2023 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing Track Editions – Cadillac recently revealed the Project GTP Hypercar, which will do battle in the IMSA Sportscar Championship starting at next year’s 24 Hours of Daytona, scrapping with a host of new endurance racers from a large field of factory-backed teams. But Cadillac has already been competing and succeeding in IMSA with the Cadillac DPi-V.R since 2017, racking up 28 wins and 84 podiums across multiple entries in 59 races. To celebrate its IMSA achievements, Cadillac is launching the 2023 CT4-V Blackwing Track Edition, with three different versions that each honor a different American road course that is part of the IMSA schedule.
The Sebring IMSA Edition celebrates the Twelve Hours of Sebring in Florida—which Cadillac won in 2021 and 2022—with a dark Maverick Noir Frost paint job, chosen because the race ends in the dead of night. This moody color is paired with Tech Bronze brake calipers and interior accents in either Signet or Sky Cool Gray. The Watkins Glen IMSA Edition has the same interior trim but is decked out in Electric Blue paint with Royal Blue brakes, calling to mind the light blue guardrails that mark the boundaries of the iconic track. The Road Atlanta IMSA Edition meanwhile features a Rift metallic paint job, said to emulate the “overall elevated environment of Road Atlanta” and “the sophistication of the city.” The interior comes with either Adrenaline Red or Sky Cool Gray accents, and the exterior adds Edge Red brakes, Radiant Red side mirrors, and a red pinstripe along the carbon fiber side skirt.
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Along with special colors, the Track Editions add the CT4’s two optional carbon fiber packages as standard, as well as the carbon-fiber front seatbacks. Either the standard six-speed manual transmission or the optional 10-speed automatic gearbox will be available, with manual cars receiving a 3D-printed medallion on the shift knob. Plaques on the B-pillar and the bottom of the steering wheel feature the serial number and verify the authenticity of the Track Edition, and a sill plate recounts Cadillac’s racing triumphs at each circuit. The vehicles also come with an IMSA logo on the front splitter and rear spoiler, a checkered graphic pattern on the hood and doors, and a track outline decal for each track on the rear quarter glass.
Only 99 examples of each Track Edition will be built. Production of the Watkins Glen version will run from October to December, with the production of the Sebring edition starting in January of 2023 and the Road Atlanta variant being built from February to March of next year. There’s no word yet on price, but we expect a sizable bump over the standard CT4-V Blackwing, which starts at $60,390. As of this writing, Cadillac hasn’t released official specs for the Track Editions. However, the preview image and Cadillac’s other teasers do reveal a few things. Firstly, the Track Editions wear carbon-fiber front splitters and rear spoilers. These appear to be the same ones from the CT4-V Blackwing’s Carbon Fiber 1 and 2 packages. Secondly, those splitters bear IMSA decals, as well as striping on the hoods and doors. And thirdly, each has its namesake track’s layout in decal form on its rear side window.
Because Cadillac says the Track Editions offer “unique interior packages, colors, and graphics,” they likely aren’t mechanically different than regular CT4-V Blackwings. As such, these packages are sort of like the Cadillac equivalent of the 2022 Corvette IMSA GTLM Championship Edition. But then, it’s not like a standard Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing is slow. This 472-hp RWD sports sedan went 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds in the Car and Driver’s hands, and that’s with a stick. Motor1’s automatic tester hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. And while the CT5-V Blackwing is faster still, the CT4-V is nimbler and more agile.
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There is something some might hope Cadillac puts on the Track Edition cars, though. When the Blackwings were still under wraps, Cadillac claimed they would offer optional lightweight magnesium wheels. Those wheels still aren’t available nearly two years later. But it’s hard to think of a more appropriate unveiling than on models that celebrate track performance. As of this writing, Cadillac hasn’t revealed how many CT4-V Blackwing Track Editions it will build. The brand’s preview images, though, describe their availability as “extremely limited.” However, we do know when you can get in line for one. Cadillac says the Track Edition order books will open on August 1st, 2022. And shortly before then, it will reveal these limited-edition sports sedans’ full specs.