Truly, the 2022 CT4-V Blackwing blends motorsport mastery with the height of Cadillac craftsmanship and innovation—resulting in the ultimate expression of everyday exhilaration and the most track-capable Cadillac ever in its class.
Hail, hail to the mighty Blackwing. Cadillac’s most bad ass street rod ever.
But here’s the irony of the story. It’s taken General Motors years — decades, frankly — to come up with a world-beating high-performance sports sedan, one that needs zero excuses, comes with zero caveats and features zero compromises … and it shows up at exactly the moment when the world is largely moving on from such beasts.
The new 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing is for our money, one of the best driver’s cars ever created — by any automaker. It’s bittersweet that this beast arrives in the same year that GM has promised to go almost fully electric by the end of the decade, and alongside a pledge from Cadillac management that every new Cadillac from now on will be electric. The Blackwing is the best engine that never was.
Based on the regular Cadillac CT4, the Blackwing boasts both a standard manual transmission and rear-wheel drive, which serve as twin appetizers for driving enthusiasts. The main course is its spicy 472-hp twin-turbo V-6 and unique chassis tuning, which includes enhanced suspension components and specially developed tires.
The CT4-V Blackwing features the world’s fastest reacting suspension—the latest generation of Magnetic Ride Control. It reads the road up to 1,000 times per second and seamlessly adjusts damping for exceptional ride, handling and control. Not much stops the CT4-V Blackwing in its tracks.
The days of the internal combustion engine at Cadillac are done, which makes the celebration of Cadillac’s achievement with the CT4-V Blackwing more of a last-hurrah farewell than the spark of a new era. Cadillac saved the best gas-powered sedan it’s ever made for the last gas-powered sedan it’ll ever make. It’s both exhilarating and depressing, in equal amounts. But regardless of Cadillac’s future as an electric-vehicle brand, this last gasp of the internal combustion sports sedan is worthy of praise, as it is truly, deeply fantastic.