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The Replacement For The ATS-V Is Taking Shape

Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing
2021 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing

When it comes to performance sedans, German names like Audi RS, BMW M and Mercedes AMG reign supreme. That isn’t to say that the Germans are the ones to build compelling offerings in the segment however. The team at Cadillac have been doing just this since the early 2000s, via their V-Series lineup. That is up until recently, when the brand decided to dilute the cachet of the sub-brand and replace it with the ominous Blackwing moniker. As such, the upcoming 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing replaces the bygone ATS-V sedan. And now, Cadillac dealer order guide information has published our previous reports dating back to 2019.

The information about the 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing comes by way of the vehicle’s official order guide, which was first discovered by the team at AutoVerdict. The document contains information that General Motors has yet to share about the sedan’s powertrain, performance figures, and options list. And while the automaker has since made this order guide invisible to prying eyes once more, we have the highlights to share with you.

2022 Cadillac CT4-V CT5-V Blackwing Manual Transmission Tremec
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According to the original report, we can now confirm that the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing carries the same twin-turbocharged 3.6L LF4 V6 as its predecessor, which MC&T first reported would happen last January. The automaker didn’t share any output figures for the motor, but did note that the sedan will do 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 189 mph. These figures aren’t far off from those of the ATS-V, which suggests the CT4-V Blackwing could arrive with the same 464 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque on tap. The engine can be mated to either a six-speed manual sourced from Tremec, or an in-house 10-speed automatic gearbox.

This carryover powertrain will be tasked with out-performing the BMW M3 and M4, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, Audi RS4 and RS5, while likely being priced below all of these vehicles.

Cadillac CT5-V CT4-V Blackwing Magnesium Wheels
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Like with the larger CT5-V Blackwing, GM’s FE4 suspension, Brembo brakes, an upgraded differential cooler and launch control all come as standard equipment. In terms of options, the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing will offer several carbon fiber accent packages for those looking for a bit of visual flair. Cadillac has previously confirmed that a set of racing-inspired magnesium wheels will also be available as a customer option.

While we will have to wait for Cadillac to share the full details about the CT4-V Blackwing, it already appears to be a proper replacement for the ATS-V. That in itself may be a shame, considering that GM’s plans for electrification may kill the car earlier than we thought. Not good for a performance car that’s already been delayed six months.

Which of the new Blackwing models would you rather take home to your garage? Let us know down below.

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Written by Lucas Bell

Lucas holds a journalism degree from Wayne State University, and is a Automotive Press Association scholarship recipient. While an American muscle fan through and through, he once wrote a fascinating comparison review about eScooters.

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