Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Spied!
Cadillac's CT5-V Blackwing was caught out testing on public roads, and we've got all the details!
Cadillac's CT5-V Blackwing was caught testing on public roads last week. Cadillac's latest sport sedans have been without a proper performance model since the CTS-V and ATS-V went out of production last year. While the CT5-V and CT4-V are both competitive against their German and Japanese rivals, they don't have the power to compete with the high-performance models from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Luckily, that's about to change, as these photos show that the CT5-V Blackwing is nearly production ready.
In fact, it looks like the only component left to keep under wraps is the body kit. Standard upgrades like the larger intakes and vents will be mated with Cadillac's mesh grille design to create a package that is as aggressive as it is elegant.
A sports sedan needs to have power though, it can't be all show and no go, and Cadillac plans on giving the CT5-V Blackwing plenty of go, courtesy of GM's LT4, 650-horsepower, 6.2-liter supercharged V8. Cadillac said that the Blackwing V8, that appeared exclusively in the CT6-V, is not capable of fitting under the hood. While it's a waste of a bunch of money and development, the Blackwing V8 made less horsepower and less torque than the LT4, so I'm not too bothered that we won't be seeing it in the CT5-V Blackwing.
What we do know is that the CT5-V Blackwing will come with a manual transmission, which is rare considering sports sedans are continuing to move toward dual-clutch automatics. I find this particularly interesting because Cadillac doesn't offer the normal CT5 with a manual. Cadillac knows that enthusiasts will be putting one of these fire-breathing barges in their driveway, so it makes sense to give enthusiasts what they want, what a concept.
I think the CT5-V Blackwing is going to be a great car. I have no reason not believe that, Cadillac's V-Series models have always been stellar, and the introduction of a new name is only going to help Cadillac pivot their high-performance vehicles towards the future. It will be interesting to see how long the CT5 and CT4 stick around as well. With the Lyriq on the horizon, who knows if we will see another name change throughout the run of Cadilac's new sport sedans. Only time will tell, and I will be waiting with bated breath.
What do you think of the CT5-V Blackwing so far? Will it have what it takes to show the Germans who's the boss? Comment Below!