refresh for the second-generation Cadillac ATS, gaining a new look, new engines, and a new infotainment system along with some other miscellaneous interior upgrades. The CT4 can best be thought of as a Camaro with 4 doors and a nicer interior, with nearly identical dimensions to the Camaro and a very similar weight too.
The CT4 occupies a peculiar niche in the market that none of its competitors really do. Although it’s a similar size to the Audi A3, Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, and BMW 2-Series, only it and the BMW have a RWD drivetrain – and the BMW doesn’t even have four doors. This gives it driving and handling characteristics much more befitting that of a performance car (and a luxury car, for that matter).
There are three variants of the CT4: the base version, the CT4-V (which replaced the ATS Sport), and the CT4-V Blackwing (which replaced the ATS-V). For the purposes of this write-up, the only one worth considering is the Blackwing.
- Back seats are small
- Some cost cutting in parts of the interior compared to its German competitors, though it’s still an improvement compared to the older ATS
- The automatic transmission is an expensive option on the Blackwing, as are ventilated seats (the latter of which requires the sueded-microfiber interior package and performance bucket seats) and the heads-up display (which requires the technology package)
- The Blackwing doesn’t have a V8
Information is as of 2022 model year
- Limited: 4 years/50,000 miles
- Powertrain: 6 years/70,000 miles
- Corrosion: 4 years/50,000 miles
- Rust-Through: 6 years/100,000 miles
- Emissions: 8 years/80,000 miles
- Roadside Assistance: 6 years/70,000 miles
- Loaner Vehicle: Yes
- Complimentary Maintenance: 1st visit
- Repair Deductible: $0 per visit
- Limited: 2 years/unlimited miles from CPO purchase date or 6 years/unlimited miles from original in-service date (whichever occurs later)
- Roadside Assistance: Lasts for length of the warranty
- Loaner Vehicle: Yes
The CT4-V Blackwing is a swan song for gasoline-powered sport sedans. A 472hp twin-turbocharged V6, a standard manual transmission (with optional 10-speed automatic), RWD with a standard limited-slip differential, and a curb weight under two tons – sadly an increasingly-uncommon event in 2023 – combined with fantastic steering, suspension, and chassis tuning make the Blackwing one of the best “attainable” performance cars of the modern age.
Cadillac has gone on record to state that the CT4-V Blackwing and the CT5-V Blackwing will be the last purely-gasoline-powered performance cars it produces; future vehicles will likely be electric or hybrid. It’s clear that the engineers behind the cars understood the gravity of what that meant and put effort into ensuring they were going out with a bang.
- Body Style(s): Sedan
- Engine: GM LF4 – 3.6L V6 twin-turbocharged
- Horsepower: 472 hp
- Torque: 445 lb-ft
- Transmission: Ford-GM 10L90 10-speed automatic, Tremec TR-6060 6-speed manual
- Drivetrain: RWD w/ standard electronic limited-slip differential
- Curb Weight: 3860 lbs
- Power-to-Weight: 244.6 hp/ton
- Cargo Capacity: 10.7 cu ft
- Fuel Economy: 19 comb / 16 city / 24 hwy
- Starting Price: $62390