Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Rocks Supercharged V8

Only a few days ago, BMW revealed the M5 CS. The most powerful series-production car from the Bavarian automaker develops no fewer than 466kW (626 hp) and (750 Nm) of torque from a twin-turbo V8, but Cadillac isn’t exactly awestruck by these output figures.

Just like the CTS-V it replaces in the lineup, the CT5-V Blackwing combines a small-block V8 engine with a thumpin’ great supercharger for superlative performance. The 6.2-liter lump and Roots-type blower develop 498kW (668 hp) and 659 pound-feet (893 Nm) of torque at the crankshaft. All that fury is handled by either a six-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic tranny with blistering upshifts and downshifts.

The most powerful road-going Cadillac ever hits 60 mph (96 kph) in 3.7 seconds thanks to clever electronics and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres calibrated specifically for the CT5-V Blackwing. The 15.7-inch front rotors are said to be the largest brakes ever fitted to a series-production Cadillac, and you definitely need those big boys considering this car’s top speed.

Capable of more than 200 miles per hour (322 kilometers per hour), the CT5-V Blackwing comes standard with fourth-generation Magnetic Ride Control magnetorheological dampers. Lots of high-gloss carbon fiber is available for the exterior and interior, and the forged aluminum wheels can be swapped for magnesium wheels in order to reduce unsprung weight.

Similar to the CT4-V Blackwing that challenges the BMW M3, the mid-sized sibling is available to reserve in limited numbers. Only 250 units can be ordered and every single example is unique thanks to a serialized plaque on the high-performance steering wheel.

A two-day experience at the Cadillac V-Series Academy driving school is included in the purchase price.

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