The Cadillac brand of General Motors Co. in Detroit has released the two fastest production models in its history, the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing, on sale now with starting prices of $59,990 and $84,990, respectively.
“Driving is always a blend of the quantifiable and the subjective, and in both regards, the new CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing deliver like few other luxury sport sedans,” says Mirza Grebovic, performance variant manager at Cadillac. “They’ve got the numbers to stand with the world’s best, but they also transcend the stopwatch with the sort of satisfying driver experience that cannot be defined by lap times alone.”
The CT4-V Blackwing is the fastest Cadillac sub-compact, posting a 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds with an automatic transmission and 4.1 seconds with a manual transmission. It reached a top racetrack speed of 189 mph and earned a quarter mile time of 12.14 seconds.
The CT5-V Blackwing is faster and more powerful, posting a track speed of faster than 200 mph. The 0-60 mph time was 3.4 seconds with an automatic transmission and 3.6 seconds with a manual transmission. Its quarter mile time was 11.3 seconds, reaching 129 mph.
To achieve this speed, the CT5-V uses an upgraded and hand-assembled 6.3L supercharged V-8 engine rated at 668 horsepower and 659 lb.-ft. of torque. The CT4-V has an evolution of the Cadillac 3.6L twin-turbo V-6 engine under the hood, providing 472 horsepower and 445 lb.-ft. of torque. The turbo’s low-inertia turbine wheels enable more precise and responsive application of the torque.
Each model is offered with a standard six-speed manual gearbox or an available 10-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission.
“For nearly two decades, enthusiasts have told us how important it is to have the control of a manual gearbox in their performance sedan,” says Grebovic. “The ability to choose the driving experience they want is a luxury in and of itself, allowing them to feel more connected with the vehicle.”
The first 250 builds of each vehicle sold out in minutes. These collector editions are being celebrated, along with those who built them, with two collector plates on the sills and B-pillars. Each sill plate features the signature of a team member who worked on the V-series, and B-pillar plate will correspond to the number of the serialized performance steering wheel in each car.
Both models also feature advanced high-performance braking systems that have been extensively track- and road-tested, with the CT5-V Blackwing featuring the largest factory-installed brakes in Cadillac history, along with an available lightweight carbon-ceramic brake package offering weight savings, durability, and heat management.
The V-Series Blackwings also offer a variety of additional technology, including:
- Three premium interior choices with unique trim, appoints, and technologies.
- An 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen is standard on the CT4-V Blackwing and a 10-inch-diagonal color touchscreen is standard on the CT5-V Blackwing.
- Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, along with wireless charging.
- AKG premium audio systems with 15 speakers integrated within the CT4-V Blackwing and 16 speakers within the CT5-V Blackwing.
- Available second-generation performance data recorder.
- High-performance steering wheel with carbon fiber accents on the CT4-V Blackwing.
- Surround vision with recording and head-up display on the CT5-V Blackwing.
- Available carbon fiber-accented racing seats on the CT5-V Blackwing.
While the first 250 sold out, the remaining 2022 CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing are available now on a limited basis.