We now know that the 2021 Cadillac CT4-V isn’t the efficiency pinnacle of the road – that may be the 472-horsepower Blackwing. As it’s, all of the outrage spewed within the path of Cadillac when it introduced the once-great CT4-V was being downgraded to extra pedestrian ranges was in the end a lot ado about nothing. Nonetheless, there is a kernel of fact to the notion that the brand new CT4-V (or CT4 V-Sequence as it is also recognized) simply does not go far sufficient – or extra precisely, the hole between it and the supposedly lesser CT4 Premium Luxurious trim is surprisingly small.
After driving the CT4 Premium Luxury with the optional 2.7-liter “450T” engine, I wrote right here on Autoblog, “It is legitimately enjoyable. You’ll be able to really feel the immense power of the chassis, in addition to the impeccable suspension tuning when hustling the automotive alongside. You additionally simply really feel issues. There appears to be much less cushion and fewer 1‘s and 0’s between you and the automotive in comparison with different sport sedans like the BMW 3 Series and new Acura TLX. The steering has so much to do with it: constantly weighted, no matter drive mode, with out an excessive amount of speed-based adjustment, and real suggestions filtered via the steering wheel. On the similar time, the CT4 appears much more grown up and complicated in its engineering than the varied front-drivers it competes with on worth.”
After driving the CT4-V 5 months later, I wrote some notes on my pc. I later found they had been nearly similar in total impression to what’s pasted above. It was like I had pushed the identical automotive twice. The ensuing conclusion: I might actually have to exuberantly drive them again to again to note a distinction, particularly as each automobiles had all-wheel drive. Even then, perhaps not. It is completely believable that many will not even discover a distinction in any respect.
The all-wheel-drive level is essential, nevertheless, as a result of it means this CT4-V didn’t have the rear-drive model’s Magnetic Trip Management 4.0 that at all times does wonders for a automotive’s experience and dealing with. Possibly it will accomplish that once more right here, however it’s not just like the CT4’s experience or dealing with, no matter taste, wants a lot assist. Very like the Premium Luxurious 450T, the AWD CT4-V’s fastened “efficiency” suspension supplies a terrific stability of reaching a fast-attack tempo within the mountains whereas not beating you up all over the place else. It absorbs bumps properly and is neither crashy nor harsh. In different phrases, I did not miss Magnetic Trip Management.
What concerning the V’s Brembo entrance brakes and mechanical limited-slip differential, that are added no matter drivetrain? Once more, maybe a back-to-back drive would make a distinction, however nothing about both aspect essentially appeared to enhance the driving expertise or change the general impression of the CT4 as an excellent sport sedan. You’d additionally should drive so much tougher than would usually be applicable on a public mountain street.
How about what’s underneath the hood? This could in all probability be the least shocking conclusion since even on paper the CT4 Luxurious and its $2,500 “450T” 2.7-liter engine choice quit little to the V’s personal 2.7-liter. The 450T has 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque; the V has 325 hp and 380 lb-ft. Not insignificant, however we’re speaking about slathering extra upon extra right here. Each outputs are enormous quantities for such a small sedan. According to Motor Week, which has 0-60 examined each automobiles, the V’s 4.8-second time is just 0.3 faster than the 450T.
That certain feels proper to me. The 2 carry out and really feel extremely related, for higher and for worse. Whereas the V has loads of low-end grunt, there actually is not a lot up excessive, leading to a automotive that looks as if it needs to be faster than it’s. Whereas my lukewarm response to the CT4-V has up to now actually been a testomony to how good the supposedly lesser Premium Luxurious is, right here it is a matter of the two.7-liter simply not coming throughout as a efficiency engine no matter its state of tune. Apart from its energy supply, it additionally sounds gravelly and suffers from the identical whistling from the turbocharger’s wastegate that is simply as bizarre and distracting in the Chevy Silverado.
The powertrain complaints finish there (and we choose up my earlier theme once more) because the CT4-V has the identical distinctive 10-speed automated transmission as the remainder of the CT4 lineup. When Sport mode is engaged, it routinely clues into you driving aggressively and truly engages an extra efficiency setting (there’s an alert that pops up within the IP). This bonus Sport mode leaves itself in a decrease gear, retains revs excessive and eagerly downshifts when braking into turns. This cog-swapping intelligence is on par with a number of the greatest automated guide transmissions, if in the end falling in need of their cog-swapping speeds. It is so good, I by no means as soon as contemplated utilizing the included paddle shifters. If solely our long-term Acura TLX’s 10-speed had been this good.
Aesthetically, the case can actually be made that the CT4-V’s shiny black trim is extra trendy and visually interesting than the brightwork discovered on the CT4 Premium Luxurious (above proper). I suppose a distinct case might be made that if any model can pull off brightwork, it is the one which produced this. Inside, there are few variations aside from the V button on the steering wheel (it engages an admittedly appreciated customized drive setting) and completely different coloration decisions. Amongst these are my V check automotive’s pretty Sangria crimson leather-based and my Luxurious check automotive’s good-looking Cinnamon beige leather-based.
So what concerning the worth distinction? The Premium Luxurious 2.7 AWD in query had extra consolation and comfort tools, so once I utilized the identical gadgets to the CT4-V AWD, the distinction got here out to $49,665 vs. $53,465. That works out to $3,800 for efficiency upgrades you in all probability will not discover (particularly contemplating the AWD does not have the magnetic dampers), however it’s additionally not that outrageous. A lot of shopping for a luxurious sport sedan is about what it can do relatively than what you may really do with it. In that spirit, getting additional energy, higher brakes, a limited-slip diff and, with rear-wheel drive, the magnetic dampers for $3,800 is comparatively affordable. Porsche or BMW would in all probability cost you $8,000 for all that.
In the end, we should always by no means complain a couple of automotive firm providing its clients a large diploma of alternative. Cadillac does simply that with the 2021 CT4. Utilizing the title “CT4 V-Sequence” might be the extra applicable time period, however both manner, the automotive with out query supplies extra of a efficiency enhancement than the Acura TLX A-Spec or older M Sport BMWs and S Line Audis. Simply do not assume that you must get the CT4 with the V on the trunk with a purpose to get an distinctive sport sedan.