Cadillac has been busy preparing its V-Series Blackwing cars. Serving as the capstone of the V-Series badge, the CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing cars will be the pinnacle of performance. However, Cadillac has been quiet about the Blackwing cars, aside from confirming an optional six-speed manual gearbox in both. Fortunately, Cadillac has accidentally leaked most of the Blackwing details.
By posting the order guides for both 2022 Blackwing cars, there’s little left to the imagination. The order guides are confirming the engine selections for both sedans, including all of the standard and optional equipment. GM has even included some interesting details, like how the CT5-V Blackwing will be the fastest V-Series car ever. Now lets get to the good stuff.
2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing
According to the order guides, Cadillac will be relying on a familiar powertrain for the CT4-V Blackwing. Specifically, it will be powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6. That should ring a bell to Cadillac enthusiasts, as it’s the same engine that powered the ATS-V. The CT4-V Blackwing is showing the same LF4 RPO code that the ATS-V utilized. Unfortunately, power ratings are not listed for the CT4-V. The ATS-V was rated at 464 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque, so it’s safe to assume the CT4-V Blackwing will be close to those figures. Cadillac documents confirm the car will have a top speed of 189 mph and go from zero to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. The ATS-V was around a 4.0 second car, so a 3.8 sprint is somewhat expected with a more modern automatic.
As Cadillac has already announced, the CT4-V Blackwing will offer two transmission options. The standard transmission will be a six-speed manual, while a 10-speed automatic will remain optional. Of course, the Blackwing cars will have GM’s FE4 performance suspension setup standard, along with an electronic limited slip differential. Brembo brakes, a rear differential cooler and launch control are also found on the standard feature list of the CT4-V Blackwing.
From a design perspective, CT4-V Blackwing buyers will have the option of two different carbon fiber exterior appearance packages. Cadillac is also offering optional magnesium wheels.
2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing
Much like the CT4-V Blackwing, its CT5-V counterpart has a familiar engine under the hood. Cadillac will leverage a hand-built supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 to power the CT5-V Blackwing. It is the same LT4 V-8 that powered the CTS-V for which the CT5 replaces. In this case, GM says the CT5-V Blackwing will have the fastest track time of any V-Series car ever. Adding to it, Cadillac claims it will go zero to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 200 mph.
Sadly, like the CT4-V, the exact power output of the beastly LT4 V-8 is not published. Cadillac has a note that the CT5-V Blackwing will have the highest output rating of any Cadillac ever. Given the CTS-V carried the title at 640 horsepower with the same engine, we can confidently say it will be rated higher than 640. The power will flow through a six-speed manual or optional 10-speed automatic.
Also like its Blackwing brethren, CT5-V will feature FE4 performance suspension, launch control, rear differential cooler and Brembo brakes standard. One area of differentiation between the two cars is the fact that CT5-V Blackwing buyers will have the option to upgrade to cross-drilled carbon ceramic brakes at all four corners.
CT5-V Blackwing buyers will also have the choice to add carbon fiber accents to the car’s exterior.
Reclaiming V-Series Glory
Since launching the more modest CT4-V and CT5-V Cadillac has been promising beefier performance variants. If the spec sheets of the Blackwing cars are any indication, it appears the V-Series badge will once again mean serious performance. Although we’re still scratching our heads a bit when it comes to the Blackwing name given the fact neither Blackwing car will actually be powered by Cadillac’s Blackwing V-8. Then again, it wouldn’t be GM if it made total sense.