The 2023 Cadillac CT5 V Blackwing is a luxury sedan that will give you thrills that nothing else can. The Signature V-Series looks will get people’s attention. It has a mesh grille, airflow vents, and a rear spoiler. From the sleek driver-centered cockpit, you can control the 6.2L Supercharged V8 engine. You can get up to 668 horsepower and 659 lb-ft of torque from the engine, which is the most power Cadillac has ever made.
Feel the difference that the smooth and responsive Magnetic Ride Control makes in your everyday driving. It reads the road up to 1,000 times per second and adjusts the damping for handling.
The Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing also has Brembo high-performance brakes, better cooling, carbon-ceramic brakes, and Michelin Pilot® Sport 4S low-profile tyres, all of which add to its epic performance.
Inside the new Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, you can sit back and enjoy the Carbon Fiber accents, high-end materials, and performance seats.
2023 CT5 V Blackwing Price
|2023 CT5 V Blackwing
|Starting at $90,995
Cadillac’s high-performance V-series is led by the 2023 CT5-V Blackwing, which is our current favourite sports sedan and a two-time winner of the 10Best award for being the best in its class.
A strong 668 horsepower comes from a supercharged V-8 engine, which is paired with a six-speed manual transmission.
In our tests, that combination was fast enough to go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. A 10-speed automatic is also available, but we really want you to think about the stick.
The car’s handling is just as fun as its speed, and the CT5-V Blackwing is a good partner for experienced drivers when they push it.
It has to compete with cars like the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-AMG E63, both of which are better known. Still, the CT5-V Blackwing comes out on top in the end because of how cheap it is and how well its chassis is tuned.
The standard CT5 and the CT5-V Blackwing share the same cabin. This gives the performance sedan a pretty roomy interior with a lot of features and niceties.
The regular CT5’s cabin is made of a mix of materials, some of which are good and some of which are decidedly low-end. However, Cadillac dresses the CT5-V Blackwing better to match its much higher starting price. All models come with real leather seats that are heated, cooled, and able to be adjusted in 18 different ways. There is an option for high-performance sport seats made of leather and microfiber that come with matching door panel inserts.
The trunk of the Blackwing is the same size and shape as the trunk of the regular CT5. During our testing, we were able to fit five carry-on cases into it. A lap timer is built into the gauge display, and a performance data recorder can be added as an extra.
What’s Coming in 2023?
Cadillac will add a 120th Anniversary Edition to the CT5-V Blackwing lineup to mark the 120th anniversary of the brand. Only 120 of them will be made, and the first one sold for $250,000 at a charity auction.
The limited-edition model has special commemorative plates on the door sills and other badges built into the outside and inside design.
- New model with better performance
- Supercharged V8 with 668 horsepower
- Normal transmission is by hand
- Part of the first generation of CT5s, which came out in 2020
The 2023 CT5-V Blackwing has a displacement of 6.2 litres, 668 horsepower, and 659 lb-ft of torque, all of which are sent to the rear wheels through a standard six-speed manual transmission.
(There is an option for a 10-speed automatic.) With this much power, the Blackwing might remind you of a big body builder, but it also handles better than its 4,123-pound curb weight and huge engine would suggest.
The standard adaptive suspension keeps it balanced in corners, and the well-balanced steering and traction control make it fun to drive. If this is the last Cadillac with a gas engine, the CT5-V Blackwing is a good way to end things.
This makes it a worthy competitor to German high-performance luxury sedans like the BMW M5 and Audi RS 7, which have dominated this market for years without any real competition.
Even though the interior of the Cadillac might be a step below that of the German cars, it’s still a lot of fun to drive and gives drivers the option to row their own gears, which the Germans have stopped doing.
Check out our Expert Rating to see how much our editors like how the CT5-V Blackwing combines performance, luxury, and other things.
How do you drive the CT5-V Blackwing? Even though it’s not the fastest sedan in its class, the CT5-V Blackwing is the most fun to drive. Our test car had a six-speed manual transmission, and we were able to go from 0 to 60 mph in 4 seconds and hit nearly 124 mph in the quarter mile.
The 10-speed automatic, which is an option, promises to be even faster. As you’d expect from a big supercharged V8, power is everywhere, and the Blackwing is fast no matter what gear you’re in.
When it comes to gears, the six-speed manual transmission is thought to be one of the best on the market today. It has quick, smooth shifts and, if you want, automatic rev matching.
Both stopping and turning are very good. The Cadillac stopped from 60 mph in just 104 feet and pulled a heroic 1.08 g on our skidpad. Both of these numbers are better than what the powerful Audi RS 7 could do.
But the steering feel and performance-oriented stability control systems are even better, making it possible to drive the CT5-V aggressively but carefully and precisely. All types of drivers will be impressed and interested.
How does the CT5-V Blackwing feel? The MagneRide adaptive suspension is one of the things that makes the CT5-V stand out. The Cadillac’s ride quality and body control are very good, and even though it has a lot of power, the ride is never uncomfortable.
In the same way, the front seats strike a good balance between support and comfort. We were able to drive for a full day without feeling any pain. The heated and cooled seats heat and cool quickly and well.
The same is true for the air conditioning. It was easy to quickly heat or cool the cabin, but we don’t like how small and close together the control buttons are. But that’s just nitpicking. A quiet and well-insulated cabin adds to the comfort.
You have to be going full speed to really hear the Blackwing’s big V8 engine, but even then it sounds like a luxury performance sedan should: smooth and strong. The performance tyres make a bit of road noise, but that’s to be expected.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The CT5-V Blackwing has the same CUE infotainment system and 10.0-inch touchscreen display as the standard CT5. For drivers who don’t want to touch the screen, there is also a second rotary controller on the centre console.
Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will come standard, as will a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and the ability to charge your phone wirelessly. A Bose stereo system is an option for the standard CT5, but the Blackwing comes with a 15-speaker AKG system.
All models also come with a 12.0-inch digital gauge display and a head-up display that are unique to the V-series.
How is the space? When buying a car like the CT5-V Blackwing, storage might not be the first thing on a buyer’s mind. However, it’s important to know that the Cadillac has much less trunk space than the M5 (14 cubes) and even the smaller M3 (13 cubes).
Still, the CT5-V Blackwing’s cargo area is simple and can hold suitcases without you having to get creative with how you put them together.
There isn’t a lot of storage space inside either, especially near the manual gear lever. There are enough places for smaller things like sunglasses and access cards, but there aren’t many places for larger water bottles or things that aren’t basic personal items.
If you have kids and use car seats, there is enough room in the back of the CT5-V Blackwing for car seats of all sizes.
How well does it use gas? The EPA says that a manual-transmission CT5-V Blackwing gets 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. During our time with the Cadillac, we were able to match and even beat those numbers.
Our test car had a manual transmission and got a good 18 mpg on our 115-mile test loop. And on longer trips on the highway, the Blackwing got more than 24 mpg.
Be careful: We also saw the fuel economy drop below 5 mpg when the car was driven fast at a track day.
|6.2L Supercharged V8 Engine
|6-Speed Manual Transmission: 1870 kg (4123 lb.)
Avail. 10-Speed Automatic Transmission: 1878 kg (4142 lb.)
|0-96 KM/H ACCELERATION†
|6-Speed Manual Transmission: 3.6 seconds
Avail. 10-Speed Automatic Transmission: 3.4 seconds
|> 321 km/h
There are a lot of standard and optional driver-assistance features, but if you want the manual transmission, you can’t get some of them.
Visit the websites of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to find out how the CT5-V Blackwing did in crash tests. Most likely, the most important safety features will be:
- Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection comes as standard.
- Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Available adaptive cruise control
Coverage for Warranty and Maintenance
Compared to competitors like the M3 and the C63, the Cadillac’s standard warranty covers the powertrain for a longer time and more miles. But Cadillac only pays for the first service visit. BMW, on the other hand, covers maintenance for three years.
- Four years or 50,000 miles are covered by the limited warranty.
- The warranty on the powertrain lasts for six years or 70,000 miles.
- The first visit is free of charge for maintenance.