Blackwing flies Cadillac’s nest

It’s official: The 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing mega-sport sedan is no longer a manufacturer’s tease, but something you can finally go to the showroom and buy. In an automotive market that is increasingly eschewing sedans, wicked fast and otherwise, the CT4-V stands virtually alone among American automotive offerings. It’s by far the fastest and most powerful production Cadillac in history, with a demonstrated track speed above 200 MPH. You may remember that a while back in this space, we offered a hyperlink where buyers could reserve their own CT4-V or CT5-V Blackwing. It evidently worked, because the first 250 copies of each models were booked with buyers within minutes.

If you’re going to dip your toe in this pond at all, making a dive with the CT5-V Blackwing is clearly the way to go here. This is an extremely serious car: The engine is Cadillac’s 6.2-liter supercharged V-8, rated at a stunning 668 horsepower. A six speed manual transmission – yes, you read that right – is standard. So is an electronic limited-slip differential, and the best downforce numbers in Cadillac history. The CT5-V has a rated 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds with the manual transmission, can pull more than 1 full g on the skidpad, and has a quarter-mile best of 11.30 seconds at 129 MPH. Just the ticket for skinning the Hellcats in your neighborhood. Pricing for the full-on CT5-V Blackwing sedan gets underway at $84,990 – definitely not out of line when you weigh the capabilities here.

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