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2022 Cadillac V-Series Blackwing will get limited edition magnesium wheels

Cadillac is giving its newest performance cars magnesium wheels.

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Slowly, Cadillac is unveiling the bits and bobs on its 2022 CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing vehicles. First it was the badging, then the carbon fiber seats, which were followed by the steering wheel. Now, it's the magnesium wheels. The two cars will be the only General Motors products to offer magnesium wheels in the near future.

The wheel choice was inspired by the championship-winning Cadillac DPi-V.R race car, which made its debut in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship series in 2017. That debut marked the return of Cadillac to full constructor racing for the first time since 2002.

2022 Cadillac CT5 Blackwing Cadillac has teased the 2022 CT5-V Blackwing, CT4-V Blackwing, saying that they'll be available next year. Photo courtesy of Cadillac

The wheels are designed to reduce the unsprung weight of the vehicle. This weight loss equates to improved ride and handling in the models. It's a safe bet that Cadillac will match these wheels with a performance-focused tire.

Magnesium is being used more and more on vehicles. The metal is 75 percent lighter weight than steel and 33 percent lighter than aluminum. It also has the highest known damping capacity of any structural metal meaning that it can dissipate 10 times more energy than steel and aluminum, causing less jolts to passengers in the cabin of a car.

The chemical element has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of all commonly available metals. This means that less of it is required to do its required job than if steel or aluminum were deployed for the same task. That's good because magnesium is traditionally far more expensive than steel and aluminum.

The 2022 CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing will be available starting summer 2021. Expect both models to debut early next year.

Interested buyers should expect to pay a premium for the car. The non-V-Series versions of the CT4 and CT5 start at $32,995 and $36,895, respectively. Upping to the CT4-V costs at least $44,495 while the CT5-V comes in with a starting price of $47,695.

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Insurance company Hagerty compiled a list of cars it thinks will climb in value and price.

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Vehicle prices have grown across the board this year, but collector car prices have been on the move for years. The world of online car auctions and car shows such as Radwood have driven attention to obscure and otherwise unknown cars, pushing their prices. Insurance and overall automotive lifestyle company Hagerty is stepping in to help. It complied a list of vehicles that it believes are currently a good value and have potential to climb. The Hagerty Bull Market List covers ten vehicles of all types.

Hagerty’s list is expansive, covering several vehicle types, prices, and time periods. The list features vehicles built between 1963 and 2012, and is designed to nudge people into buying cars before they become unattainable. This is especially important now, as online auction sites have moved the markets for some previously obscure cars well past the point of reason.

The Bull Market List isn’t intended to give you an inside track on car values so that you can flip them for quick profit. Instead, the list should give you the push you need if you’re already on the fence about buying a car to keep and drive a cool vehicle. Hagerty wants people to buy the cars and have the ability to pass them on to other enthusiasts without charging exorbitant prices.

The Bull Market List includes (with excellent condition pricing):

  • 1965-1970 Cadillac DeVille ($28,800)
  • 1969-1974 Ferrari 246 Dino ($365,800)
  • 1983-1997 Land Rover Defender ($61,400)
  • 1979-1985 Mazda RX-7 ($17,600)
  • 1962-1967 Mercedes-Benz 230SL ($80,500)
  • 1963-1967 Pontiac GTO ($100,200)
  • 1992-1995 Porsche 968 ($38,000)
  • 1985-1995 Suzuki Samurai ($10,200)
  • 2008-2012 Tesla Roadster Sport ($97,000)
  • 1975-1993 Volvo 245 ($15,800)

If you’re considering one of the vehicles on the list and have the means, it’s a good idea to act in the near future. Vehicle prices are rising due to supply chain shortages to the point that even older cars are climbing. That, plus the effects of online car auctions, have made it hard to find a good value car.

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Updated premium crossover

2022 Infiniti QX50 picks up new standard features

The new QX50 gets more tech and safety features.

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Infiniti is one of a handful of automakers that have continued developing and building cars instead of focusing only on higher-profit and much more popular SUVs and trucks. That said, Infiniti's catalog is crossover- and SUV-heavy. Its smallest and least expensive crossover, the QX50 gets a handful of new features for 2022, and today Infiniti announced pricing.

Infiniti offers the 2022 QX50 in five trims: $40,025 Pure, $43,375 Luxe, $47,825 Essential, $52,525 Sensory, and $57,975 Autograph. All trims get Infiniti's variable compression (VC-Turbo) engine that makes 268 horsepower and returns up to 26 mpg combined. The advanced engine shifts its compression ratio to match the driver's behavior. When more power is needed, the compression changes, and when efficiency is the priority, it changes again. It's a marvel of engineering, but it's not as fuel-efficient as a hybrid. Power reaches the front or all four wheels through a continuously variable transmission.

2022 Infiniti QX50 Pricing starts at around $40,000.Infiniti

Beyond the new standard features for 2022, buyers of the new QX50 will have to step up to the Luxe trim to get the most desirable features such as auto-folding exterior side mirrors, power lumbar support, and perforated leather upholstery. Standard comfort gear includes eight-way power front seats, dual-zone climate controls, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Infiniti stuck with its dual-screen infotainment configuration with the 2022 QX50. The top eight-inch screen handles wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto duties, as well as navigation. The bottom seven-inch screen handles vehicle controls, radio stations, and other settings. Though the system looks great and adds a high-tech feel to the cabin, two screens can be distracting and confusing while driving. The good news is that the QX50 gets an excellent 16-speaker Bose stereo starting with the Luxe trim.

2022 Infiniti QX50 ProPilot Assist and Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto are now standardInfiniti

The 2022 QX50 hasn't been crash tested by either major ratings organization yet, but the 2021 model performed well. It earned Good ratings in crash testes and a Superior score for its standard crash prevention systems. The 2022 QX50 comes standard with Infiniti's ProPilot Assist system, which brings advanced adaptive cruise control functions that can center the car in its lane, brake, and accelerate. Other standard tech includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, rear automatic braking, predictive forward collision warnings, and forward automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.


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