The 2022 Cadillac CT5-V is rooted in performance and coming to supercharge your emotions in ways you never expected – but always dreamed of. The standard 6-speed manual transmission strengthens your connection to the road and includes a unique shifter with a jewel-like, 3D-printed emblem. You’re also free to leave the shifting to the lighting fast, unsurpassed speeds with the available 10-speed automatic transmission.
ENGINE AND IMPLEMENTATION
Even though Cadillac is calling it the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, it isn’t powered by the newly developed twin-turbo Blackwing V-8 from the now discontinued CT6-V. Instead, an updated version of the CTS-V’s supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 makes a whopping 668 horsepower pairs to either a six-speed manual or an optional 10-speed automatic. The CT5-V Blackwing is a sharp-handling sedan that also can be set to ride quite comfortably despite its sporting intentions.
Standard magnetorheological dampers sense the road surface and your driving intention and adjust accordingly. Acceleration is explosive and in our testing, the CT5-V Blackwing with the six-speed manual hit 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds; we estimate it will be capable of hitting 60 mph in as little as 3.4 seconds when equipped with the optional automatic transmission.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND REAL-WORLD MPG
With the optional automatic transmission, the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing earned EPA fuel economy ratings of 13 mpg city and 22 mpg highway; going with the six-speed manual drops the car’s highway fuel economy estimate to 21 mpg. On our 75-mph highway, fuel economy route our manual transmission test vehicle managed an impressive 24 mpg result. For more information about the CT5-V Blackwing’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
INTERIOR, CONVENIENCE, AND BOOTH
The 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing shares its cabin with the standard CT5, which gives the performance sedan a reasonably spacious interior with plenty of features and niceties. We’ve found the regular CT5’s cabin to be a mix of materials—some fine, some decidedly down-market—but Cadillac dresses the CT5-V Blackwing to better match its much higher entry price. All models come with genuine leather upholstery with heated and ventilated front seats and 18-way power adjustments.
High-performance sport seats with leather and microfiber upholstery are optional and come bundled with matching door panel inserts. The Blackwing’s trunk is the same size and shape as the regular CT5’s, into which we fit five carry-on cases during our testing. The gauge display includes a lap timer feature; a performance data recorder is an optional extra.
PROTECTION AND DRIVER-ASSISTANCE ASPECTS
A host of driver-assistance features are available, both as standard and optional, but several are not available with the desirable manual transmission. For information about the CT5-V Blackwing’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.
2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing
Vehicle Type: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
Base/As Tested: Base/As Tested: $87,090 /$114,645
Options: carbon-ceramic braking system with red calipers, $9000; tan and black semi-aniline leather seats with carbon-fiber seatbacks, $6090; carbon-fiber package 2, $5230; carbon-fiber package 1, $4100; performance data and video recorder, $1600; Electric Blue paint, $625; parking package, $610; faux-suede-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, $300
supercharged and intercooled V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 376 in3, 6162 cm3
Power: 668 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 659 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm
Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 15.7-inch vented, cross-drilled, carbon-ceramic disc/14.6-inch vented, cross-drilled, carbon-ceramic disc
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
F: 275/35ZR-19 (100Y) TPC
R: 305/30ZR-19 (102Y) TPC
Wheelbase: 116.0 in
Length: 194.9 in
Width: 74.1 in
Height: 56.6 in
Passenger Volume: 98 ft3
Trunk Volume: 12 ft3
Curb Weight: 4092 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 3.6 sec
100 mph: 7.7 sec
1/4-Mile: 11.6 sec @ 125 mph
130 mph: 12.4 sec
160 mph: 21.1 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 4.3 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 7.6 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 6.2 sec
Top Speed (C/D est): 205 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 154 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 321 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 1.02 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 13 mpg
75-mph Highway Driving: 24 mpg
Highway Range: 410 mi
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 15/13/21 mpg