Cadillac Introduces CT4-V Blackwing Track Editions

cadillac introduces ct4 v blackwing track editions

As a luxury brand, Cadillac doesn't have the same racing pedigree as other manufacturers that spent a considerable amount of their time at the track during the latter half of the 20th century. But the American brand hasn't ignored motorsports in the subsequent millennia and deserves some real credit for fielding — and winning with — models like the CTS-V.R Coupe (Pirelli World Challenge GT series), ATS-V.R (GT3), and DPi-V.R (Rolex 24 at Daytona, WeatherTech Championship, Michelin Endurance Cup).

Cadillac would like to remind everyone of that fact and has introduced the GTP Hypercar as the keystone of its next attempt to embarrass rival manufacturers on the world racing stage — which will reportedly include the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The 2023 CT4-V Blackwing Track Edition, intended for regular customers, is the other part of that equation. To be offered in three flavors, each honoring a different course on the International Motor Sports Associations (IMSA) schedule, the models will exist as a kind of purchasable victory lap.

However, none of the "Track Edition" Caddies seem to offer any upgrades that might make them more useful on one. These are appearance packages designed to make the CT4-V Blackwing more collectible. The twin-turbocharged, 3.6-liter V6 will continue offering 472 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque without the aid of any slick new oil coolers, engine remapping, suspension tweaks, or anything else you might expect from a vehicle with the words "Track Edition" added to its name.

The Watkins Glen IMSA Edition comes exclusively in Electric Blue with Royal Blue brake calipers and the ability to choose between Signet or Sky Cool Gray for the interior. Cadillac said the hues were chosen to remind drivers of the blue guardrails used at the track. As a potential bonus, there's a very small chance scratches might not show as badly if you were ever forced to scrape this particular model against them.

The Sebring IMSA Edition celebrates Florida's 12 Hours of Sebring, where Cadillac enjoyed victory in both 2020 and 2021. It comes in the Maverick Noir Frost (dark gray) paint that already replaced Dark Emerald on the options list and comes with bronzed brake calipers. Interior colors are likewise offered in Signet or Sky Cool Gray. This time around the colors (or lack thereof) came into play because part of the race takes place at nighttime, which is something that could be said of most endurance-focused events. Cadillac might have well made it orange and purple, claiming it was because the sun sets during Sebring.

Lastly, there's the Road Atlanta IMSA Edition — coming in Rift Metallic also known by color code GRW and touch-up code WA-249F. But you probably remember it best as Cadillac's fancy alternative to Summit White. The company said the color had something to do with Atlanta being a "sophisticated" city and the "elevated environment" of the track itself. I suppose that makes some sense. Road Atlanta is known for changes in elevation (mainly the fast downhill at turn 10) and it definitely sits a little closer to the stratosphere than the other tracks. But I'm pretty sure Watkins Glen actually has more up and down overall and don't really think the leadership at Cadillac was obsessing over the true relevance of paint colors, to begin with.

The last Track Edition Blackwing also comes with red brakes, mirrors, and the option to have matching interior if you don't like the Sky Cool Gray which seems to be the default choice.

Additional touches for all cars include combining the optional carbon fiber packages available on the standard CT4-V, checkered graphics designed to hint at Cadillac's racing heritage these cars aren't technically a part of, some exterior IMSA logos, and more carbon fiber added to the back of the front seats.

There will also be a small plaque on the B-pillar and steering wheel further denoting the vehicles' uniqueness. As the Track Editions are said to be limited to just 99 examples apiece, these will all be serialized to tell you which number you happen to have taken possession of (ideally, you'll want number 69). There's even a decal of the given track each model is honoring that goes on the rear glass.

It's kind of a cool concept. But it would be substantially cooler if these vehicles were made a little more track-ready or uniquely tuned for their respective courses. The checkered graphics also feel like a low-key version of the tasteless decals offered up by the earliest Fast and Furious movies — something the tuners that actually developed those cars were reportedly against. But maybe customers will feel that they're just that little bit of extra panache the CT4-V needed.

Production of the Watkins Glen version will begin in October and run through December, with assembly of the Sebring edition starting in January of 2023. Road Atlanta will pick up where that model leaves off, running from February to March of 2023. Pricing is TBA, though it would be crazy to expect these limited-edition cars not to be priced a fair bit above the standard Blackwing's $60,300 MSRP. Dealer markups are likely to become a factor as well unless the models are outright shunned by Cadillac fans.

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  • Redapple2 Redapple2 on Jul 27, 2022

    Fine cars I m sure. CT 5V are the right size for me tho.

    But as Freed says, nobody is buying cars.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy 3 days ago

    Cadillac should make a list of everyone who gets excited by this announcement, and never listen to those people again.

  • Bunkie I so wanted to love this car back in the day. At the time I owned a GT6+ and I was looking for something more modern. But, as they say, this car had *issues*. The first of which was the very high price premium for the V8. It was a several thousand dollar premium over the TR-7. The second was the absolutely awful fuel economy. That put me off the car and I bought a new RX-7 which, despite the thirsty rotary, still got better mileage and didn’t require premium fuel. I guess I wasn’t the only one who had this reaction because, two years later, I test-drove a leftover that had a $2,000 price cut. I don’t remember being impressed, the RX-7 had spoiled me with how easy it was to own. The TR-8 didn’t feel quick to me and it felt heavy. The first-gen RX was more in line with the idea of a light car that punched above its weight. I parted ways with both the GT6+ and the RX7 and, to this day, I miss them both.
  • Fred Where you going to build it? Even in Texas near Cat Springs they wanted to put up a country club for sport cars. People complained, mostly rich people who had weekend hobby farms. They said the noise would scare their cows. So they ended up in Dickinson, where they were more eager for development of any kind.
  • MaintenanceCosts I like the styling of this car inside and out, but not any of the powertrains. Give it the 4xe powertrain - or, better yet, a version of that powertrain with the 6-cylinder Hurricane - and I'd be very interested.
  • Daniel J I believe anyone, at any level, should get paid as much as the market will bear. Why should CEOs have capped salaries or compensation but middle management shouldn't? If companies support poor CEOs and poor CEOs keep getting rewarded, it's up to the consumer and investors to force that company to either get a better CEO or to reduce the salary of that CEO. What I find hilarious is that consumers will continue to support companies where the pay for the CEOs is very high. And the same people complain. I stopped buying from Amazon during the pandemic. Everyone happily buys from them but the CEO makes bank. Same way with Walmart and many other retailers. Tim Cook got 100m in compensation last year yet people line up to buy Iphones. People who complain and still buy the products must not really care that much.
  • TDIGuy Glad to see this discussion come up just as my Facebook is being flooded with ads for a race track event coming up near Toronto. Seems to be billed as a chance to see a lot of exotic cars, but also watch various categories of cars on the race track. This is the kind of event that might generate some interest in getting on the track.Sorry for lack of detail, but I'm not doing this in attempt to spam, but more to show there are attempts being made to increase interest. That said, someone made the point that there are less and less people out there with something that could be driven on a race track (i.e. a car), so it does leave it to the grass roots type of racers to keep this going.