The idea of associating pure performance with the Cadillac brand is not new. The influential CTS-V, born in 2003, has expressed it eloquently throughout her career. Last week, the manufacturer presented the last two representatives from this creation, the CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing. During an era where electrification and autonomous driving occupy the forefront of manufacturer promises, Cadillac has chosen to row against the tide by refining the concept of the traditional high performance sedan.
PHOTO PROVIDED BY CADILLAC The interior of the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing in manual gearbox version In the hierarchical order, everything begins with the CT4-V Blackwing which gets a reworked version of the 3.6 L twin-turbo V6 from the old ATS-V. Employing lower inertia turbochargers as well as reworked mapping and air intake, power in its case climbs to 472 hp and 445 lb-ft of torque. The engine is either driven by a six-speed manual gearbox with speed synchronization or a 10-speed automatic transmission. The CT5-V Blackwing is the logical evolution of the impressive CTS-V. The mid-size sedan therefore continues in the same vein, drawing its immense resources from a 6.2 L V8 topped with a 1.7 L supercharger. The power here reaches 678 hp and the torque is 659 lb- pi. To the delight of fans of the genre, a six-speed manual transmission is served, making this CT5-V Blackwing the only car in its segment to make use of it. It also has an optional automatic transmission (10 gears). Tailored for the track To ensure efficiency, but also to make the experience more tactile, Cadillac claims to have focused a lot of effort on the refinement of its chassis and the durability of the components for long sessions on the track. To ensure more grip, the rear-wheel-drive architecture receives the contribution of an electronic limited-slip rear differential that constantly redistributes torque between the two rear wheels by constantly analyzing various data.
PHOTO PROVIDED BY CADILLAC Rear view of the Cadillac CT5-V and CT4-V Blackwing In addition to benefiting from improvements in terms of rigidity, these Cadillacs are equipped with the latest generation of electromagnetic shock absorbers from Cadillac (MR 4.0 ). It is claimed to be the fastest responsive system in the world, allowing for continuous adjustment of damping behavior. Braking is also not left out with large front discs pinched by Brembo six-piston calipers for both models and a carbon-ceramic option for the CT5-V Blackwing. The CT4-V Blackwing will have a starting price of $ 65,098 while the CT5-V Blackwing will be offered at $ 87,798, a competitive position expected to be released next summer.