Tested: 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Is an Epic Sendoff


Tested: 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Is an Epic Sendoff

The Norse myth of Ragnarök tells of a massive battle that takes the lives of several gods and destroys the world in a cataclysmic flood. What follows is a rebirth that brings something better. One era ends and a new one begins. Bad things happen, but be hopeful and pass the lutefisk.

You can think of Cadillac’s CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing—the final gas-powered sedans to wear a V badge—as the last of the old guard. Like deities in Ragnarök, they head into a hopeless battle, knowing they’ll be the last of their kind. And in short order, the coming flood of electric vehicles will assure their demise and change the automotive landscape forever.

Electrics may be quick, and we might even grow to love them, but they don’t give you goose bumps the way the CT5-V Blackwing’s exhaust reverberating against a pit wall does. There is no doubt that enthusiasts will remember the bigger, badder Blackwing as one of the best sports sedans ever made. Years after it’s gone, its legend will live on.

Before you accuse us of getting carried away, consider that the segment is filled with all-wheel-drive sedans with turbocharged engines and automatic transmissions. Cadillac is the exception. It doubled down on rear-wheel drive, the manual gearbox, and sports-car dynamics.

The Blackwing offers an automatic, and it’s a performance option, not just one of convenience. We have yet to test the 10-speed slushbox—effectively a $2775 option given that the auto mandates a $900 driver-assist package and carries a gas-guzzler tax of $1700 to the manual’s $2100 tariff—but we’re confident it will be quicker than the row-it-yourself six-speed. We don’t care. The manual shifter glides precisely through perfectly weighted detents and not-too-narrow gate spacing. It’s the one we lust for, what speculators will hoard and collectors will want. For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.

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