The 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing offers two optional carbon-fiber packages – Carbon Fiber 1 Package (production code CFZ) and Carbon Fiber 2 Package (production code CFV). We’re taking an in-depth look at the components included in each of the two Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing Carbon Fiber packages, along with their respective pricing info.
Carbon Fiber 1 Package – $4,350
- Front splitter
- Front wheel well deflectors
- Front dive planes
- Rear extra aero spoiler
Carbon Fiber 2 Package – $2,650
- Rocker moldings
- Rocker extensions
- Rear valance diffuser
It’s worth noting that the Carbon Fiber 2 Package on the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing cannot be ordered without the Carbon Fiber 1 Package, meaning that the total cost is $7,000 for those who want to max-out the carbon fiber goodness.
Let’s compare what visual impact the standard and two optional packages have on the vehicle.
While the carbon fiber components can be seen as a cosmetic enhancement, the performance aspect is just as important. According to Cadillac, the wind-tunnel-tested carbon fiber packages can reduce lift by 75 percent compared to the model with standard aero.
The improvements offered by the carbon fiber packages build on the aerodynamic enhancements made to the CT4-V Blackwing over its indirect predecessor, the third-generation ATS-V. For instance, intake airflow is improved by 46 percent on the CT4-V Blackwing compared to the ATS-V. Other aerodynamics improvements include:
- New primary mesh grille design that improves airflow over the previous generation.
- The mesh pattern is refined to include secondary reeds that influence backdraft angles, directing airflow to the main radiators, cooler and airflow ducts.
- Larger secondary grilles that direct airflow to the auxiliary charge coolers, while the smaller front lower grilles reduce pressure while channeling airflow into brake-cooling ducts.
- A front splitter that reduces lift to help keep the car planted when cornering at higher speeds.
- A rear spoiler that balances the effect of the front splitter to help maintain rear-wheel traction at higher speeds.
- Mid-body panels that improve underbody aerodynamics.
- Underbody panels that are designed with airflow-channeling strakes dubbed “the underwing” which support the cars’ aero-efficiency and track capability.
- Rocker extensions and a rear valence diffuser that dissipate turbulent air and continue the grounded look established by the front splitter.
As a reminder, the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing made its official debut on February 1st, 2021 via an online stream. The range-topping CT4 model is powered by Cadillac’s twin-turbocharged 3.6L V6 engine (production code LF4) rated at 472 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a ten-speed automatic is optional.
The first 250 reservations of the CT4-V Blackwing, considered Collector Edition models, sold out within mere minutes. Deliveries of the ultra-high-performance luxury sedan went into production in July 2021, and more models are currently being produced at the Lansing Grand River plant in Michigan.
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