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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 BlackwingCadillac 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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The Wildcat is a new electric concept from Buick.

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Buick, the automaker whose lineup consists entirely of middle-of-the-road SUVs, has just come out with something unexpected. Today, the storied American automaker announced a new EV concept that revives a historic name from its catalog. The Wildcat was introduced in the early 1950s and has just returned on a sharp, futuristic EV.

Buick Wildcat ConceptThe car will help Buick test and validate new tech like artificial intelligence. Buick

The concept’s interior features a classic 2+2 seating configuration, with two front and two rear seats. An extended center console stretches through both rows of seating, and the cockpit-style seats feature cantilevered headrests. Buick says it focused heavily on color and the level of comfort it conveys. Green accents highlight many parts of the interior, and orange contrasts can be found throughout, including on the seatbelts.

The Wildcat features a large curved display that integrates the gauge cluster and infotainment unit into one panel. The air vents and all physical controls are hidden in an interesting and elaborate dash, and Buick says the car is designed to be a platform for future technologies like artificial intelligence, biometrics, and aromatherapy.

Buick Wildcat ConceptThe Wildcat's interior is futuristic and almost completely devoid of buttons.Buick

Buick will become an all-electric brand in the future, and though the Wildcat is just a concept, we’re likely to see many of its features make their way into production models. We don’t have any details on whether or not a version of the car will make it into production, though if it does, it’s unlikely to wear the Wildcat name, as of the automaker’s other models feature sedate names.

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Performance luxury SUV

The Cadillac Escalade-V starts at almost $150,000

The Escalade-V gets a $149,990 starting price

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Cadillac teased an ultra-powerful Escalade-V a while back, and now we have all the details. The 2023 SUV will feature a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, plenty of luxury, and a stout six-figure price tag.

The 2023 Escalade-V comes with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that makes 682 horsepower and 653 pound-feet of torque. It features a hand-built design and shares much of its underlying engineering with the CT5-V Blackwing. It's paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission and full-time active four-wheel drive.

2023 Cadillac Escalade-VUnder the hood, there's a supercharged 6.2-liter V8.Cadillac

Cadillac gives every Escalade-V air ride adaptive suspension and magnetic ride control. The driver can customize the suspension and feel using the SUV's selectable driving modes. The system can also raise or lower the ride height by to .8 inches, and the SUV comes with a launch control system that helps it get off the line with explosive speed.

Inside, the Escalade-V builds on the top trim of the standard SUV with zebra wood accents, massaging front seats, and a heated steering wheel. It's got the same amazing tech, too, with a curved OLED display that runs the length of the dash, navigation, voice commands, wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto, an augmented reality navigation system, and a 36-speaker AKG Studio stereo. Cadillac Super Cruise is available.

2023 Cadillac Escalade-VAn extended ESV variant is also available. Cadillac

The 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V goes on sale this summer. Starting pricing lands at $149,990, and Cadillac offers an extended-wheelbase ESV version of the high-performance SUV.

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