Driving Impressions of the 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing: A Perfectly Balanced Rocket

    When it comes to cars, I have a preference for the smaller, lighter, and more agile options. This is not just because of my height, but also for several other reasons. The Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing, despite being overshadowed by its bigger brother, the CT5-V Blackwing, caught my attention. It may not boast the same horsepower as its sibling, but it still delivers a thrilling driving experience.

    With a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 engine producing 472 horsepower, the CT4-V Blackwing is no slouch. Paired with a smooth MagneRide 4.0 suspension, this compact sedan handles like a dream on both winding back roads and daily commutes. While some may argue that the CT5-V Blackwing is the superior choice, the CT4-V Blackwing is better suited for most enthusiast drivers in most situations.

    However, not everyone on the team shares my opinion. In our comparison test, my analysis was met with some disagreement. Nonetheless, there is an interesting case to be made for the smaller Blackwing in the midst of car nerd conversations.

    One drawback of the CT4-V Blackwing is its lackluster exhaust note. Compared to its impressive performance, the sound emitted from its twin exhaust tips is rather dull and uninspiring. It fails to elicit much emotion during normal driving conditions, which diminishes its everyday fun factor. Only when you push the throttle beyond 4,500 rpm does it produce a satisfying snarl. But for regular city driving, the CT4’s exhaust note falls flat.

    On the bright side, the CT4-V Blackwing makes up for its underwhelming sound with exceptional handling dynamics. Being the smallest car in its class, it offers agile and responsive maneuverability on fast transitions. This stands in contrast to its similarly sized competitor, the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45. The CT4-V Blackwing changes direction with precision, rewarding skilled drivers with excellent balance and confidence-inspiring grip.

    In terms of appearance, the CT4-V Blackwing is a looker. With its mature and proportionate design, it exudes an air of elegance that the front-wheel-drive-based CLA can only dream of. And for those who prefer a more aggressive aesthetic, there are various optional carbon fiber accents available. Inside, the cabin is well-appointed, although some elements, such as the radio and climate control buttons, bring back memories of older Cadillac models.

    Despite its few shortcomings, the CT4-V Blackwing exemplifies Cadillac’s commitment to crafting dynamic and well-sorted sport sedans. While it may not hold the same groundbreaking status as its pricier CT5-V Blackwing counterpart, it is a compelling option for those seeking compact sedan fun.

    In the end, everyone has their own preferences and priorities when it comes to choosing a car. For me, the CT4-V Blackwing’s driving prowess and compact size make it an enticing option. It may not be as memorable as other high-performance sedans, but it certainly delivers an exhilarating experience behind the wheel.

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