GM’s Latest Sketch Begs To Become The New Cadillac XLR
GM’s design Instagram page loves to hit us with some random sketches. It’s almost like they pay someone just to sketch out crazy stuff. Sometimes they hint at something realistic like this one that looked like a larger Cadillac Lyriq. Other times they are just outlandish design concepts like the self-driving gamer car that we laid eyes on in March 2021. This latest design, however, is something that could actually have potential even though it probably, most certainly doesn’t.
2021 Cadillac Escalade - Driven
The Escalade hasn’t had an easy life. It started as a ripped-off GMC Yukon back in the 90s, but was soon spun off as a standalone SUV. That didn’t change its fortunes either. It was never perceived as a strong contender in the market despite having its own set of advantages. This went on for three generations but GM didn’t give up on the moniker. For the 2021 model, the automaker decided to up the ante and how. For the fifth-gen, Cadillac turned the Escalade into a big, attention-seeking SUV with oodles of space inside and a tech-savvy cabin. Stuff like a 38-inch screen, 36-speaker setup, and Super Cruise technology, are only some of its accolades. Can fifth time be the charm for Cadillac and the Escalade?
The Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Might Be Expensive, But Its Engine Will Be Hand-Built AMG Style
AMG’s engines have been at the forefront of high-performance for as long as we can remember. The way these engines are built plays a huge role in building and maintaining their status in the car world: each engine is assembled by one technician, under AMG’s “One man, one engine” philosophy. If recent reports are true, Cadillac wants to take the same approach with the CT5-V Blackwing.
Cadillac Could Have Made The CT5-V Blackwing Better, But Packaging Got In The Way
With a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine that produces 668 horsepower and 659 pound-feet of torque, the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing is the most powerful and most track-capable Cadillac model the automaker has ever made. The LT4 engine deserves a lion’s share of the credit for that, but if Cadillac really wanted to raise the CT5-V Blackwing’s output figures to full-fledged supercar heights, the 6.2-liter supercharged LT5 engine could have been offered in the CT5-V Blackwing. Caddy ultimately decided against using the LT5 engine, in part because of the myriad of issues that would’ve cut into the appeal of the CT5-V Blackwing.
Cadillac Will Make More Blackwing Models, But SUVs Are Off The Table
Cadillac is riding on the success of its Blackwing nameplate with plans to introduce more Blackwing models in the future. The CT4-V and the CT5-V are the only two Caddy models that come with a Blackwing variant. The rest of Cadillac’s lineup consists of SUVs — the XT4, XT5, XT6, and Escalade — and the automaker has already said that an Escalade Blackwing is out of the question. So if there are going to be more Blackwing Caddys it’s likely that those models don’t exist yet.
If you’re a Descendent of Edward Scissorhands, The Cadillac LYRIQ Is For You
Remember Edward Scissorhands from the namesake 1990 film? Well, Cadillac has introduced the character 30 years later to advertise its recently unveiled all-electric SUV, the Lyriq. It’s not Johnny Depp this time around; Timothée Chalamet has reprised the role of Depp and Winona Ryder’s son, Edgar, who has inherited his dad’s scissor hands and suffers from the same difficulty of doing the basic tasks around. A different scenario in a different generation, but everything in this one-minute long ad falls in place.
2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Performance Rundown: How Does It Compare to The BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E63?
One of Cadillac’s most iconic modern cars, the CTS-V went into the history books in 2019, leaving the American brand without a performance midsize sedan after 15 years. The supercharged V-8 four-door returned in 2021, this time around under the CT5-V Blackwing badge. It’s powered by the same 6.2-liter V-8 as its predecessor, but it packs more oomph and more modern tech, looking to take on the popular BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E63. But is it powerful and quick enough to give its German competitors a run for their money? Let’s find out in the comparison below.
2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing Performance Rundown: How Does It Compare to BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63
Cadillac is back in the performance game with the CT4-V Blackwing. A spiritual successor to the ATS-V, discontinued in 2019, the Blackwing marks Cadillac’s return to the high-performance compact segment. Main entries in this market include the BMW M3, Mercedes-AMG C63, and Audi RS4. The latter is not available in the U.S., so the Blackwing will face competition from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Is Cadillac’s hot sedan for it? Is it powerful and quick enough to give its German competition a run for its money? Let’s find out.
2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing
The 2021 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing is a high-performance version of the company’s midsize sedan. It’s the range-topping version of the current CT5 and slots above CT5-V in terms of power. Performance-wise, the 2022 CT5-V Blackwing is the first true successor to the CTS-V, as the CT5-V doesn’t fill the bill with its V-6 engine. On top of a powerful V-8 engine rated at 668 horsepower, the 2022 CT5-V Blackwing also features a more aggressive exterior and a revised interior with unique features and upgrades. Find out what to expect from this beefed-up sedan from our review below.
2021 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing
The 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing is a high-performance version of the company’s compact four-door sedan. A successor to the ATS-V that was discontinued in 2019, the 2022 CT4-V Blackwing sits at the top of the range, superseding the existing CT4-V. The 2022 CT4-V Blackwing was unveiled alongside the CT5-V Blackwing, but unlike the midsize sedan, it doesn’t feature a supercharged V-8. Instead, the high-performance compact packs a twin-turbo V-6, just like its predecessor. The 2022 CT4-V Blackwing arrives to tackle the all-popular BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63. What makes it stand out over the CT4-V? Let’s find out in the review below.
2021 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing
The 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing is an upcoming, high-performance version of the company’s compact four-door sedan. A successor to the ATS-V, discontinued in 2019, the 2022 CT4-V Blackwing will sit at the top of range, superseding the existing CT4-V. The 2022 CT4-V Blackwing will be unveiled alongside the CT5-V Blackwing on February 1, 2021. Unlike the midsize sedan, the 2022 CT4-V Blackwing won’t feature a supercharged V-8. Instead, the high-performance compact will make use of a twin-turbo V-6 to tackle the all-popular BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63. What makes it stand out over the CT4-V? Let’s find out in the speculative review below.
2021 Cadillac XT6 - Driven
The Cadillac XT6 is a fairly new kid on the block. It is a full-fledged three-row SUV that comes with a smart exterior, a host of features inside the cabin, and two different engine options to choose from. For the 2021 model year, the company has introduced a new base trim with a four-cylinder engine option.
The higher trims, however, come with the big V-6 that is neither fuel-efficient nor too powerful. Even on paper, it doesn’t feel as accomplished as the BMW X5 and the Audi Q7. The XT6 doesn’t feel like a threat to its German counterparts, but it’s still an all-rounded SUV that offers a lot of bang for the buck. Can Cadillac make the XT6 a threatening proposition in the coming years?
If You Want to Get One of the First Cadillac CT5-V Blackwings, You Need to Pony Up $1,000
Cadillac’s highly anticipated Blackwing sedans are almost here, with both the CT4-V and CT5-V models set to debut on February 1, 2021. If you’re anxious to get one, you’ll be happy to know that preorders for both models will open the same day they debut. However, be prepared to pay a $1,000 deposit to reserve a spot.
GM Struggles To Build Reliable Cars, Thinks You’ll Trust Riding In Its One-Man Drones
Despite not being as flashy as previous editions, this year’s Consumer Electronics Show aka CES still spawned some rad, futuristic concepts that, unfortunately, have every chance in the world of being nothing more than that.
For example, GM showed two prototypes at CES 2021 - one for land transportation and one for air travel.
2021 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing
The 2021 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing is an upcoming, high-performance version of the company’s midsize sedan. Set to become the range-topping version of the current CT5, the Blackwing will slot above the CT5-V. Performance-wise, the 2021 CT5-V Blackwing will be the first true successor to the CTS-V, as the CT5-V doesn’t fill the bill in terms of power and torque. On top of a powerful V-8 engine with more than 600 horsepower, the 2021 CT5-V Blackwing will also feature a more aggressive exterior and a revised interior with unique features and upgrades. Find out what to expect from this beefed-up sedan from our speculative review below.
The CT5-V Blackwing Will Be The Most Powerful Cadillac Ever Made
The Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing has been the subject of a lot of discussions, and those flames are still being fanned with a new report saying that the range-topping high-performance sedan is set to have the highest output of any Cadillac model.
New information brought to light by AutoVerdict claims as much, indicating that the CT5-V Blackwing will surpass the 640-horsepower and 630-pound-feet of torque output of the discontinued third-generation Cadillac CTS-V. No word yet on how much output the CT5-V Blackwing will have when it rolls out, but if it’s being tagged as the most powerful of any Cadillac in history, that bit of news should add more hype to a model that hasn’t had any shortage of it in recent months.
What is the Least Expensive Cadillac?
Cadillac’s least expensive offering is the XT4, which is essentially a more luxurious version of the Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain. It carries a starting price of $34,795 and can climb to more than $40,000 when fully equipped. As far as cars go, for now, the cheapest model you can get is the ATS Coupe, which starts out at $38,995 or the CT5 sedan that hits the market in fall of 2019 and should carry a similar price tag.
What is the Sportiest Cadillac?
As of the 2020 model year, Cadillac doesn’t really have any truly, sporty models. Through 2019, the brand sold the
and CTS-V performance models that were, for all intents and purposes, luxurious sports cars that were eager to move. However, with the introduction of the 2020 model year, both models have been replaced by the
and CT5-V, neither of which are anywhere near as sporty or performance oriented. Those are still your best bet at this point, but if you want something that’s truly sporty, you’re best to look elsewhere.
What is the Most Popular Cadillac
While some automakers find success with compact cars, Cadillac experiences things a little different with the midsized Cadillac XT5 crossover being the Brand’s bestselling model for 2018 with some 60,565 examples sold. In terms of cars, the midsized Cadillac CTS is the bestseller with some 11,219 being sold throughout 2018 – a far cry from years past but still admirable in a market where SUVs seem to be taking over.
What is the Most Expensive Cadillac?
The most expensive Cadillac model is the Escalade ESV (long-wheelbase model) which starts out at $98,590 with two-wheel drive or $101,590 with four-wheel drive. It is fully equipped and is capable of competing with the finest cars from Germany and Japan. It is powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. In terms of cars, the CT6 is the most expensive non-V offering with a starting price of $62,595. Fully equipped models of the CT6 can reach beyond the $70,000 mark. While the CTS-V is still available and inventory is depleted it’s actually a bit more expensive at $86,995 but once inventory is depleted the CT6 will take over the throne.
What is the Fastest Cadillac?
As of 2019, the fastest Cadillac is the CTS-V and its 640-horsepower V-8. It can hit 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and tops out at 200 mph on GM’s test tracks. Once the CTS-V is officially sold out, the CT6-V will take the reigns as the fastest Cadillac. It has a 4.2-liter, twin-turbo V-8 with 550 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. It will offer an even faster sprint to 60 mph and will get you there in 3.4 seconds but will have the same top speed of 200 mph.
Are Cadillacs Reliable?
Cadillacs used to be notorious for oil leaks, and things have changed over the years, but the brand still isn’t ranked all that great. For 2019, J.D. Power ranked Cadillac No. 24 out of 32 in terms of reliability with some 166 problems reported per 100 vehicles produced (PP100.) To put this into perspective, the most reliable brand is Lexus, with a rating of 105 PP100 while the worst is Fiat with a rating of 249 PP100. Cadillac is the least-reliable GM brand, falling just one spot below GMC. Chevy and Buick are ranked No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.
According to Repair Pal, the average cost of repair on Cadillacs is $848 per year with a frequency of 0.5 unscheduled repairs per year. It also says that 12-percent of all repairs for Cadillac models are considered severe, which is just 1-percent higher than the probability of major issues across all models on the market. That said, Cadillacs typically have a higher-than-average cost of ownership, with the average being $631 per year across the entire market.