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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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The Acura Integra is coming back in 2022

This is all we know about the new Integra's styling.

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Secrets are hard to keep these days. It seems like new products always end up being leaked by one of the hundreds of people involved in the development process, to the point that even the most secretive companies have a hard time unveiling a product that people don't already know about. That wasn't the case this week, though. After announcing the final version of its NSX supercar at Monterey Car Week, Acura took to the skies with an impressive drone show that eventually spelled out a message no one expected to see: The Integra is coming back in 2022.



The original car launched in 1986, and its legend grew over time. After accumulating dozens of awards and spawning an entire industry around customizing and enhancing the Integra, Honda and Acura discontinued the car in 2001. We saw a successor to the crown in the Acura RSX for a few short years afterward, but it's been 15 years since a small, tossable sports car has graced the Acura catalog. Granted, Honda has been on a tear with the Civic Si and Civic Type-R, but there has been a hole in the Acura lineup for some time now.


Acura Integra The original Integra is the stuff of legend.Acura


Waiting is the hardest part, as they say. Other than the gorgeous drone display and tantalizingly mysterious teaser photo, we know nothing, which is a difficult spot to be as a car enthusiast. There are a few details, though. The car will return in 2022 as a "compact premium entrant," according to the press release. Company VP and Acura Brand Officer Jon Ikeda also said that the car is "returning to the Acura lineup with the same fun-to-drive spirit and DNA of the original, fulfilling our commitment to Precision Crafted Performance in every way – design, performance and the overall driving experience."

Given parent company Honda's success with performance versions of the Civic, we're optimistic that the 2022 Integra will put its compact dimensions to good use on the road and on the track. We'll have to be patient, though, because official details won't become available until closer to the car's introduction in 2022.


2022 Acura Integra Acura shared the new Integra's logo.Acura

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder arrives on dealer lots this summer.

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder doesn't have to be capable of rock crawling or deep water fording. What it has to do is service the needs of families in their daily life and give them the opportunity to competently go off-roading on rocky trails should they desire. The new, fifth-generation models does just that and adds in enough nifty features to make it among the most compelling choices for three-row SUV buyers.

The 2022 Pathfinder is thoroughly modern though not the boxy off-roader it once was. The SUV's styling harkens back to that time with a tilted, darkened C-pillar and a return to a more muscular body style. That styling makes straightforward visibility good but for shorter drivers seeing what is immediately in front of the grille is a challenge that necessitates using surround view camera technology (available only in upper trim levels) when navigating challenging terrain.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder can easily handle the roads less traveled.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V6 that offers up 291 horsepower and torque - plenty to do the job without complaint. The SUV's nine-speed automatic transmission replaces the continuously variable transmission (CVT) from the previous generation and delivers smooth shifts. Though low-end torque isn't as robust as I like it to be, once up over 35 mph, the Pathfinder's powertrain delivers smooth, powerful sailing.

The redesigned architecture and components underpinning the Pathfinder make it stable on the road and don't allow it to wallow on winding roads. Even off-road, the suspension provides the right blend of stability while the drive dynamics allowing the driver to feel engaged with their surroundings whether on freshly paved roads, city streets, or muddy trails.

Nissan has given the Pathfinder a 6,000-pound towing capacity and even when maxed out the engine's functionality is strong as ever. The transmission can get held up in a gear mid-range when performing this function, however, with 5,000-6,000 rpms registering on the tachometer but a quick release of the gas pedal recalibrates the offering bringing it down to a more traditional 2,000 rpm range.

The eight-seater Pathfinder clearly has the Toyota Highlander in its sights, with good reason. It's the top-selling three-row SUV in the country. Nissan boasts that three adults can fit across the rear bench seat of the Pathfinder and, as long as they're average size or smaller, the marketing talking point holds up. There is gobs more room back there than there is in the Highlander.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Nissan has given the Pathfinder ample cargo space.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Getting in and out of the third row is easy thanks to one-touch buttons on the outboard side of the second-row chairs that move the SUV's captain's seats forward creating enough room to get through to the back. Smartly, Nissan's engineers have put duplicates of these buttons on the back side of the same seats allowing third-row passengers to simply press the button to move the seat up.

The third row can also be accessed via a split between the captain's chairs as well, a space traditionally occupied by a center stowage bin/cup holders/arm rest. Owners can quickly remove the center console by opening a panel on the front and pulling the release mechanism. The one-handed operation takes seconds and the console can be easily stored in the under-floor trunk space behind the third row seat for ease.

Speaking of cargo space... The Pathfinder is one of the most spacious midsize SUVs on the market today for both passengers and cargo. There is a substantial amount of room behind the third-row seat and the under-floor storage area is nearly twice the size of the one in the Highlander. Plus, it has a feature that allows the area cover to be automatically propped up when pushed up by a user. This is especially help when carrying groceries or plants home and keeps them from being crushed.

The first- and second-row seats are suitably comfortable, even for extended periods of time and standard trig-zone climate control makes finding the right in-cabin mix easy. Bottle holders in the pockets of the front doors are exceptionally large, fitting even bulky water bottles.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder's front row seats are comfortable.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

In front of the driver is a standard tachometer, speedometer, and 7.0-inch driver information display. Buyers can upgrade to a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster and head-up display but they're not reason enough to upgrade to the top-tier Pathfinder Platinum on their own.

Nissan packs the new Pathfinder with a host of desirable features that make living with the Pathfinder easier including one-touch auto up/down windows, a wireless phone charger, grocery hooks in the rear cargo area, USB ports in all three rows, second-row sunshades, rear door keyless entry, wireless Apple CarPlay, and a motion-activated lift gate.

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is priced to start at $33,410 for the two-wheel drive S base model and $35,310 for the four-wheel drive S base model. The model tops out around $50,000 with destination and delivery included, which seems fair when comparing the Pathfinder to other vehicles in the market.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 pounds.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

If you're thinking of purchasing a Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Honda Pilot, or Highlander, do yourself a favor and schedule a test drive of the new Pathfinder when it arrives at a dealer lot near you. You may just be surprised how seamlessly it fits into your daily life compared to the competition.

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