Cadillac CT4-V

The Cadillac CT4 is powered by a choice of turbocharged 4-cylinder engines sending power to either the rear-wheels or all-four wheels via an optional all-wheel drive system. The base engine displaces 2.0 liters and makes 235 horsepower and a stout 258 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the wheels via a standard 8-speed automatic transmission. Premium Luxury and V-Series models are available with a bigger 2.7L 4-cylinder which makes either 309 horsepower in Premium Luxury trim or 325 horsepower in V trim. Opting for the bigger engine also nets buyers a couple of extra gears as the only transmission choice with the bigger engine is a 10-speed automatic. The V-Series Blackwing is powered by a 472 horsepower 3.6L twin turbo V6 engine that's mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic transmission.

An 8-inch touchscreen housed in the dashboard is well integrated with the various infotainment and technology systems. A leather-wrapped steering wheel with optional heating offers subtle metallic accents and sharp looking, integrated paddle shifters. Soft touchpoints and a general lack of hard plastics also help to heighten the appeal of the CT4 interior.

The CT4 comes in five trims for 2022 including Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport, V-Series and V-Series Blackwing. Standard features on the base CT4 Luxury trim include keyless entry, dual-zone automatic temperature control, a remote engine starter, 2 USB ports, wireless phone connectivity, 4GLTE Wi-Fi hotspot capability, SiriusXM satellite radio, voice activation for the 8-speaker sound system, OnStar turn by turn navigation, 8-way power adjustable front seats and leatherette upholstery. Outside, the CT4 comes standard with automatic LED headlights, a rearview camera, integrated mirror mounted turn signals, chrome exhaust tips and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The Premium Luxury and Sport Trims give buyers access to the bigger 2.7L engine as well as 18-inch wheels. Premium Luxury equipped cars also get leather seating surfaces available in a couple of different colors, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a built-in garage door opener while Sport equipped cars get blacked out exterior trim, a rear spoiler, and transparent tail lamp lenses.

The CT4-V is immediately recognizable from the outside thanks to its unique grille and quad-exhaust tips. In addition to the extra power, the CT4-V gets magnetic adjustable dampers, which adjust suspension stiffness at the push of a button. Inside, the V-series gets a Bose premium sound system with 14-speakers.

Safety features are numerous and include parking sensors, an active lane departure system, blind spot warning, forward and rear collision mitigation, pedestrian detection and a following distance alert.

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Editors' First Take

Should you have the necessary budget and a need for speed, virtually every luxury sedan on the market today can be yours with some sort of an enthusiast-oriented package. Whether it comes courtesy of AMG or wears an M badge, manufacturers are usually happy to give a little more performance in exchange for a hefty premium.

However, were you to actually take these machines with their bigger wheels and flared fenders to the race circuit, you'd find that most lack the poise to match their pomp. That's not so with Cadillac's V-Series and especially with the latest, the 472-horsepower CT4-V Blackwing. This unlikely brand has has yet again generated one of the most track-capable luxury sedans on the planet. By capable I don't mean necessarily the quickest or the fastest, but a car that you could actually take to a track, run all day long and yet still have a reasonable expectation of getting home with tires and brakes remaining.

That formula has reached its ultimate expression in the new Blackwing series, the moniker attached to the highest-spec versions of the 2022 CT4-V and CT5-V. Of the two, it's the one with the lower number that's probably best-suited for regular track use -- though I am of course very aware that few if any owners will actually put that to the test.

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