2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

 Fans of the outgoing Cadillac CTS-V, take note: the CT5-V Blackwing, despite its new name, is the rightful successor to that performance powerhouse. The new car is powered by the same supercharged V-8 engine, but Cadillac is banking on its updated styling and new interior for high performance.

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, BMW M3, and Mercedes-AMG C63 are all well-equipped rivals for the Blackwing. To compete with these world-class sports sedans, the CT5-V Blackwing provides more than just horsepower; it also provides an excellent ride and handling to complement its brutal acceleration. The CT5-V Blackwing lives up to the hype and roars to the top of this segment of hot four-doors, earning a 10Best title and an Editors' Choice nod along the way.

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Price

The base price of the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing is $84,990 (including destination), which is comparable to the price of a BMW M3 or Mercedes-AMG C 63 S with a few options added. It could also be viewed as a more affordable alternative to similarly sized performance sedans such as the BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E 63 S.

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Engine

Despite the fact that Cadillac calls it the CT5-V Blackwing, it isn't powered by the newly developed twin-turbo Blackwing V-8 from the now-defunct CT6-V. Instead, an updated version of the CTS-supercharged V's 6.2-liter V-8 with 668 horsepower pairs to either a six-speed manual or an optional 10-speed automatic transmission. Despite its sporting intentions, the CT5-V Blackwing is a sharp-handling sedan that can also be configured to ride quite comfortably.

Standard magnetorheological dampers detect the road surface as well as your driving intent and adjust accordingly. The CT5-V Blackwing with the six-speed manual hit 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds in our testing; we estimate it will be capable of hitting 60 mph in as little as 3.4 seconds when equipped with the optional automatic transmission.

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Fule

The CT5-V Blackwing received EPA fuel economy ratings of 13 mpg city and 22 mpg highway with the optional automatic transmission; opting for the six-speed manual reduces the car's highway fuel economy estimate to 21 mpg. Our manual transmission test vehicle achieved an impressive 24 mpg on our 75-mph highway fuel economy route.

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Interior

The cabin of the CT5-V Blackwing is shared with the standard CT5, giving the performance sedan a reasonably spacious interior with plenty of features and niceties. The regular CT5's cabin is a mishmash of materials—some fine, some decidedly low-brow—but Cadillac dresses the CT5-V Blackwing to better match its much higher starting price.

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

Genuine leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and 18-way power adjustments are standard on all models. Optional high-performance sport seats with leather and microfiber upholstery are available, as are matching door panel inserts. The trunk of the Blackwing is the same size and shape as that of the regular CT5, into which we fit five carry-on cases during our testing. A lap timer is included on the gauge display, and a performance data recorder is available as an optional extra.

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Infotainment

The CT5-V Blackwing has the same 10.0-inch touchscreen display and CUE infotainment interface as the CT5. For drivers who prefer not to touch the screen, this system includes a secondary rotary controller on the centre console. A 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless smartphone charging will be standard, as will wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. While the standard CT5 comes with a Bose stereo system as an option, the Blackwing comes standard with a 15-speaker AKG system. All models include a 12.0-inch digital gauge display with V-series-specific startup animation as well as a head-up display.

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Safety 

A slew of driver-assistance features are available as standard or optional equipment, but several are not available with the desirable manual transmission. Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites for more information on the CT5-V Blackwing's crash-test results. The following are likely to be key safety features:

Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection is standard.

Lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist is standard.

Adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode is available.

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Warranty

When compared to competitors like the M3 and the C63, Cadillac's standard powertrain warranty provides coverage for a longer period of time and miles. However, Cadillac only covers the first service visit, whereas BMW provides three years of complimentary maintenance.

The limited warranty period is four years or 50,000 miles.

The powertrain warranty is valid for six years or 70,000 miles.

For the first visit, maintenance is provided at no cost.