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2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, CT4-V Blackwing bow as the most track-capable Caddies ever

Cadillac showed off its 2022 CT5-V Blackwing, and 2022 CT4-V Blackwing officially this week.

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Cadillac took all the performance know-how it has learned and put it all into the limited edition 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing and CT4-V Blackwing. The Detroit-based automaker says that the two rear-wheel drive models are the most track-capable Cadillacs ever made and set new standards for luxury and comfort.

"V-Series Blackwing stands for the very highest level of execution from Cadillac and offers a distinctly American vision of performance: incredible power and luxurious craftsmanship, with absolutely zero compromise," said Brandon Vivian, executive chief engineer, Cadillac. "We looked to our championship-winning racing heritage and brought an uncompromising eye for detail to create two cars that elevate the V-Series experience."

Both cars were tested extensively prior to their reveal. This includes 24-hour continuous track testing with the available automatic transmission, carbon fiber aero package, aluminum wheels, and carbon ceramic brakes. The team also conducted 12-hour continuous track testing with the standard manual transmission, available carbon fiber aero package, aluminum wheels, and carbon ceramic brake package.

2022  CT4-V Blackwing

2022  CT4-V Blackwing

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Cadillac has transformed its CT4 sedan into the CT4-V Blackwing by putting a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 behind the grille. It is matched with a 3D-printed standard six-speed manual transmission. A 10-speed automatic transmission is available. It achieves a maximum of 472 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque.

It has a GM-estimated top speed of 189 mpg and gets from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds when equipped with an automatic transmission.

Compared to the Cadillac ATS-V, the car has an air intake restriction improvement of 39-percent. Airflow routing volume is reduced by 60 percent when compared to a conventional design.

An electronic limited slip rear differential, advanced suspension refinements, Magnetic Ride Control 4.0, and unique structural enhancements make the car more agile and capable on the track. It has 14.96 x 1.34-inch front rotors and 13.4 x 1.1-inch rear rotors.

Both cars ride on Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires that were developed especially for them. The CT4-V Blackwing wears 275/35ZR19 in the front and 305/30ZR19 at the rear. The tires wrap around forged aluminum wheels that are 19 x 10 inches in the front and 19 x 11 inches out back.

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

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The CT5-V Blackwing starts life as a CT5 sedan variant. It has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 under the hood that is paired with a standard TREMEC six-speed manual transmission. A 10-speed automatic transmission is available. The powertrain gives drivers access to 668 horsepower and 659 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful Caddie ever.

The car has a GM-estimated top track speed over 200 mph and can get from zero to 60 in 3.7 seconds when equipped with the optional automatic transmission.

Each engine is hand-built at GM's Bowling Green Assembly facility in Kentucky and features a signed engine builder's plate.

Compared to the now-extinct Cadillac CTS-V, the CT5-V Blackwing has a 46-percent better air intake airflow. It also has a revised exhaust system compared to the traditional CT5 and strong braking provided in part by 15.67 x 1.42-inch front rotors and 14.7 x 1.1-inch rear rotors. Cadillac has given the model staggered Brembo six-piston front calipers and four-piston rear calipers. CT5-V Blackwing models have a lightweight carbon-ceramic brake package available.

The car's Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires are sized 255/35ZR18 up front and 275/35ZR18 at the rear. The tires wrap around forged aluminum wheels that are 18 x 9 inches in the front and 18 x 9.5 inches out back.

Reservations for both vehicles now available on Cadillac.com, with deliveries commencing later this summer. Initial reservations for the CT5-V Blackwing are full.

Pricing begins at $59,990 for the CT4-V Blackwing and $84,990 for the CT5-V Blackwing, which includes a $995 destination fee.

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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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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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