The wind seems to be turning quietly for Cadillac. After the arrival of the new Escalade and the CT4 and CT5 sedans, the time has come for performance!
While Cadillac, like the other brands of the General Motors group, affirms that its future is electric, the manufacturer today presents two flagship products that are supposed to position the brand as a real alternative to German hegemony for years to come: CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing.
The CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing are the heirs of the ATS-V and CTS-V, which are supposed to compete with the BMW M3 and BMW M5 of this world, nothing less. While the CT4-V and CT5-V are more of a mid-range version, the Blackwings become Cadillac’s true performance monsters.
Will the “black wings” be able to compete with the German tenors? Everything suggests that we will finally be entitled to a little competition!
It’s not that the Cadillacs of the past weren’t good, but they lacked a little something. This little something can be found in the basic CT4 and CT5. Between a BMW 3 Series and a Cadillac CT4, there is now a real hesitation. Imagine what happens with big engines …
We learn that the new CT4-V Blackwing will be powered by a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 with 472 horsepower and 459 lb-ft of torque. The Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, for its part, will be treated to a hand-assembled 6.2-liter supercharged V8, producing 668 horsepower and 659 lb-ft of torque.
Rumors launched last week suggested respective powers of 450 and 650 horsepower. Cadillac has skilfully managed to exceed the already very high expectations in this area!
In either case, power will be sent to the rear wheels using a 10-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual transmission. Purists will certainly be delighted with this last feature!
You will have noticed that these are the same engines that were used in the ATS-V and CTS-V, discontinued a few years ago.
No all-wheel drive
Rumors of an all-wheel drive have been around for a while, and Cadillac admits to having flirted with the idea, and even tested the thing.
Having said that, we’re told the CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing weren’t any faster with all-wheel drive, and the Cadillac folks are adamant, if anything ends up in these cars, it’s because that helps to improve their performance on the track. You see, the idea behind the Blackwings is to offer track cars that are comfortable and civilized enough to be enjoyable on a daily basis.
Part of the miracle will be a new generation of General Motors’ magnetic suspension, similar to that of the Corvette, or even high-end SUVs from General Motors. This suspension is able to adjust several times per second in order to maximize grip and comfort depending on the quality of the coating.
Mechanically, therefore, we can say that it is in the box! For the rest, if we are entitled to the same level of finish, quality of materials, and driving feel as in the “ordinary” V models, we can predict great success for these two performance sedans.
The Blackwing CT4-V and CT5-V will be available later in the year as 2022 models, starting at $ 67,198 and $ 89,898, respectively.
In video: Antoine Joubert presents the 2021 Cadillac CT5-V