A 6-speed manual transmission is part of the product offering, as are carbon-fibre seats that would be both heated and ventilated.
Stay tuned this evening with more details on the two new Cadillac performance models. The end result is a hand-built engine that makes 668 hp and 893 Nm of torque, which is a huge advantage over the CT5-V's 360 hp and 549 Nm, and more than the CTS-V's 640 hp and 854 Nm.
Cadillac said the CT4 should be able to accelerate to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 189 mph, while the CT5 can do that sprint in 3.7 seconds on its way to a maximum velocity over 200 mph. At this price-point, it goes against rivals like Audi RS3 and the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45.
While automatic is less involving, it has a manual mode that enables drivers to shift via magnesium paddles.
The cars, of course, will have all sorts of other hardware to make them handle as stop as well as they accelerate, including a the latest fourth gen magnetic suspension technology, electronic LSD rear ends and very big brakes (with an optional carbon-ceramic package on the CT5). Among the modifications are "structural enhancements" including a shock tower brace, an underbody shear plate and a thicker rear cross member.
The performance features extend to the exterior as the CT4-V Blackwing has larger air intakes and unique mesh grille inserts.
Customers can also order a carbon fiber aerodynamic package that has been created to reduce lift on the track.
According to Cadillac, the CT5-V Blackwing has undergone extensive validation testing to ensure consistent performance on track, with the automatic variant being subjected to 24 hours of continuous track testing, while it's 12 hours with the manual transmission.
Forged aluminum, staggered-size wheels are standard on both models; on the CT4-V they measure 18 inches by 9 inches in the front and 18 inches by 9.5 inches in the rear, and on the CT5-V they measure 19 inches by 10 inches in the front and 19 inches by 11 inches in the rear. The seats have 18-way adjustability, heat ventilation, and lumbar massage, as well as available carbon fiber-accented racing seats on the CT5-V Blackwing. The display is configurable and has a Track screen with performance timers for 0-60 miles per hour (0-96 km/h) and quarter-mile acceleration - among other things. Other standard features include carbon fiber trim, a wireless smartphone charger, a 14 speaker AKG audio system, and an 8-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. The instrument cluster, for instance, has a 12-inch-diagonal high-definition show that features distinctive customizable efficiency settings such as a "track" display screen with efficiency timers for 0-to-60 MPH, quarter-mile acceleration and a lap timer. Inside, the steering wheel has a red 12 o'clock mark now, there is a Performance Traction Management switch and a V-Mode button.