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.
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 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.
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.
Here’s Proof That Cadillac Should Revive The XLR Name
Bringing back dead car monikers is way easier today than it was not so many years ago. You’ve got a lot of internet-based pixel manipulators with a knack for cars and more often than not, the results are drool-worthy. Sometimes, however, they’re just downright eccentric and polarizing.
Let The Fun Begin: Cadillac Confirms Manual Gearbox for Blackwing Models
Cadillac’s next generation of V-Series models, the CT5 Blackwing and CT4 Blackwing will feature a manual transmission, the automaker confirmed. Set to slot above their CT5-V and CT4-V counterparts, the Blackwing sedans will be the first of their respective nameplates to feature a three-pedal layout. Cadillac also confirmed that these cars will be the first GM vehicles to employ 3D-printed components.
Cadillac Could Build a High-Performance Escalade-V, Not That The World Needs It
Cadillac introduced the fifth-generation Escalade for the 2021 model and on top of being better in just about every department, it will also spawn an all-electric drivetrain shared with the upcoming GMC Hummer EV. But it seems that the fifth-generation SUV will also debut the first high-performance version of the Escalade, rumored to be called the Escalade-V Blackwing. When’s it coming and how powerful will it be? Let’s find out below.
Inspector Gadget Style: Every Gizmo In the 2021 Cadillac Escalade, Detailed
The Cadillac Escalade was born in a supposedly ‘premium’ family, but it hasn’t had a blissful life. It started as a ripped-off Yukon Denali in its early days, but things kept getting better as it grew. Within a few years, the automaker re-did the SUV and launched a distinct version that gave the Cadillac its own identity. Despite that, it never really hit the success peak that it should’ve. But, it looks like the company is hell-bent on turning its fortunes, and that might as well be the case with fifth-generation, 2021 Escalade.
Cadillac has upped the ante in almost all aspects, and the SUV now has the pizzazz and desirability quotient that the previous iterations lacked. Wondering what those are? Well, here are a few covered by The Fast Lane Car in a video where you can see the various ‘gizmos’ that feature inside this big beast.
Incoming Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Will Feature a Nifty Race-Inspired Detail
Cadillac is introducing a more powerful version of the CT5-V soon. It’s called the CT5-V Blackwing and it’s a proper successor to the mighty CTS-V. Most details are still under wraps, but Cadillac is slowly teasing some of the car’s features. We’ve seen the sedan’s performance steering wheel back in August and, come September, we’re looking at its unique carbon-fiber seats with bookmatched design.
GM Could Be Teasing Cadillac’s Next Large EV
General Motors has posted a very interesting and, uhm, sharp….. sketch to its Instagram account depicting what is clearly a Cadillac and what could be a larger SUV or, perhaps, even a pickup truck. But, see, that’s the real tease, as GM has posted this baby with absolutely no context outside of the words “lean & mean” – at least 50-percent of which doesn’t make sense.
It Looks Like The Cadillac CT5-V Isn’t Even Meant to Be a Performance Car
A lot has been said about the Cadillac CT5-V since it first arrived in 2019 as the supposed replacement to the V Sport. Cadillac has gotten mixed reviews on every facet of the CT5-V. From its looks to its quality to its output to its performance, the CT5-V has become polarizing in so many ways. It also hasn’t been immune to a myriad of issues, including, as The Smoking Tire’s Matt Farah found out, a less-than-stellar 10-speed automatic transmission that doesn’t respond to the driver as well as we all thought it could. The CT5-V remains a solid performer in its segment, but is it really a proper replacement to the monster-engined CTS-V or is it more like the middle of the pack V-Sport model? Based on Farah’s experience, it looks, drives, and feels more like the latter.
2020 Cadillac CT4 - Driven
With so many Americans rushing from cars into crossover SUVs, only the strongest sedans are surviving. That’s not good news for Cadillac. Its huge, decadent luxury sedans were once desired all around the world. But while its Escalade SUV is still an international icon and its crossovers are fairly successful domestically, Cadillac failed to establish itself among the leading luxury-sedan brands today. The few remaining luxury sedan buyers more often turn to Audi, BMW, Lexus, or Mercedes-Benz. Some will try out critically acclaimed but unconventional options like Volvo and Genesis. And a growing number are choosing all-electric Teslas over any traditional luxury sedan.
It’s into this backdrop that Cadillac has overhauled its two luxury sports sedans: the midsize CTS and compact ATS. They wear new styling and new names: CT5 and CT4, respectively. This 2020 Cadillac CT4 delivers a sophisticated rear-wheel-drive sports sedan platform at the price of the Germans’ subcompact front-wheel-drive sedans. We recently spent a week in the new CT4 to see whether that’s enough to earn a second glance from the people who still want a luxury sports sedan. Prices start at $32,995.
A 200-MPH Cadillac CTS-V Wagon Really Exists!
Not many good things are happening in the world right now, but we can smile for a moment knowing that there’s someone out there owning a supercharged and turbocharged Cadillac CTS-V Wagon capable of going 200 mph on the drag strip. Making triple the amount of power that a stock CTS-V Wagon develops, this beast comes complete with a parachute for obvious reasons.