As the sweet, warm days of summer blaze on, we’re amped to bring you a seriously cool sleeper compact sedan – 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing. The car in question is a real head-turner with its eye-catching Maritime Blue wrap, Blackwing edition carbon fiber touches, and powered by gutsy, growling horsepower.
This compact sedan seamlessly blends performance and style, adding a new dimension to an already exhilarating machine. From its robust catless downpipes to its 20-inch wheels, every part serves to amplify the Blackwing’s inherent style, pushing the boundaries of both aesthetics and power.
About the Model
Before we jump into the nitty-gritty of this fine machine, let’s take a quick peek at the key specs of the car and remind ourselves why the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing holds such an esteemed spot in the brand’s line up.
This sleek, high-performance beast, born out of the legendary CTS-V line of Cadillacs, was Detroit’s pointed retort to the vaunted BMW M3. Equipped with a gutsy 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6, doling out a whopping 472 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque, it’s a modern muscle car that’s learned to speak the language of European performance vehicles, while retaining its American grit.
“One of the Blackwing’s major selling points, especially for those of us with a penchant for manual mastery, is the standard 6-speed manual transmission”.
In a world rapidly ditching manual transmissions for their automatic counterparts, the CT4-V Blackwing remains an oasis for gearheads, providing the old-school, engaging experience of being in total control of the car. And yet, despite its track-ready specs, it’s really smooth on the open road, making it a superb daily driver and a road trip-ready companion.
Dressed in the humble garb of a sedan, the CT4-V Blackwing is a classic “sleeper”. Its high-performance DNA doesn’t scream for attention, but rather lies in wait, ready to pounce when the pedal hits the metal. The car’s rear-wheel drive layout, a departure from the current trend of all-wheel drive, underlines its playful nature. It’s this fun-loving, donut-happy streak that makes it a cool alternative to import performance sedans.
Custom Touches that Count
Now back to the star of the show. At the heart of Kayla’s Blackwing, you’ll find a pair of catless downpipes from Tapout Tuning. This modification not only gives the V6 an even throatier growl, but it also adds a pinch of spice to its performance, unleashing its true potential.
On the suspension front, Kayla has chosen to stick with the stock setup. Perhaps because of the Blackwing’s well-balanced factory suspension that’s dialed to handle both high-speed shenanigans and everyday driving conditions.
Wrapped around the Blackwing’s 20-inch wheels are 265/25/20 tires in the front and 285/25/20 at the back. The staggered setup ensures a larger contact patch at the rear, ideal for keeping this rear-wheel-drive monster glued to the road, whether you’re carving canyons or staging at the local drag strip.
The real kicker, though, is the Maritime Blue wrap by Inozetek, masterfully applied by @wrap_plug. The stock Electric Blue available on CT4-V Blackwings and Corvettes might tickle your fancy, but this Maritime Blue wrap is on a different level. It perfectly underlines the sporty nature of this performance sedan while making it stand out.
“Factory carbon fiber package includes the front lip, bumper canards, trunk lip, side skirts and some other small carbon pieces in the interior”.
Specs & Mods:
Stock suspension right now
Ferrada CM2 rims: 20×9 front and 20×10.5 rear (Staggered)
Tres: 265/25/20 in the front and 285/25/20 tires in the back
Catless downpipes from Tapout Tuning
- The wrap is called Maritime Blue from Inozetek. And the person who did a beautiful job on this wrap is @wrap_plug
- Full Blackwing carbon package which is:
- Carbon front lip
- Carbon canards
- Carbon trunk lip
- Carbon side skirts
- And some other small carbon pieces in the interior
Kayla’s 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing harmoniously blends performance and style while adhering to the original performnce sedan blueprint: big power, rear-wheel drive, and a manual transmission.
What sets it apart, though, is the attention to detail – those carefully chosen subtle mods that make it unique. At the end of the day, it’s not just about the car – it’s about the person behind the wheel, and Kayla’s ride tells a tale of personal expression on four very fast wheels.
Watch the progress and find out more about this Cadillac CT4-V project by visiting the Instagram profile of the owner: @ct4shaii!
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Automotive journalist and technical writer with more than 10 years of experience. Specialized in aftermarket parts and performance modifications. Loves everything on four wheels and obsessed with modified muscle cars, both classic and modern.