Cadillac Blackwing Sedans:668 Horsepower, Under Four Seconds, 200 MPH

Jack R. Nerad | Feb 02, 2021

2022 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing

It wasn't enough for Cadillac to introduce just one performance sedan that could jet to 60 miles per hour in only 3.8 seconds, so the company introduced two. 

The 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing has a 472-horsepower 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 to accelerate from a standing stop to 60 mph in that 3.8 seconds, as mentioned earlier. But the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing will take a tenth of a tick off that time. On the strength of its 668-hp 6.2-liter supercharged V8, the sedan will vault from zero to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds.

The CT5-V Blackwing is not only the most powerful production Cadillac ever, but it is also more potent than the most powerful production BMW ever. That BMW M5 CS was just unveiled a week before the Caddys. If you want to know when the Golden Age of the high-horsepower sports sedans began, look to the past seven days.

While the new Blackwings' acceleration times are impressive, their claimed top speeds are also staggering. Cadillac says the 2022 CT4-V Blackwing will reach 189 mph, while the 2022 CT5-V Blackwing will top 200 mph. The two eagerly anticipated Cadillac Blackwing sedans build on the already impressive performance of the existing CT4-V and CT5-V.

"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 between the two," Brandon Vivian, executive chief engineer, Cadillac said in a statement. "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." 

Though not known for racing prowess during much of its proud saga, the Cadillac brand's racing history dates back to Briggs Cunningham's efforts at Le Mans around 1950. More recently, the marque has had success in the Pirelli World Challenge in IMSA, WeatherTech Sports Car Championships, and the Michelin Endurance Cup championships. 

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Specs - Find the best Cadillac deals!

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

The CT5-V Blackwing's supercharged V8 employs a higher-flow air-intake and revised exhaust system to deliver its 668 hp and 659 lb.-ft. of torque. Each engine is hand-built at GM's Bowling Green assembly facility in Kentucky (the home of the Chevrolet Corvette), and each features a signed engine builder's plate.

The sophisticated V8 relies on these features to reach its heady output and perform well in high-stress situations on the racetrack:

  • Intake airflow improved by 46% vs. the previous CTS-V midsize performance sedan
  • High-output 1.7-liter four-lobe Eaton supercharger with small-diameter rotors
  • Rotocast A356T6 aluminum cylinder heads
  • Lightweight titanium intake valves
  • Wet-sump oiling and vent system with external oil separator and drainback

In a throwback move, the standard transmission is a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission. But this transmission is not like your father's 4-speed. 

The driveline includes a LuK twin-disc clutch for high torque capacity, Active Rev Matching, and No-Lift Shift, allowing the driver to shift gears without letting off the gas pedal. If you'd like to go old school and use your heel-and-toe skills, you can turn off the rev-matching via a console-mounted toggle switch. 

If, on the other hand, you like modern conveniences, you can opt for a 10-speed automatic transmission. Electronically assisted custom launch control, performance traction management settings, and an electronic limited-slip rear differential are there to help you out as well.

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2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing

On another day, the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing would be the headliner because it promises to offer outrageous performance in a small sedan. Its 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 offers both 472 hp and 445 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful and fastest Cadillac to ever populate the subcompact class. 

Air intake restriction improves by 39% versus the former Cadillac ATS-V, and the turbocharger compressors are matched for peak efficiency at peak power to deliver the best on-track performance possible. Like its bigger CT5-V Blackwing brother, the CT4-V Blackwing offers a choice between the super-sophisticated 6-speed manual transmission and the 10-speed automatic.

"These are very serious drivers' cars, and to be drivers' cars, first and foremost, you need to row your own gears," Cadillac's Vivian said. "So standard 6-speed transmissions in both vehicles. We have Active Rev Matching, and we have No-Lift Shift algorithms in the vehicles so that when you do shift your manual, you're not losing any time in between the shifts with boost loss." 

Components that contribute to the CT4-V Blackwing's performance include:

  • Titanium connecting rods on manual transmission models
  • Revised crankshaft counterweights
  • Re-targeted piston oil squirters
  • Manifold-integrated water-to-air charge cooling system
  • Revised airflow routing 

Staggering Blackwing Braking Power - Find the best Cadillac deals!

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing wheel

To handle the forces of cars whose speeds can reach or top 189 mph, serious stopping power is required. To answer that need, the CT5-V Blackwing has the largest factory-installed brakes in Cadillac history. The CT4-V Blackwing's brakes are stout as well.

For those who geek out on this stuff, here are the brake specifications for each new Cadillac Blackwing:

  • CT4-V Front: 14.96 x 1.34-inch (380 X 34 mm) rotors
  • CT4-V Rear: 13.4 x 1.1-inch (340.5 x 28 mm) rotors
  • CT5-V Front: 15.67 x 1.42-inch (398 X 36 mm) rotors
  • CT5-V Rear: 14.7 x 1.1-inch (373.5 x 28 mm) rotors

If that's not enough, Cadillac offers a carbon-ceramic brake package featuring cross-drilled rotors for the CT5-V Blackwing. They deliver a 53-lb. saving in unsprung weight plus added benefits in durability and heat management.

The brake systems in both Blackwing models are integrated into each vehicle's selectable drive modes, including brake-pedal feel. Owners can also customize brake-pedal feel within the My-Mode and V-Mode functions.

To accommodate the massive brakes, both Blackwings feature standard forged aluminum alloy wheels with staggered widths, front to rear. Stronger and lighter than conventional cast-aluminum wheels, they wear specially engineered Michelin Pilot Sport 4S performance tires. The tires use a unique tread composition with individual compounds optimized for wet traction, enhanced street and track durability, and rolling resistance.

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2022 Cadillac CT5-V and CT4-V Blackwing rear view

Cadillac engineers made considerable tweaks to the Blackwings' suspension componentry for superior road-holding on everything from city streets to international racetracks. 

Among the changes, Cadillac installs a fourth-generation version of the automaker's Magnetic Ride Control (MR 4.0) adaptive suspension. Stiffer spring rates, unique hollow stabilizer bars, and higher-rate bushings are said to provide a driving experience that isolates the driver from road imperfections while simultaneously offering a precise connection to the road surface no matter the conditions. 

Josh Thurber of Cadillac Design said that one of the essential things the Blackwing team did was take what the automaker learned from racing and incorporate it into the cars. Furthermore, Thurber said of those racing-inspired modifications: "We struck that fine balance of making sure it always added to the performance of the car, but (also) really stood out in the design and really stood for what V-Series means."

The 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing price starts at $59,990. The 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing price kicks off at $84,990. Both of these base prices include a $995 destination charge. Reservations for both vehicles are open on Cadillac.com, with deliveries scheduled to begin later this summer. 

Cadillac is the source of information in this article. It was accurate as of February 1, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.

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