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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

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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

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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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Bugatti is selling just 40 Divos worldwide.

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Only 40 Bugatti Divos will be made. Four of them were recently delivered to U.S. customers. The latest customized version of the supercar to be delivered by the French automaker pushed the limits of what the Bugatti craftspeople are capable of. As company founder Ettore Bugatti once said: "If it is comparable, it is no longer Bugatti."

Meet the Bugatti Divo named "Lady Bug".

The Divo premiered in 2018 and shortly thereafter a prospective buyer and noted collector from the U.S. approached Bugatti with an idea in mind. They wanted a strict geometric pattern that featured diamond shapes in a unique color contrast on their Divo. The Bugatti design and development team set about figuring out how to make that happen.

Bugatti Divo "Lady Bug" design process

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Two special metallic paint colors were developed: Customer Special Red and Graphite. The diamond pattern was designed to run precisely from the front over the sides to the rear – matching the silhouette of the Divo.

Bugatti's team spend a year-and-a-half to develop and implement the technical and graphic solutions the Divo owner required. Adding the diamonds to the car was far more complex than they expected. They would have to be painted onto the body with precision and exact definition.

What made it so hard? According to Bugatti, "the digital patterns in the CAD program bear little resemblance to reality: owing to the three-dimensional, sculptural form of the Divo with its contours, curves and ribs, the 2D-printed diamonds became distorted on the surface of the exclusive hyper sports car. As a result, they had to be digitally modified."

Being off by as little as one millimeter would ruin the entire visual effect. The total would be 1,600 diamonds by the time the pattern was fully executed.

Weeks later, designers discovered a way to match the CAD data with reality. They ended up being able to pull the film over the deeply concave surfaces of the Divo without the diamonds becoming distorted or developing folds.

Bugatti Divo "Lady Bug" graphics application

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During the pattern's development, a test car was used to perfect the pattern. After the initial steps of the application process were applied to the customer's Divo, Bugatti's team need to remove each diamond. Graphite paint and a clearcoat were applied on top of the effect paint in Customer Special Red in order to invert the pattern. As part of this process, the paintwork was sanded, smoothed, checked, retouched and then re-sanded. All in, the total time spent on the paint on the customer's car alone was two weeks.

"Every Bugatti Divo is one of a kind. With the custom-made 'Lady Bug', Bugatti has demonstrated the full range of its customization expertise. What initially seemed impossible was executed to perfection by the designers and developers in collaboration with the customer," says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti."We are proud to have matched the customer's personal taste and expectations with this unique Divo. The car really demonstrates what the marque is capable of in terms of creativity and craftsmanship."

Bugatti Divo "Lady Bug"

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There were no changes to the car's W16 powertrain for the project.

Each Divo is priced at $5.6 million USD but buyers pay more depending on which options they choose. All Divos are produced by the Bugatti Alelier in Molsheim. The first deliveries of the supercar happened in August 2020. All models will hav been delivered by this spring.

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The Alfa Romeo Giulia is one of the models that can be found on the new CPO website.

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Customers looking for certified pre-owned Alfa Romeos no longer need to pay a visit to their dealership, browse the lot, and keep their fingers crossed. The Italian automaker has launched a new version of its certified pre-owned vehicles website.

The new site allows buyers to locate, research, and purchase late-model certified pre-owned Alfas from wherever their smart device will connect to the internet.

Every Alfa Romeo certified pre-owned vehicle passes a certification process followed by a thorough reconditioning process using authentic Mopar parts. The certification process includes a 169-point inspection including a diagnostic review, service and maintenance background verification, and examination of the interior, exterior, undercarriage, unibody and multimedia.

The Alfa Romeo website now has a certified pre-owned vehicles section.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

Certified Alfas are sold with a factory-backed five-year/100,000-mile Maximum Care Warranty that includes a $0 customer deductible that starts the date of the vehicle sale. Buyers can choose to upgrade that to an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty. Maximum Care Warranties cover over 5,000 mechanical parts.

A CARFAX Vehicle History Report is also included, as is a three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM.Twenty-four hour roadside assistance that includes flat tire service, gas delivery, battery-jump assistance, lockout service, towing service and rental car allowance is also part of the package.

As with a new vehicle, multiple financing options are available.

Don't want to shop in person? Alfa Romeo's E-Shop option allows buyers to locate, research and purchase vehicles from home, as well as take advantage of home delivery.

The updated alfaromeousacertified.com website can now also be accessed via the alfaromeousa.com homepage.

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