Such a Tease

Cadillac revealing new V-Series Blackwing sports cars on February 1, releases teaser video

New Cadillac V-Series vehicles will be revealed February 1.

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The 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing finally have a debut date - February 1. The two new V-Series models will represent the pinnacle of on-road performance from the Cadillac brand when they hit the market later this year.

A preview of the models will occur two days earlier, on January 29, during the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The company's cars will play a starring role in two Action Express teams' quests for victory. The first team will include reigning NASCAR champion Chase Elliot, Brazilian races Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani, and British racer Mike Conway in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R. The second Caddie the team will field will be driven by multi-time NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson, French IndyCar champion Simon Pagenaud, former F1 racer Kamui Kobayashi, and Audi factory driver Mike Rockenfeller.

Cadillac has slowly been rolling out teasers for the cars, which are based on the CT4 and CT5 sedans. First were pictures of camouflaged versions of the vehicles testing at Virginia International Raceway. Then came word that the cars will have a new steering wheel designed with performance and ergonomics in mind. They also will have V-Mode, a Performance Traction Management system, and a specially tuned chassis, specific vehicle control technologies, and unique engines.

We know now know that Cadillac CT-5 Blackwing will feature racing-inspired seats. According to the automaker, "The carbon fiber seat back will feature a precision book-matched design and laser-etched V-Series logo. The seats will also include other customer-centric innovations and features that will be announced at a later date."

The two cars will be the only General Motors products to offer magnesium wheels for the foreseeable future.

Cadillac's Blackwings will come standard with a six-speed manual transmission. The gearbox will be just one of the 3D-printed parts inside the car.

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Cadillac will be the first brand with Ultra Cruise

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Tesla has been in hot water for a while now for shenanigans pulled by owners abusing the automaker's advanced cruise control functions. While the company's Full Self Driving (FSD) tech isn't quite ready for primetime, other automakers are catching up – quickly. Today, General Motors announced Ultra Cruise, its advanced driver assistance tech that promises to allow hands-free driving in 95 percent of driving scenarios.

Ultra Cruise Ultra Cruise will build on Super Cruise functionality.General Motors

GM notes that its goal is to eventually roll the service out to all paved roads in the U.S. and Canada. When it launches, the service will work on over two million miles of roads, which could nearly double as the program expands.

Ultra Cruise will offer a host of automated driving features that build on Super Cruise:

  • Dynamic display system
  • Ability to react to permanent traffic control devices
  • Follow internal navigation routes
  • Maintain headway and follow speed limits
  • Support automatic, on-demand lane changes
  • Support left and right turns
  • Support close object avoidance
  • Support parking in residential driveways

The system uses LiDAR, radar, and cameras to build a 360-degree, three-dimensional picture of the world around it. An additional LiDAR unit is located behind the windshield. GM notes that a big part of the system is its Human Machine Interface (HMI), which communicates with the driver to alert them when they need to take control. Ultra Cruise-equipped vehicles will do this with a head-up display that helps drivers stay focused on the road, and will use the same driver monitoring cameras that are used in Super Cruise.

Ultra Cruise Ultra Cruise will enable hands-free driving in the majority of driving scenarios.General Motors

Ultra Cruise will first be available in Cadillac vehicles starting from 2023. There's no word on pricing or specific vehicle availability at this time.

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New American supercar

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 gets reveal date

Chevy draws a line from the Z06 directly to its racing program.

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The new Chevrolet Corvettewas a revelation when it was finally announced. The car brought a mid-engine design to the Corvette line for the first time, and put decades of speculation over the shift to bed. We've all known that Chevrolet would eventually release an even higher performance Z06 version of the car, but now we know the date. The automaker just announced that the car will be revealed on October 26.

To build hype for the car's announcement, Chevy released a short teaser video of the Z06 tearing around the Nurburgring. It's clear from the film that the car we'll see in October will be a different beast from its standard predecessor, which mainly comes down to a big change in its powertrain.


2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 The new car will be revealed in October.Chevrolet


The new Z06 is expected to feature a flat-plane crank V8 that will allow it to rev to 8500 or 9000 RPM. The car should see in excess of 600 horsepower from its howling V8, which will be sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.



As it has done with other Z06 models, Chevy will bolster the Corvette's suspension and brakes to accommodate higher speeds and the jump in power. The car will be able to carry more speed into corners and stop in a shorter distance than its standard counterpart, which will improve its lap times at the track. Various active and fixed aerodynamics components are also expected.

The C8 Corvette's interior is anything but boring, and the Z06 will carry on with that tradition. We'll still see the long center strip of buttons and controls, along with a digital gauge cluster and nicely upholstered sport seats. The Z06 will most likely get more in the way of carbon fiber and race-inspired trim pieces, but the layout won't deviate from the standard car to a great degree.


2023 Chevrolet Corvette The Z06 will be powered by a flat-plane crank V8.Chevrolet

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