• Incoming Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Will Feature a Nifty Race-Inspired Detail

The Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing will debut bookmatched carbon-fiber seatbacks

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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.

The 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing will feature new carbon seats with various innovations

Incoming Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Will Feature a Nifty Race-Inspired Detail
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Cadillac says that the carbon-fiber seats in the CT5-V Blackwing, which will probably be optional, will include some "customer-centric innovations and features." These will be revealed at a later date, but Cadillac unveiled a photo of the seatback’s bookmatched design.

A practice usually found on high-end musical instruments, bookmatching is the matching of two surfaces so that they mirror each other, giving the impression of an opened book.

Cadillac did this with the carbon-fiber fitted on the seatbacks of the front seats. While it’s not exactly an innovation, it is something you won’t find in much more expensive supercars. The bookmatched design also includes a laser-etched V-Series logo for a more premium look.

The 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing won’t feature a Blackwing engine

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Although it sounds ridiculous, the CT5-V Blackwing won't have a Blackwing engine under the hood.

Although the badge suggests motivation will come from the twin-turbo, 4.2-liter V-8 that debuted in the CT6-V, the high-performance sedan will actually feature a supercharged mill.

We know that from Cadillac’s teaser of the exhaust note, which combines the growl of a V-8 and the whine of a supercharger. This means that the CT5-V Blackwing will most likely feature a revised version of the old supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 that Cadillac offered in the CTS-V.

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Why isn’t Cadillac using the twin-turbo, 4.2-liter V-8 Blackwing? Well, even though that engine went into production in 2019, it was discontinued just one year later due to the CT6 sedan being a flop sales-wise. The engine had more potential, but with an estimated production cost of $20,000 per unit, it made no financial sense to be assigned to a different Cadillac model.

The Blackwing engine was rated at 550 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque in the CT6-V, but Cadillac also offered a detuned CT6 4.2 Premium version with 500 horses and 574 pound-feet of twist.

The good news is that Cadillac’s supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 mill should be more capable than that. In the CTS-V, discontinued after the 2019 model year, the supercharged V-8 delivered a massive 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque and the CT5-V Blackwing could arrive with a similar output.

When is the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing coming to dealerships?

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Cadillac says the CT5-V Blackwing will be available starting the summer of 2021. The performance sedan will be unveiled earlier than that, but you’ll have to wait for the 2022 model year to begin to be able to buy it.

Ciprian Florea
Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read full bio
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