The Cadillac Motor Car Division of Detroit-based General Motors Co. has revealed its 2022 CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing high-performance sedans, which are descended from the brand’s racing-derived V-Series legacy.
“As the ultimate performance versions of our V-Series lineup, the prime directive for their designs was to maintain authenticity and integrity, while also raising the bar,” says Andrew Smith, executive director of global Cadillac design. “Everything new and unique on these vehicles was only included if it served a functional purpose, while simultaneously creating a powerful signature look.”
Highlights include detailed primary and secondary grilles, rear spoiler, front splitter, mid-body panels, rear diffuser, fender vents, and rocker extensions, full LED exterior lighting, underbody panels that support drag reduction, and Brembo brake calipers available in grey, blue, red, and bronze.
Also available is a wind tunnel-tested carbon fiber package that reduces lift on a track, compared to the standard aero package, including a 214 percent reduction on lift on the CT4-V Blackwing.
“The openings in the grilles are larger in order to direct airflow to the multiple radiators, as well as the brakes,” says Josh Thurber, exterior design manager for Cadillac. “It’s all functional and it contributes to a purposeful, racing-inspired look for both cars.”
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.
Interior features include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, wireless phone charging, and standard surround vision with recording, head-up display, and more. 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 steering wheel has carbon fiber accents and magnesium shift paddles, available with 10-speed automatic transmission, and performance traction management control. There is also a six-speed manual transmission available.
The AKG audio system has 14 speakers for the CT4-V and 15 speakers for the CT5-V.
Reservations for both vehicles opened Monday at 7:30 p.m. on Cadillac.com, with deliveries set for this summer. Pricing begins at $59,990 for the CT4-V Blackwing and $84,990 for the CT5-Blackwing.