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New high-performance Cadillac sedans to wear Blackwing badging

While not much appears different on the outside, the new models are slated to have a robust powertrain.

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When the Cadillac ATS and CTS were still in production, higher performance variants of the model rolled off the assembly line with "-V" after their name. The ATS-V and CTS-V came to be known as somewhat stealthy sleeper cars with raw power and drive dynamics that squarely put the sedans in the sports car category.

Cadillac has redesigned their entire sedan lineup in recent years, dropping the ATS and CTS, and leaving a hole, especially in the sports sedan market (not that it's that big anymore). Enter: Blackwing.

2022 Cadillac CT5-V CT4-V BlackwingNew badging will be featured on the cars showing their high-performance designation.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

Though not ready to roll off the line yet, when they do, track-capable Cadillac sedans will be called the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing.

"The Blackwing name has come to represent the very best of Cadillac performance engineering, craftsmanship and technology," said Brandon Vivian, Cadillac executive chief engineer. "The new CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing build on the brand's respected legacy of ultimate-performance driving experiences and elevate them even further."

Each V-Series Blackwing model will feature a specially tuned chassis, vehicle control technologies, and engines. The models will be offered with a manual transmission.

Industry rumors are running rampant that the models will also be offered with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Speculation also suggests that the CT4-V Blackwing will have a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 under its hood while the larger CT5-V Blackwing would be powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 (those are the engines previously found in the AST-V and CTS-V). Some say that the Blackwing engine, a twin-turbo V8, might also make its way back into the lineup. Cadillac isn't officially commenting on any of these rumors.

Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing testing sedan car performancePhotographers caught the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing testing at Virginia International Raceway.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

The CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing have been undergoing testing that includes sessions at tracks and road courses around the country. Earlier this year, at Virginia International Raceway, each car set lap times seconds faster than the ATS-V and CTS-V.

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The new Z starts at under $40,000.

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The new Nissan Z is finally here, and the 400-horsepower sports car is hitting the market with a reasonable price. The car starts at just $39,990 before a $1,025 destination charge. That's significantly cheaper than the least expensive Toyota Supra for a car with impressive specs and great style.

2023 Nissan ZThe Z gets a 400-horsepower V6 from Infiniti.Nissan

The 2023 Z comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes 400 horsepower. It's paired with either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. That's the enthusiast's dream setup, and it's one of few cars available in the U.S. with a manual gearbox. The body is stiffer and features more reinforcements from prior cars, and the steering system now features electric assistance instead of hydraulics. 18-inch wheels are standard and 19-inchers are available.

When it announced the car, Nissan made a point to talk about its retro-inspired styling and classic proportions. The coupe features a sweeping roofline, a distinct front fascia, and is unmistakeably a Z car, through and through. Inside, the car features a three anlog gauges for a classic look, 12.3-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and a 9-inch touchscreen display. The cabin looks upscale and tech-forward, with deep bucket seats.

2023 Nissan ZThe 2023 Z lands this summer. Nissan

Nissan says the new Z will go on sale in summer 2022. Pricing starts at $39,990 for the base Sport trim, $49,990 for the mid-range Performance trim, and $52,990 for the limited-edition range-topping Proto Spec trim.

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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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