Cadillac’s taking on Mercedes and BMW with 2 hardcore new ‘Blackwing’ models starting at $60,000 – tour both

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2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing.

  • The 2022 CT5-V Blackwing and CT4-V Blackwing are the highest-performance Cadillacs there currently are.
  • Available with manual transmissions, they are aimed directly at competition from Mercedes, Audi, and BMW.
  • Prices start at $59,990 for the CT4-V Blackwing and $84,990 for the CT5-V Blackwing.
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It’s a new year and it’s time for some new Cadillacs. These, officially, are the 2022 CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing. 

As Blackwing models, these cars are the best of what Cadillac’s got to offer in terms of power and performance. With their angular and sharpened design language, as well as the availability of a manual transmission (!!!), the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing will hopefully inject some excitement back into the Cadillac brand.

With order books opening on February 1 and deliveries starting this summer, the CT4-V Blackwing starts at $59,990 and the CT5-V Blackwing starts at $84,990. 

Keep reading to see both.

The 2022 CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing are the top-of-the-line Cadillac models, designed to compete with the likes of BMW, Audi, and Mercedes.

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2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing.

The CT4-V Blackwing is the spiritual replacement of the ATS-V.

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2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing.

It has a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 that produces a claimed 472 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque.

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2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing.

You can tell it’s coming for the BMW M3 and M4.

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2021 BMW M3 and M4.

Both cars will have GM’s high-performance Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 suspension system.

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2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing.

Cadillac estimates the CT4-V Blackwing to hit 60 mph from a standstill in 3.8 seconds.

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2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing.

Its top speed is an estimated 189 mph.

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2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing.

Both cars offer a six-speed Tremec manual transmission as standard.

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2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing.

There’s a big, carbon-fiber lip spoiler on the trunk lid.

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2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing.

The cars come with forged aluminum-alloy wheels as standard.

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2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing.

They’re staggered, which means they are wider in the back than they are in the front.

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2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing.

As standard, the cars also have AKG sound systems.

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2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing.

V badging can be found throughout the interior.

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2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing.

The leather is quilted and ventilated.

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2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing.

And there are red seat belts.

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2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing.

The front seats are bolstered to hold you in place under hard cornering.

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2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing.

A performance steering wheel, 14.5 inches in diameter, comes as standard with the mid-and upper-trim CT4-V Blackwing models.

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2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing.

The CT5-V Blackwing is the successor to the mighty CTS-V.

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2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing.

Its 6.2-liter supercharged V8 produces a claimed 668 horsepower and 659 pound-feet of torque.

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2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing.

This one’s after the BMW M5. But whereas no modern BMW M5 offers a manual transmission, the Cadillac does.

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2022 BMW M5 CS sedan.

Cadillac estimates its top speed to be over 200 mph.

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2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing.

Like any serious sports car, it has a big rear diffuser.

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2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing.

An additional front splitter helps with front-end aerodynamics.

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2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing.

The bigger front grille is designed to let more air in to help with cooling.

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2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing.

The 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing is the most powerful Cadillac ever made.

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2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing.

It wears 15.67-inch front brake rotors, the biggest brakes that have ever been installed on a Cadillac from the factory.

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2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing.

If a manual transmission isn’t your thing, then a 10-speed automatic is also available as an option on both cars.

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2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing.

Inside, there are bolstered seats as well.

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2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing.

That 14.5-inch performance steering wheel is a standard feature on the CT5-V Blackwing.

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2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing.

On the higher trims, you can get high-performance front seats.

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2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing.

Starting MSRP for the 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing are $59,990 and $84,990, respectively.

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2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing.

Order books open on February 1 and first deliveries will start in the summer.

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2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing.

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