Cadillac’s new tire-smoking Blackwing, its last V-8 sedan, goes out with a fiery roar

Once the near-holy fire-breathing hunters of rolling Americana, Detroit muscle cars are a rapidly dying breed, considered a tough sell in an increasingly electrified future. Even Cadillac, which has been producing this sort of three-piece suit since the introduction of the 400 hp manual-transmission CTS-V in 2004, is dropping the game: the 2022 CT5-V Blackwing The brand will bid farewell to the tire-smoking, V-8 powered rear-drive sedan. Well, though, that swan song is more than a fiery roar. Starting at $84,990, the CT5-V Blackwing is Cadillac’s fastest production car to date, with a top speed of 200 mph and a 3.6-second sprint to 60 mph. And, yes, it comes with a stick—standard.

When exiting the pit lane at Virginia International Raceway (VIR), a light brush of the throttle also produced Cadillac’s most powerful engine to date, the hand-built, 6.2-liter supercharged Blackwing V-8 at 668 hp and ballistic power of 659. gives a signal. ft lbs of torque. There’s a Tremec six-speed manual transmission, Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber, the automaker’s largest stock brakes, and Cadillac’s next-generation Magnetic Ride Control system, all of which manages brute force, assessing conditions nearly a thousand times per second and makes suspension adjustments accordingly. (Sure, you can knock 0.2 seconds off the zero-to-60 time—while adding 19 pounds—if you choose the optional 10-speed automatic transmission, but we suspect that strongly from Blackwing purists. There is even no lift shift feature that allows full throttle while the clutch is engaged.

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On the straight path to VIR, the exhaust note destroyed all true Motown sounds, and the four-door tackled NASCAR bend and left hook corners with remarkable skill. Around the sharp, tricky oak tree curve, however, the sedan’s 4,123-pound heft made itself known; Staying on the racing line became a question with a different answer on each lap.

The plush cabin defies the vehicle’s raw athleticism, with 18-way power seats, suede-and-carbon-fiber trim, 10-inch touchscreen and 16-speaker AKG sound system. But no one will remember anything about the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing. The lasting impact will be of a parting gift to gearheads, a car soon to be another entry in one of motoring’s bygone eras, a brutal and slightly bonkers piece of fancy Detroit muscle with a throwback eight-cylinder heart. Deposits for 250 introductory examples were reportedly placed within three minutes of the car’s reveal (and overall only a limited number are still available to order); Those who shake someone up so quickly have really shaken a rare animal.

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