It’s been unforgettable since day one: Despite fully respecting break-in restrictions, the CT5-V Blackwing vigorously blew its tires in a fit of wheelspin on its first ride home in our long-term fleet. Sure, the conditions were chilly and wet, but the amount of hooliganism at the ready, even when using this car’s full 668 horsepower, can seem almost reckless. That is, if the CT5-V wasn’t so communicative, predictable and controllable, making it easy to go past the limit without losing the handle. But we didn’t know yet how many emotions the Cadillac V-8 sports sedan would quickly sear into our memory during this lengthy test.
After the CT5-V Blackwing ran a much more expensive four-door at our Lighting Lap race, and after we put each of Cadillac’s Blackwings on our 2022 10Best list, we ordered both for a long-term test so we could hold out for some of the best. driving sports sedans ever made for as long as possible.
When it came time to specify, we had to have a manual. The last CTS-V, the predecessor to the CT5-V, only went automatic, but Cadillac made that mistake with the new car and 62 percent of CT5-V Blackwing buyers opted for the homemade gearbox. Our car is a tasteful dark blue called Wave Metallic, which we would have preferred paired with the $1500 bronze rims instead of the bronze Brembo calipers it has. This car also has the $4100 Carbon Fiber 1 package with aerodynamic add-ons, black-and-tan leather seats with carbon fiber backs ($6090), and the $1450 weight penalty that is the sunroof option. Between that sunroof and the iron rotors (as opposed to the carbon fiber option), this one weighs 115 pounds more than the first CT5-V Blackwing manual we tested. Not surprisingly, it slowed 0.1 seconds to 60 mph and through the quarter mile, although 3.7 and 11.7 seconds respectively are insane for a 4,200-pound sedan that seats five comfortably. Weighing in at 1.02g, skid pad grip is nearly on par with the Corvette Z51, and the CT5-V’s 143-foot braking distance from 70 mph beats any C8 Corvette we’ve tested, proving that the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires with Blackwing specification have significantly more grip than the standard versions.
But those numbers didn’t come by chance. The supercharged small-block V-8 that powers our car for the first 1,700 miles did not survive the first test session. After about 15 accelerations with a standing start, the V-8 started skipping dramatically and the Caddy took off on a tow truck. Somehow the burn got too lean on the even bank, leading to cylinder scores and necessitating a heart transplant. We outlined the carnage and findings of a dismantling of that engine as it made its way back to GM in a separate story.
About six weeks later, the CT5-V was back and we embarked on a 1,500-mile stint to break in the new V-8 — keeping the engine speed below 4,000 rpm, no wide-open throttle or steady vehicle speeds. The engine swap was under warranty, although we were charged $50 for fuel used to test the new engine after it was installed.
Back on the track for the second time, the CT5 was all roaring and turning into the aforementioned acceleration times. Just when we thought all was well in the land of the CT5-V Blackwing, a group of deer appeared on one of our last runs, and one ran into the flank of the CT5, damaging the passenger’s rear door in particular. .
If you thought that was bad luck, our long-lasting CT4-V Blackwing took to the track the next day, where it startled one of the birds feasting on the fresh dead. The bird then dove straight into the A-pillar of the smaller Blackwing, which was traveling at over 100 miles per hour.
What are the odds?
Months in fleet: 5 months Current mileage: 5937 miles
Average fuel consumption: 15 mpg
Fuel Tank Size: 17.4 gal Observed fuel range: 260 miles
Maintenance: $0 Normal wear and tear: $0 Repair: $50
2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing
Vehicle Type: Front Engine, Rear Wheel Drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
Base / As Tested: $84,990 / $100,160
Options: brown and black semi-aniline leather seats with carbon fiber backs, $6090; Carbon Fiber 1 package (front splitter, front wheel arch deflectors, trunk spoiler), $4100; performance data/VCR, $1600; sunroof, $1450; parking package (rear-view mirror, hands-free trunk release, rear pedestrian warning), $710; Wave Metallic Paint, $625; bronze calipers, $595
supercharged and intercooled pushrod 16-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 376 inches36162 cm3
Power: 668 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 659 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm
6-speed manual transmission
Suspension, F/R: Strut/Multilink
Brakes, front/rear: 15.7″ ventilated disc / 14.7″ ventilated disc
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
F: 275/35ZR-19 (100Y) TPC Specification 3162
R: 305/30ZR-19 (102Y) TPC Specification 3163
Wheelbase: 116.0 inch
Length: 194.9 inches
Width: 74.1 inches
Height: 56.5 inches
Passenger volume: 99 ft3
Trunk Volume: 12 ft3
Curb weight: 4207 lb
CD TEST RESULTS: NEW
1/4-mile: 11.7 sec @ 124 mph
250 mph: 18.4 sec
The above results show 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.3 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 7.2 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 6.0 sec
Top speed (CD est): 205 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 143 ft
Braking, 100-0 mph: 302 ft
Handling, 300 ft Skidpad: 1.02 g
CD FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 15 mpg
Unplanned oil additions: 0 qt
EPA FUEL CONSUMPTION
Combined/City/Highway: 15/13/21 mpg
4 years/50,000 miles bumper to bumper
6 years/70,000 miles drivetrain
4 Years/50,000 Miles Corrosion Protection
6 years/70,000 miles roadside assistance
1 year/1 visit scheduled maintenance
CD TESTING EXPLAINED
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