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2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing Makes Record-Setting Downforce

2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing Makes Record-Setting Downforce

The 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing looks great, but the aggressive styling is more than just for looks. In fact, the new CT4-V Blackwing makes more downforce than any other Cadillac V-Series model before it.

Customers are offered the option for two carbon fiber aero packages, which draw inspiration from the championship-winning Cadillac Racing DPi-V.R race car. The optional aero packages were developed via extensive wind tunnel testing and Computation Fluid Dynamics simulations, while Cadillac engineers leveraged virtual reality headsets to identify potential improvement areas.

“We set out to create a capable and balanced performance sedan not just with mechanical grip, but aerodynamically as well,” said Cadillac V-Series Blackwing chief engineer, Tony Roma. “With the CT4-V Blackwing, we create net downforce that is incredibly rare in production vehicles. What this means is that the car gets pressed down into the road the faster you go, giving it more grip, greater stability and inspiring the driver to confidently explore its full capabilities. Not only have we produced our most track-capable sub-compact sedan ever, but we continue to work with our racing counterparts to explore the limits of physics to make better cars.”

Just a few of the aerodynamic components found on the 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing include the front underwing, which creates a low pressure zone and directs air to cool critical components, plus air strakes that direct air away from the underbody and balance the vehicle. The front dive planes add front downforce and direct vortices downstream, while the  the rear spoiler creates rear downforce and stability, and features a functional 3mm Gurney flap .

Brake cooling ducts, fender vents, a front splitter, a flat underbody, and rear control arm covers are also included. Even the grille mesh was shaped to optimize the airflow.

With 472 horsepower on tap thanks to the twin-turbo 3.6L V6 (engine code LF4) and an estimated top speed of 189 mph, the 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing is quick. Add in all those carbon aero components, and it’s got the goods to stick, as well.

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Jonathan is an automotive journalist based out of Southern California. He loves anything and everything on four wheels.


  1. Why don’t I see any CTxx Series ads on TV. I don’t want Cadillac to abandon the CTxx series and go 100% SUV like the rest of the GM fleet.

    • I agree. SUV’s are alright but not for me.

  2. Cadillac sedan marketing seams non-existant, at least from what I’ve seen (or not seen). Even at the intro of the CT4/5 V Blackwings at Sebring, there was zero fanfare, even less than the normal T-Shirt giveaways drawing crowds in, etc. Strange as this was Sebring (where they were racing) and Blackwings are the highest performing production vehicles they’ve ever made (and probably the last strictly ICE versions). Maybe they’re betting it all on full blown acceptance of electric vehicles…sounds a bit premature to me.


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