As Cadillac prepares to segue into its electric future, the brand is offering up a final fossil-fueled fusillade in the form of the CT5-V Blackwing. The Blackwing name doesn’t appear anywhere on or in the car, however. But the V sub brand does, and in the CT5-V Blackwing, it represents the successful culmination of a two-decade-long quest to produce a potent performance sedan capable of challenging — and in some cases out-running — the best performance sedans from luxury brands such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz.
Equipped with the base manual transmission, the CT5-V Blackwing is $84,990, including the $995 destination charge. The automatic-transmission version is $88,165. There is also a gas-guzzler tax of $1,700 for the CT5-V Blackwing with the automatic gearbox or $2,100 with the manual.
Principle competitors include the Audi RS7, BMW M5 Competition, Maserati Ghibli Trofeo, and Mercedes-AMG E63 S.