Comparison Test: 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing vs. 2021 Audi RS7 vs. 2021 BMW M5 Competition

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Comparison Test: 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing vs. 2021 Audi RS7 vs. 2021 BMW M5 Competition

September 6, 2021, was the last day for Wicked Twister. The roller coaster, an anchor attraction at Ohio’s Cedar Point amusement park, opened in 2002 with an unusual premise: Instead of sending riders around a loop, it would use linear induction motors to launch them out of a station—zero to 72 mph in 2.5 seconds—and up a 215-foot-tall vertical, spiral track.

The 32-seat train then plummets back down through the station, where the motors goose the ride in the other direction, sending it backward up an identical tower on the other side. The track looks like a pair of giant deformed yellow goal posts and not like the wooden coaster on the previous pages. Wicked Twister’s warnings include lines like “Guests must have a minimum of three functioning extremities.” That’s our kind of ride.

And if you’re going to make a pilgrimage to ride a soon-to-be-decommissioned roller coaster, what better way to get there than in a four-door car packing a 600-hp V-8? Better yet, round up three of them: the 2021 Audi RS7, the 2021 BMW M5 Competition, and the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing. The 591-hp Audi is a known quantity, having bested the BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupe and Mercedes-AMG GT63 S in a recent C/D comparison test of raked-roof four-doors [“Outrage Machines,” May 2021]. This time around, we decided to pit the Audi against more conventional sedans closer to its price range. Enter the 617-hp M5 and 668-hp Blackwing. The M5 got some worthwhile revisions for 2021, including retuned dampers and a new Track mode, while the Blackwing is a new model replacing the CTS-V. We also invited the Mercedes-AMG E63 S, but Benz didn’t have a car available; supply shortages may cause that and other V-8 Benzes to sit out the 2022 model year. Maserati thought better of sending a Ghibli Trofeo into this meat grinder.

For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.

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