The 2022 Cadillac CT4 V-Series Blackwing Review
By Driving Me Crazy Duo John and Laurie Wiles

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PINEHURST, NC  — January 6, 2022 — Okay, here are two words I don’t think I have ever used together in a sentence – Cadillac  and Sportscar. The official Cadillac CT4 website just calls it a ‘sedan’, and while the ‘Blackwing’ may have four doors, it has more ‘sports car’ in it than your typical sedan.

I say with all honesty that I am not sure who the Cadillac engineers had in mind with this vehicle. Its hard side bucket seats fit the small hiney of youth, but it is not favorable to the over 50 crowd unless you are ‘lean and mean’. And there was this wonderful race track sound emanating from the dual exhaust. Well, that’s not exactly accurate either. I am well over 50, and I loved the CT4 … seriously. The comfort of a Cadillac and the ‘get up and go’ of a race car? What’s not to love? This is my type of car.

                                                       The 2022 Cadillac CT4 V-Series Blackwing.

The standard CT4-V and the CT4-V Blackwing are very different vehicles, too. The standard CT4-V features a 2.7L Dual Volute Turbocharged engine with 325 HP and a 10-speed automatic transmission. The Blackwing model, which we had, has 3.6L Twin Turbocharged V6 engine with 472 HP and a six-speed manual transmission, with a 10 speed automatic as an option. Ours had the 10-speed option and every other option Cadillac offers on this model, making the Blackwing’s base price of $58,995 jump to $76,580. However, if you ‘want to push your inner race car driver’, as Cadillac says, this is the Cadillac to do it.

Our Blackwing, before all the extras, was a great Cadillac, with Adaptice Suspension and Magnetic Ride Control, which made the ‘ever so close to the ground’ Blackwing ride really, really well. Speaking of ‘close to the ground’ the picture of the Blackwing does not really do the spoilers on the front and back justice. They give the Blackwing that racing look, much better than the stock picture shows. Also, that front spoiler is just barely above curb height, and I think any prudent driver should avoid the concrete stops in most parking lot. You could be pushing it. Fortunately, the Standard Safety and Security System monitors when your front end is getting close to something, so early warnings can prevent damage to this beautiful, sleek, racing look. Here’s Cadillac’s take on their spoilers – “Signature V-Series aesthetics serve a powerful purpose. The mesh grille design directs air to the main radiators, cooler and airflow ducts. The front splitter and rear spoiler combine to reduce lift and generate traction. This is science applied by the hands of a sculptor.” Beauty and function – I like it.

Speaking of Safety – Our Blackwing had Front Pedestrian and Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Safety Alert Seat, Rear Seat Reminder, Rear Park Assist, HD Rear Vision Camera, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Lane Chane Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Intellibeam, and Front Park Assist. The Driver’s Assist Package added Adaptive Cruise Control, Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking, and Reverse Automatic Braking.

You could, quite literally, put the car in ‘race mode’ with Drive Mode Selector, Traction Management, and Custom Launch Control with Line Lock.

When you weren’t racing, you had built in seat massage, yes, you read that correctly, plus power seat with leg extender, heated seat, heated steering, Heads Up Display, and … wait for it … even Hands-Free Driving.

Yes, it’s here, and, no, I didn’t try it. I didn’t find Super Cruise listed on our monroney. But according to Cadillac, “When you’re ready to let go, activate available Super Cruise™ – the first true, hands-free, driver assistance technology for compatible roads.” Wow!

So, for whom is this CT4 V Series Blackwing made? Me. And every other performance loving, comfort loving, American car loving, Cadillac dreaming, luxury car loving, race car driver out there. And there have to be a lot more than me. Kudos, Cadillac! I hope you sell millions of these.

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Cadillac Dealerships Serving Pinehurst, NC

Clark Chevrolet Cadillac Inc.

35 Dundee Road, Pinehurst,  NC 28374

Sales: 1-866-770-3927; Service: 1-877-244-0540

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Cadillac Dealerships Serving Westchester County

Mount Kisco Cadillac

175 North Bedford Road, Mount Kisco, NY 10549

Sales: 1-866-233-3089; Service: 1-866-233-3089

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Pepe Cadillac

15 Water Street, White Plains, NY 10601

Sales: 1-877-504-5165; Service: 1-877-504-9994

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Cadillac Dealerships Serving Connecticut 

Cadillac of Greenwich

144 Railroad Avenue, Greenwich CT 06830

Sales: 1-203-987-6147; Service: 1-203-987-6383

 

John and Laurie WilesThe 2022 Cadillac CT4 V-Series Blackwing Review
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