2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing is the epitome of internal combustion

The gasoline age of Cadillac performance vehicles is going out with a roar, not a wail.

Oh sure, there will be incredibly fast, exciting electric Cadillacs soon.

The performance figures of the 1,000 hp GMC Hummer EVs leave no doubt about that. Their day will come.

But today belongs to the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, arguably the world’s most engaged, intoxicating sports sedan.

The 668-hp 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing sport sedan can accelerate in 3.4 seconds with the optional 10-speed automatic transmission.

With a time of 3.4 seconds from 0-100 km/h and a top speed of 200 km/h, the CT5-V Blackwing is the stuff of dreams: a super sedan that is also an everyday driver you can get for less than the cost of some loaded mainstream SUVs.

Limited by the twin challenges of the chip shortage and the increasing demand for sedans, Cadillac won’t build many Blackwings – the car is great, but the full name is an abomination; chop it off however you like – ensure collectability.

Buy one while you still can.

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing sports sedan interior.

What makes it special?

The CT5-V Blackwing is the fastest vehicle in Cadillac history.

With 668 horsepower and 659 pound-feet of torque, it was also the most powerful, until the equally insane Escalade-V SUV hit the road earlier this year with 684 horsepower and 653 pound-feet. sic transit gloryLatin which roughly translates as “Cadillac engineers have been busy.”

The Blackwing — the name comes from a sadly short-lived V8 engine Cadillac built for the equally woefully discontinued CT6 large sedan — has a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine and rear-wheel drive. A six-speed manual transmission is standard.

The 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing sports sedan's supercharged 6.2L V8 engine develops 668 horsepower and 659 lb-ft of torque.

Other standard features include adaptive suspension with magnetic dampers, run-flat summer tires and an electronic rear differential lock. The basic specification includes a feast of luxury and comfort features including:

  • AKG audio with 16 speakers
  • The biggest factory brakes in Cadillac history, Brembos with 15.7-inch discs at the front and 14.1-inch rear
  • Head-up display
  • 18-way electrically heated and ventilated front seats
  • Wireless phone charging, Apple CarPlay
  • Alloy Paddles

A 10-speed automatic that improves both acceleration and fuel economy is optional. Carbon fiber and aluminum shift paddles are included.

M3 killer, AMG slayer, call it what you will. The Blackwing is all that and a bag of chips.

AKG audio in the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing sports saloon

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Available safety and driver assistance functions

  • Frontal Collision Warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Braking for pedestrians
  • Driver’s seat safety warning
  • Parking aid front and rear
  • Surrounding view
  • Lane Keeping Alert and Assist
  • Blind spot warning
  • Red seat belts
  • rear view mirror
  • Adaptive cruise control

How much?

Pricing for the CT5-V Blackwing starts at $83,995, plus a $995 destination surcharge. For reasons that escape me, the Blackwing’s destination charge is $200 less than other CT5 models. Maybe even his vans are faster than regular CT5s?

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing sport sedan instrument panel

I drove a lavishly equipped Blackwing with the manual transmission and options including:

  • Carbon fiber ceramic brake with perforated discs
  • Bronze calipers
  • Leather seats with stitching and carbon fiber backs
  • Torch Red seat belts (don’t laugh, they really spice up the interior)
  • Suede microfibre finish
  • Performance data recorder
  • Carbon fiber cladding
  • 19-inch alloy wheels with bronze finish
  • Infrared tint paint layer
  • Rear view camera mirror
  • Pedestrian warning behind

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