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Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing, Two of the Most Powerful Cadillacs Ever

By: Cadillac | Photos Courtesy of: Cadillac

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The 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing and CT4-V Blackwing represent the pinnacle of Cadillac performance and craftsmanship, leveraging championship-winning racing heritage to create the most track-capable Cadillacs ever, while continuing to set new standards for luxury and comfort.

Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing
Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing

Leveraging a Cadillac racing history that began in 1949 and has seen sustained success over the last two decades, the V-Series Blackwing models were developed with driver engagement and performance at the top of mind.

Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing
Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing

“V-Series Blackwing stands for the very highest level of execution from Cadillac and offers a distinctly American vision of performance: incredible power and luxurious craftsmanship, with absolutely zero compromise,” said Brandon Vivian, executive chief engineer, Cadillac. “We looked to our championship-winning racing heritage and brought an uncompromising eye for detail to create two cars that elevate the V-Series experience.”

Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing
Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing

V-Series Blackwing vehicles build on the already excellent performance dynamics of the CT5-V and CT4-V to create the top tier of the Cadillac sedan lineup.

Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing
Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

Highlights include:

  • Evolutions of the track-ready Cadillac 6.2L Supercharged V8 in the CT5-V Blackwing and 3.6L Twin-Turbo V6 in the CT4-V Blackwing
  • Upgraded TREMEC six-speed manual transmission standard
  • Available 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Electronic Limited Slip Rear Differential enhanced to reduce mass and improve on-track reliability
  • Advanced suspension refinements providing greater body control and a more agile feel
  • Magnetic Ride Control 4.0, the world’s fastest reacting suspension technology, sharpening the balance between daily-driving comfort and high-performance track capability
  • Unique structural enhancements improving steering response and handling on the track
  • Cadillac’s largest ever factory-installed brakes, available on the CT5-V Blackwing
  • Extensive validation including 12-hour and 24-hour track testing
  • Customizable integrated digital gauge cluster with Custom Launch Control and Performance Traction Management settings
Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing
Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

Liberating performance
The CT5-V Blackwing uses an upgraded 6.2L supercharged V8 that, thanks to a higher flow air-intake and revised exhaust system, is rated at 668 horsepower (498 kW) and 659 lb-ft of torque (893 Nm), making it the most powerful production Cadillac ever. Each engine is hand-built at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly facility in Kentucky and features a signed engine builder’s plate.

Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing
Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

The CT4-V Blackwing sports an evolution of the Cadillac 3.6L Twin-Turbo V6 that features revised control system software and an improved air intake system to create 472 horsepower (352 kW) and 445 lb-ft of torque (603 Nm). The turbos’ low-inertia (titanium-aluminide) turbine wheels enable more precise and responsive application of torque throughout the rev range.

Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing
Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

All-day performance, on and off the track
The CT5-V Blackwing and CT4-V Blackwing build on Cadillac’s racing heritage and were developed to be track-capable straight from the factory. That includes an intensive validation program to ensure consistent performance during the most challenging track conditions.

Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing
Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing

Validation for both models included:

  • Twenty-four-hour continuous track testing with the available automatic transmission, available carbon fiber aero package, aluminum wheels and available carbon ceramic brake package
  • Twelve-hour continuous track testing with the standard manual transmission, available carbon fiber aero package, aluminum wheels and available carbon ceramic brake package

Functional aerodynamics, including an available carbon fiber aero package, contribute to the V-Series Blackwing models’ track prowess to support a variety of cooling needs for the cars’ respective engines, transmissions, axles and other supporting systems.

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