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  • 06/24/2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous
    SOURCE: Stefan Cross at stefan.cross@gm.com or 313-530-3884. 

    Cadillac’s fastest-ever sub-compact sport sedan, along with the supercharged CT5-V Blackwing, leverages latest aero-development technology to optimize performance

    With a Cadillac-estimated top speed of 189 mph and track-tailored chassis and suspension features, the 2022 CT4-V Blackwing is a quantifiably quick performance sedan. Its available carbon fiber packages deliver exceptional agility and confidence thanks to the reduction of lift and the increase of downforce they produce.

    Both available aero packages were developed using a new five-belt rolling-road wind tunnel at the GM Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, as well as the Windshear wind tunnel used by Cadillac Racing in North Carolina. The result is the highest level of aerodynamic downforce ever produced by a Cadillac V-Series production car.

    “Aero performance was key to helping deliver the uniquely agile, engaging driving experience in the CT4-V Blackwing,” said Scott Sier, aerodynamics performance engineer, Cadillac. “Thanks to components like the underwing, we were able to work with design to generate downforce without the use of large wings that didn’t fit with the design.”

    The available aero packages are inspired by the multiple-championship-winning Cadillac Racing DPi-V.R race car. Over 500 hours of wind tunnel testing and 300 simulations using advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics technology honed the Carbon Fiber packages on CT4-V Blackwing. The use of Virtual Reality headsets also allowed Cadillac engineers to identify opportunities in real-time to exploit additional aerodynamic efficiencies.

    The five-belt rolling road wind tunnel at the GM Technical Center allows engineers to spend more time fine-tuning aerodynamic components on full-size vehicles. The five belts provide a more accurate simulation of under-vehicle airflow than previous-generation wind tunnels.

    “We set out to create a capable and balanced performance sedan not just with mechanical grip, but aerodynamically as well,” said Tony Roma, chief engineer, Cadillac V-Series Blackwing. “With the CT4-V Blackwing we create net downforce that is incredibly rare in production vehicles. What this means is that the car gets pressed down into the road the faster you go, giving it more grip, greater stability and inspiring the driver to confidently explore its full capabilities. Not only have we produced our most track-capable sub-compact sedan ever, but we continue to work with our racing counterparts to explore the limits of physics to make better cars.”

    Aerodynamic components include:


    • Front underwing
      • Inspired by the Cadillac DPi-V.R race car, the front underwing creates a low pressure zone that helps press the car into the road and directs air to cool critical components.
      • Air strakes control airflow, directing air away from the underbody, helping create downforce and balance the vehicle.
    • Front dive planes
      • Increase grip to front tires by pushing the front down.
      • A 18 mm sidewall controls air and directs vortices downstream to better manage airflow.


    • Rear spoiler
      • Integrated to balance the car for greater stability.
      • Curvature tuned for the creation of downforce without the addition of bolt on components.
      • Features a functional 3 mm Gurney flap that helps direct airflow and assists in creating more downforce.


    • V-Series Blackwing grille mesh
      • Radius of each V-shaped inlet tuned to optimize airflow.
      • Each V-shaped inlet features two different functional textures to control and direct air.
    • Brake cooling ducts
      • 3D-printed in the General Motors Additive Manufacturing facility, these ducts keep the front and rear rotors cool even in extreme track conditions.
      • Function as a foil to direct air more efficiently around front control arms.
    • Fender vents
      • Front fender vents release pressure built up within the front wheel well to reduce lift and drag.
      • Aid in removing hot air from the engine bay.



    • Front splitter, rocker moldings and extensions, and rear diffuser
      • Help reduce lift and balance the vehicle at high speeds.



    • Flat underbody
      • Body panels help with airflow management.
    • Rear control arm covers
      • Prevent air from building up around rear wheel well and control arms.

    Carbon Fiber Package #1 includes:
    • Front dive planes
    • Underwing strakes
    • Extra-aero front splitter
    • Front wheel deflectors
    • Extra-aero rear spoiler

    Carbon Fiber Package #2 includes:
    • Rocker extensions
    • Rear valance diffuser

    In addition to its aerodynamic prowess, the CT4-V Blackwing is driven by an evolution of the Cadillac 3.6L Twin-Turbo V6, which is rated at 472 horsepower (352 kW) and 445 lb-ft of torque (603 Nm). There’s also an advanced, track-tested high-performance braking system, as well as an enhanced electronic limited-slip rear differential, optimized for each driving mode and each Performance Traction Management setting. The CT4-V Blackwing is equipped with a specially tuned fourth-generation Magnetic Ride Control (MR 4.0) as standard.

    While initial V-Series Blackwing reservations sold out quickly, a limited supply of vehicles are still available to order. Visit Cadillac.com to configure your CT4-V Blackwing or CT5-V Blackwing and connect with your preferred dealer to place an order. Vehicles will begin arriving at dealerships in late summer.




  • 04/22/2021 2:28 PM | Anonymous

  • 03/26/2021 5:26 PM | Anonymous


    SOURCE: Cadillac Pressroom - Katie Minter

    Sale of the first retail production CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing manual transmission models at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in Arizona raised $430,000 for Black Ambition, a PolicyLink nonprofit initiative launched by Pharrell Williams to help bridge the racial wealth and equity gap.

    The full hammer price for the 472-horsepower, twin-turbocharged CT4-V Blackwing VIN 001 and the 668-horsepower, supercharged CT5-V Blackwing VIN 001 goes to Black Ambition as Barrett-Jackson waived the fees and commissions typically associated with their collector car auctions.

    The high bidders also received tickets to an exclusive driving experience at Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club in Nevada as well as tickets to an upcoming IMSA race.

    “Everyone at Cadillac and GM is proud of the results and what the sale of these new CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing models will mean for others through Black Ambition,” said Melissa Grady, Cadillac chief marketing officer. “We are proud to support this nonprofit initiative to help reduce barriers, improve access to capital and provide mentorship to up-and-coming entrepreneurs.”

    Black Ambition is a startup incubator for Black and Latinx entrepreneurs who are launching tech, design, health care and consumer product/service businesses. Prize money awarded by the organization in business competitions is used as capital by the winning recipients to help get their startup off the ground.

    The money raised by the Cadillac Blackwing sales will go toward Black Ambition’s prize awards.

    About the Blackwings

    The 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing and CT4-V Blackwing represent the pinnacle of Cadillac performance and craftsmanship, leveraging championship-winning racing heritage to create the most track-capable Cadillacs ever, while continuing to set new standards for luxury and comfort.

    “These exciting and engaging sports sedans channel Cadillac’s racing history, which began in 1949, and has seen sustained success over the last two decades,” said Brandon Vivian, executive chief engineer, Cadillac. “These V-Series Blackwing models were developed with driver engagement and performance at the top of mind, each building on the already excellent performance dynamics of the CT5-V and CT4-V to create the top tier of the Cadillac sedan lineup.”

    The CT5-V Blackwing uses an upgraded 6.2L supercharged V-8 that, thanks to a higher flow air intake and revised exhaust system, is rated at 668 horsepower (498 kW) and 659 lb-ft of torque (893 Nm), making it the most powerful production Cadillac ever.

    The CT4-V Blackwing includes an evolution of the Cadillac 3.6L Twin-Turbo V-6 that features revised control system software and an improved air intake system to create 472 horsepower (352 kW) and 445 lb-ft of torque (603 Nm), making it the most powerful Cadillac ever in its class.

    Both vehicles are offered with a six-speed manual transmission or an available 10-speed automatic transmission; and standard Magnetic Ride Control 4.0, the world’s fastest-reacting suspension technology.

    The 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing and CT4-V Blackwing go on sale late summer with extremely limited availability. Interested customers should visit their Cadillac dealer or Cadillac.com to sign up for updates and to learn more.


  • 03/26/2021 3:35 PM | Anonymous
    Cadillac Logo

    Video of Pit Crew discussing the meaning of V-Series Blackwing
    V-SERIES BLACKWING PIT CREW: THE MINDS BEHIND THE MACHINES
    Every race car driver knows the right pit crew is integral to taking home the gold. So we're bringing you exclusive interviews with the Pit Crew behind the CT4-V Blackwing™ and CT5-V Blackwing. Join Felipe Nasr, IMSA WeatherTech® SportsCar Champion and Cadillac Racing driver, as he takes you behind the scenes with the designers and engineers responsible for Cadillac's track-capable luxury performance vehicles.
    https://www.cadillac.com/meet-blackwing-pit-crew
    CT4-V BLACKWING
    SMALLER & NIMBLER
    CT4-V Blackwing passenger side three-quarter view
    ENGINE
    Cadillac Exclusive Twin-Turbo V6
    POWER
    472 horsepower and 445 lb.-ft. of torque*
    ACCELERATION
    0–60 mph in 3.8 seconds*
    TOP SPEED
    > 189 mph^ on the race track
    Fastest, most powerful and most track-capable Cadillac ever in its class
    CT5-V BLACKWING
    LARGER & MORE POWERFUL
    CT5-V Blackwing driver side three-quarter view
    ENGINE
    Hand-built 6.2L Supercharged V8
    POWER
    668 horsepower and 659 lb.-ft. of torque*
    ACCELERATION
    0–60 mph in 3.7 seconds*
    TOP SPEED
    > 200 mph^ on the race track
    Fastest, most powerful and most track-capable Cadillac ever Available Carbon Ceramic Brake System, a Cadillac first

     

     

    REFINEMENT
    Overhead view of the driver seat, center console and gear shifter inside the CT5-V Blackwing
    ELICIT ENVY ON THE TRACK AND IN TRAFFIC
    With a taste for the finer things, including luxury watches and Cadillac sedans, Felipe Nasr can attest that performance and refinement go hand in hand. While the V-Series Blackwing vehicles dominate on the track, they also offer a refined daily drive you'd expect from Cadillac. Stunning fastback design and advanced engine power pair with premium interior features like bolstered performance seating and carbon fiber, sueded microfiber, and custom leather quilting and perforation applications. High-end finishes and hidden design cues also await discovery.
    LEARN MORE
    LEGACY
    V-Series Blackwing logo
    WHAT'S IN A NAME?
    The Blackwing name, a nod to the mythical birds in the original Cadillac crest, symbolizes an idea taking flight. It's the ultimate expression of Cadillac performance, craftsmanship and technology, steeped in legacy and reinforced by decades of racing credibility. Two vehicles are worthy of this exclusive designation: the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing—the pinnacle of luxury performance.
    DISCOVER CADILLAC RACING HERITAGE

     

    UP NEXT
    POWER AND AERODYNAMICS
    A thumbnail of the upcoming video about V-Series Blackwing power Stay tuned for the next segment, where Performance Variant Manager Mirza Grebovic and Exterior Design Manager Josh Thurber discuss engine power and aerodynamics.
    Headshot of IMSA Sportscar Champion and Cadillac Racing driver Felipe Nasr
    FELIPE NASR CADILLAC RACING CHAMPION
    Headshot of Performance Variant Manager Mirza Grebovic
    MIRZA GREBOVIC PERFORMANCE VARIANT MANAGER
    Headshot of Exterior Design Manager Josh Thurber
    JOSH THURBER EXTERIOR DESIGN MANAGER








  • 02/05/2021 2:02 PM | Anonymous


    2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing
    Cadillac is relying on a familiar powertrain for the CT4-V Blackwing. Specifically, it will be powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6. It is the same engine that powered the ATS-V. The CT4-V Blackwing is showing the same LF4 RPO code that the ATS-V utilized. The ATS-V was rated at 464 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque and the CT4-V Blackwing will be slightly higher than those figures. The CT4-V Blackwing will have a top speed of 189 mph and go from zero to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. The ATS-V was around a 4.0 second car, so a 3.8 sprint is somewhat expected with a more modern automatic.

    The CT4-V Blackwing will offer two transmission options. The standard transmission will be a six-speed manual, while a 10-speed automatic 10L90E will remain optional. The Blackwing cars will have GM’s FE4 performance suspension setup standard, along with an electronic limited slip differential. Brembo brakes, a rear differential cooler and launch control are also found on the standard feature list of the CT4-V Blackwing.

    CT4-V Blackwing buyers will also have the option of two different carbon fiber exterior appearance packages and Cadillac is also offering optional magnesium wheels.

    Click here to view the CT4-V Blackwing order guide.

    Click here to view the CT4-V Blackwing Online Brochure


    2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing
    The CT5-V Blackwing also has a familiar engine under the hood. The LT4 is a hand-built supercharged 6.2-liter V-8. It is the same LT4 V-8 that powered the CTS-V and the ZL1. The CT5-V Blackwing will have the fastest road racing track time of any V-Series car ever. In addition, it will go zero to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 200 mph.

    The power output of the LT4 is estimated at 670hp. The power will flow through a six-speed manual or optional 10-speed 10L90E automatic.  The CT5-V Blackwing will also feature FE4 performance suspension, launch control, rear differential cooler and Brembo brakes standard. One area of differentiation between the two vehicles is the fact that CT5-V Blackwing buyers will have the option to upgrade to cross-drilled carbon ceramic brakes at all four corners. The CT5-V Blackwings also include the option to upgrade to carbon fiber exterior appearance packages and magnesium wheels.

    Click here to view the CT5-V Blackwing order guide.

    Click here to view the CT5-V Blackwing Online Brochure

  • 02/01/2021 7:00 PM | Anonymous


    The 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing and CT4-V Blackwing represent the pinnacle of Cadillac performance and craftsmanship, combining championship-winning racing heritage with luxury and comfort to create the most track-capable Cadillacs ever.

    Highlights include:

    • Evolutions of the track-ready Cadillac 6.2L Supercharged V8 in the CT5-V Blackwing (668 horsepower) and 3.6L Twin-Turbo V-6 (472 horsepower) in the CT4-V Blackwing
    • A six-speed manual transmission is standard on both models; a 10-speed automatic with paddle-shifters is available on both
    • An Electronic Limited Slip Rear Differential is standard on both vehicles and features a lighter-weight aluminum housing and enhancements designed to improve track performance
    • Advanced suspension refinements provide greater body control and a more agile feel
    • Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 with Blackwing-specific tuning sharpens the balance between daily-driving comfort and high-performance track capability
    • Unique, purposeful exterior elements, including specific grilles, rear spoiler, front splitter, mid-body panels, rear diffuser, fender vents, rocker extensions and more, all shaped in the wind tunnel to help reduce lift on a track or support propulsion system cooling
    •  Available, wind-tunnel-tested carbon fiber packages that reduce lift on a track, compared to the models’ respective standard aero packages — including a 214 percent reduction in lift on the CT4-V Blackwing
    • Interiors that have been elevated to new levels of functionality, finish and refinement. Uplevel trims feature available bookmatched carbon fiber seatbacks and premium leathers, as well as additional carbon fiber and sueded interior trim. V-Series Blackwing vehicles will also be available with a premium AKG audio system


  • 01/21/2021 10:40 PM | Anonymous


    Today Cadillac has revealed the final teaser in an ongoing teaser campaign. Through this campaign Cadillac has shared many special details with the customer and created excitement in preparation for reveal.

    After the livestream reveal on February 1, customers interested in a 2022 model year CT4-V Blackwing or CT5-V Blackwing will have the opportunity to reserve their preferred vehicle starting at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT on Cadillac.com.

    By using the Reserve Yours page, customers can make a reservation for one of the first 250 CT4-V Blackwings or 250 CT5-V Blackwings built. Given their limited quantity and collectible nature, all V-Series Blackwing vehicles are Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) sequenced by year, model and transmission. A portion of the VIN sequence is commemorated on a unique serialized plate located at the bottom of the available high-performance steering wheel. All Reserve Yours customers will receive this high-performance steering wheel and serial number plate.

    “Just like fine jewelry comes with engraved serial numbers, we’re treating these V-Series Blackwing vehicles with the same level of exclusivity,” said Brandon Vivian, executive chief engineer, Cadillac. “These are meticulously crafted products with incredible attention to detail, and we’re excited for enthusiasts to start experiencing the cars for themselves.”

    The Reserve Yours requires a $1,000 reservation amount that is refundable. If interested customers are not able to successfully reserve one of the first 250 of their preferred model, they’ll have the opportunity to sign-up for a waitlist and be contacted by their preferred dealer as soon as more vehicles become available.

    Additionally, included in the purchase of a CT4-V Blackwing or CT5-V Blackwing, customers will receive an two-day experience at Cadillac’s V-Series Academy driving school at the Spring Mountain Raceway in Pahrump, Nevada.

    Complete vehicle details on both ultra-high-performance sedans will become available on Monday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT during the livestream reveal event. Viewers can tune in to the reveal.

  • 12/10/2020 8:58 AM | Anonymous

    Today Cadillac has released the fifth image in the V-Series Blackwing teaser series. Here's a preview of the unique 3D printed emblem on the manual shifter. The manual transmissions on the V-series Blackwing models will be equipped with Cadillac’s first 3D-printed parts.



    The V-Series Blackwing models will be the first GM production products to have parts created using additive manufacturing, including a unique 3D-printed emblem atop the manual shifter knob. In addition, two HVAC ducts and an electrical harness bracket are also 3D-printed parts. By leveraging additive manufacturing the team was able to reduce costs and innovate upon the manual transmission, a feature that continues to be a strong desire for many performance driving enthusiasts.

    In a recent Harris Poll study conducted on behalf of Cadillac about the current knowledge and adoption of the manual transmission, Cadillac found that 66 percent of American adults surveyed know how to drive a manual. Of those who do not know how to drive a manual, roughly 40 percent are either a least somewhat or very interested in learning.

    • Interest in driving or learning to drive a manual is higher among those with $75K+ in annual household income (64% interested) and those between 18-34 in age (62% interested).
    • More than half (55%) of American adults say they have owned or leased a car with a manual transmission.
    • Two-thirds of American adults know how to drive a stick and more are interested in learning

    Images and press releases are available on https://media.cadillac.com/media/us/en/cadillac/home.html 

  • 10/29/2020 4:06 AM | Anonymous

    CT4-V BLACKWING & CT5-V BLACKWING

    Ultimate performance on the track meets ultimate refinement on the road in the fourth-generation V-Series.

    Click here to learn more!

  • 09/29/2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous


    Cadillac is excited to reveal our third teaser around the V-Series Blackwing models. We are intentionally taking this time leading up to reveal as a great storytelling opportunity. These models have so many unique performance features and this cadence allows us to give our customers a behind the scenes look at the level of detail that goes into the development of these models.

    The top tier racing-inspired seats in the 2022 CT5-V Blackwing. The seatback is carbon fiber, which reduces vehicle mass, and features a precision bookmatched design and laser-etched V-Series logo. The seats also include numerous other customer-centric innovations and features.


    CT5-V Blackwing Teaser – Q&A

    Q: What does this photo show me? What is special?
    A: This is an image of the top tier racing-inspired seats in the 2022 CT5-V Blackwing. The seatback is carbon fiber, which reduces vehicle mass, and features a laser-etched V-Series logo. The seats also include performance shoulder cut-outs, among other customer-centric features.  

    Q: What is notable about the carbon fiber?
    A: The carbon fiber seatback is a a precision formed component bookmatched along the center line of the seat and includes a laser etched V-Series logo consistent with the high-quality materials and executions that are integrated throughout the V-Series Blackwing vehicles. In addition to giving the interior a beautiful design aesthetic, the carbon fiber seatback also sheds weight (.906Kg) in the CT5-V Blackwing.

    Q: Will these seats be offered on both the CT5-V Blackwing and CT4-V Blackwing? Which is pictured here?
    A: These specific seats will only be available on the CT5-V Blackwing (pictured here). The CT4-V Blackwing will offer different top tier racing inspired seats.  

    Q: Are these seats standard or optional?
    A: These are optional top tier racing-inspired seats on the CT5-V Blackwing.

    Q: Are these seats specifically designed for racing?
    A: While these seats are inspired by Cadillac’s DPi race cars, they provide a unique blend of comfort and performance benefits that will be enjoyable for everyday driving and as well as the track. 

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