February 26th, 2021 by

Though Cadillac has largely gotten away from the living-room-plush luxury barges that were Cadillac’s staple product in the 1960s and 70s, the brand has long been about performance, from building some of the first modern V8 engines back in the 1950s to dropping the largest engine ever produced for an American car — the 500 cubic inch V8 — into Cadillacs back in the day.

In recent years, Cadillac has sought to shake the dust off their image by building some of the most elegant high-performance cars on the road. That goal took another huge leap forward recently with the debut of the all-new 2022 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing sedans. Cadillac’s new standard for elegant high-performance, the Blackwing cars are meant to find the perfect balance between high-speed thrills and the ultimate luxury Cadillac is known for.

“As the ultimate performance versions of our V-Series lineup, the prime directive for their designs was to maintain authenticity and integrity, while also raising the bar,” said Andrew Smith, executive director of Global Cadillac Design. “Everything new and unique on these vehicles was only included if it served a functional purpose, while simultaneously creating a powerful signature look.”

The Blackwing cars set themselves apart from other Cadillac offerings with a look that’s all about function, wind-tunnel tested to make sure every piece of carbon fiber and aluminum was there to either make you go fast or get you in the mood to put the pedal down.

Highlights include:

Unique body enhancements, including a two-tier grille, functional rear spoiler, front splitter, rear diffuser, fender vents, rocker extensions and more
Exclusive “Underwing” panels underneath that make the belly more aerodynamic.
An available, carbon fiber “aero package” that reduces lift at track speeds, including a 214 percent lift reduction for the CT4-V Blackwing
High-performance Brembo brake calipers in your choice of grey, blue, red or bronze
Premium interiors in three different levels — Base, Mid-level and Up-level — each with unique trim, detailing and technology offerings.
Available cock-pit-style high-performance seats with 18-way adjustability, heat, ventilation and lumbar massage, with available carbon fiber-trimmed racing seats in the CT5-V Blackwing
A high performance steering wheel with carbon fiber accents and magnesium shift paddles and a serialized production number plate
An available MANUAL TRANSMISSION(!) with carbon fiber accents and a shifter featuring a 3D-printed metal cap — the first 3D-printed metal part ever installed on a production Cadillac vehicle.
AKG premium audio system with 14 speakers (CT4-V Blackwing) or 15 speakers (CT5-V Blackwing)
Distinctive, forged-aluminum wheels in staggered sizes on both models, available in either Satin Graphite Gray with dark-painted pockets, or Bronze.

As for performance, the Blackwing cars are prepared to bring the big noise there, too. Check out a few of these details:

Upgraded TREMEC six-speed manual transmission standard on both CT4-V and CT5-V, with the 10-speed automatic an available option.
Standard power in the CT5-V Blackwing will be the 6.2-liter Supercharged V8 that is already making sister vehicles like the 2021 Chevy Camaro ZL1 a 650 horsepower barn-burner. The CT4-V, meanwhile, will get a hot 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6.
Available 10-speed automatic transmission
Electronic Limited Slip Rear Differential
Advanced suspension refinements providing greater body control and a more agile feel
Magnetic Ride Control 4.0, for millisecond-quick suspension adjustments to optimize cornering.
Unique structural enhancements to stiffen the body
Cadillac’s largest ever factory-installed brakes on the CT5-V Blackwing

Whew! That’s a lotta muscle in a very beautiful package! Reservations for both Blackwing cars are available now at Starting price for the CT4-V Blackwing is $59,990, while the starting price for a CT5-V Blackwing is $84,990.

So, are you ready to own the hottest Cadillac models in the brand’s history? Sure you are! So stop by today at Landers Chevrolet Cadillac of Joplin, talk to one of our friendly finance pros, and be the first in our area to own a future icon of high performance: a 2022 Cadillac CTV-4 or CTV-5 Blackwing!

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