Cadillac CT4-V & CT5-V Blackwing drop disguise

Ruben Fields
February 3, 2021

Even with out the high-performance Blackwing engine that powered the defunct Cadillac CT6, the 2022 CT5 V-Series Blackwing is the most powerful vehicle the posh model has ever constructed, Cadillac says.

Cadillac has officially launched the new CT5-V Blackwing, which is the proper follow-up to the CTS-V that it offered a few years ago.

Stay tuned this evening with more details on the two new Cadillac performance models.

Some luxury vehicle lovers may be sad that Cadillac is saying goodbye to its gas-powered V-Series cars, but the marque is at least making sure it goes out with a bang. All that extra oomph pairs with either a six-speed manual transmission or a 10-speed automatic, with power sent to the rear wheels. That's an increase of 8 hp (6 kW / 8 PS) and it enables the model to accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour (0-96 km/h) in approximately 3.8 seconds.

The ongoing 2.7-litre four-cylinder turbocharged mill is replaced by ATS-V's 3.6-litre twin-turbo V6 power plant.

"V-Series Blackwing stands for the very highest level of execution from Cadillac and offers a distinctly American vision of performance: incredible power and luxurious craftsmanship, with absolutely zero compromise", said Brandon Vivian, executive chief engineer, Cadillac. All new makes and models and all current promotions.

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A functional carbon-fibre aerodynamics package can be had as an option (pictured on the red CT4-V Blackwing in this story), reducing lift by 214 per cent on the CT4, and 75 per cent on the CT5.

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 big brakes (with an optional carbon-ceramic package on the CT5). Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires measuring 275/35ZR19 in the front and 305/30ZR19 out back put the power to the ground. We do already know that Cadillac will be able to boast of having the world's fastest suspension in terms of responsiveness.

Under the skin, both cars employ the latest (fourth) generation of GM's MagneRide magnetically-controlled adaptive dampers, reportedly rated to track-capable "FE4" standards. The entirety of this new suspension system is the ultimate combination of ride quality and road handling, all at the push of a button. Brakes are big, too, and each auto has six-piston front and four-piston rear Brembo brake calipers. Both the CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing models also get an electronic limited-slip rear differential. The front rotors measure 15.67-inches in diameter by 1.42 inches thick while the rear discs are 14.7 by 1.1.

The carbon fibre aero package comes optional and includes a massive spoiler, all-around skirting, and front flics, thus reducing lift by nearly 214 percent. We can expect that, when loaded-up, the Blackwing will be the most well-appointed package in the lineup with a price to boot.

Of course, the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing will come with a long list of standard and optional premium interior features, including competition-style seats and loads of high end technology.

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