Cadillac has fully revealed the latest iteration of its V-Series performance badge. The 2022 CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing models mark a new era for the V-Series badge, but it is one that is sprinkled with familiarity.
Launching back on the 2004 CTS-V, the V-Series badge has become a respected moniker. Part of that respect has been earned from Cadillac’s near religious consistency at ensuring anything with a V badge is a true performance vehicle. It’s a product strategy they borrowed from the likes of Mercedes-AMG and BMW M-Series. Of course, in recent years Cadillac has continued following the German’s strategy.
With the launch of the CT4 and CT5 sedans Cadillac started to evolve the V-Series badge. They launched CT4-V and CT5-V models that were not track-ready performance machines. It’s a playbook straight from the German’s, who have also diluted their performance badges on lesser models over the years. Purists did not take kindly to Cadillac’s newfound liberalness of the V badge.
Now, enter Blackwing. The CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing cars are picking up where V-Series left off. Both are near direct descendants of the ATS-V and CTS-V, respectively. In fact, the strategy behind both performance sedans is nearly a carbon copy of what V-Series had become until late, which is probably a good thing.
The Most Track-Capable Caddies Ever
Cadillac is saying the Blackwing cars will be the most track-capable V-Series cars ever. Given both sedans are based on a newer iteration of GM’s Alpha architecture, we’re inclined to believe the hype. Alpha is one of the architectures at GM that seems to get better with every new variant.
Holding both sedans up is the latest generation of GM’s Magnetic Ride Control suspension system. This FE4-grade setup is backed with a new, more powerful controller, making it the fastest-reacting suspension on the market. GM says the system can react 1,000 times every second. A standard electronic limited slip differential and rear differential cooler also add to the track-worthiness of the two sedans.
Resting at the end of this suspension system is a set of standard Brembo brakes on both sedans. The CT4-V grinds 14.96-inch rotors in the front and 13.4-inch in the back. CT5-V increases those to 15.67-inch up front, 14.7-inch in the back. CT5-V buyers will also have the choice to opt for cross-drilled carbon ceramic rotors. Both cars cover those rotors up with unique wheel designs, including optional forged-magnesium wheels.
Putting Down The Power
While the V-Series sedans at Cadillac dealerships today don’t dazzle with power, these Blackwing versions will. At the heart of both are two familiar powertrains, albeit enhanced for 2022 vehicles. The CT4-V is powered by GM’s 3.6-liter V-6 with two turbochargers. If a boosted V-6 isn’t enough, the CT5-V Blackwing will not disappoint with its supercharged 6.2-liter Small Block V-8.
Known in the GM world as the LF4, the CT4-V’s engine should sound familiar. The ATS-V was also powered by the LF4, only in this application the engine is generating 472 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. Cadillac says the CT4-V Blackwing will spring from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 189 mph. No word yet on fuel economy, but we doubt any potential buyers really care.
Moving over to the CT5-V, it too features a familiar engine under the hood. Known as the LT4 V-8, this beastly sedan will generate 668 horsepower and 659 pound-feet of torque. This means it has 18 horsepower over the previous CTS-V, making it the most-powerful V-Series car ever. Given it’s the most-powerful V car, it should not be a surprise to hear it is the fastest as well. Cadillac says this Blackwing car will sprint to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 200 mph. The LT4 will be hand-built at GM’s Bowling Green, Kentucky plant.
Both Blackwing sedans will be offered with a standard six-speed manual. A row-your-own option is noteworthy given most of the German competitors have completely ditched the option. It’s also notable that the last-generation CTS-V did not even offer a manual option. For those (most) buyers wanting an automatic, GM’s 10-speed auto is on the option list for both sedans.
Both Blackwing cars also feature the pinnacle of materials. Higher-end variants will feature Mulan and Opus Semi-Aniline leather seating. The fancy leather pairs with sueded-microfiber accents, such as the headliner to create a very luxurious space. All iterations of the Blackwing cars will feature carbon fiber interior accents. Cadillac is even offering optional red seatbelts.
Additionally, Blackwing cars feature a 12-inch HD gauge cluster display unique to V-Series. True enthusiasts will even be able to record their track experiences with an optional on-board Performance Data Recorder. Because after all, these Caddies are very track-ready.
Both Blackwing sedans will slide into Cadillac showrooms this summer. The 2022 CT4-V Blackwing will start at $59,990 while the CT5-V Blackwing will start at $84,990.
2022 Cadillac V-Series Blackwing Engine Specifications
|2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing||2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing|
|Engine||Twin-Turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 (LF4)||Supercharged 6.2-liter V8 (LT4)|
|Horsepower||472 hp||668 hp|
|Torque||445 lb-ft||659 lb-ft|
|Transmission(s)||Six-Speed Manual |
10-speed Hydra-Matic Automatic
10-speed Hydra-Matic Automatic