Tested: 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Is the Real Deal

Stomp and go

It is essential to needless to say the CT5-V Blackwing is a sedan. A giant sedan. As a result of what it did at our check monitor isn’t often within the wheelhouse of an enormous sedan. Take into accout this was finished on California’s 91 octane gasoline. The numbers:

  • 0-60 in 4.0 seconds (3.77 seconds with 1 foot of rollout)
  • 123.7 mph by means of the quarter mile
  • Stopped from 60 in 104 toes (iron brakes, not the optionally available carbon ceramics)
  • Pulled a 1.08 g on our skidpad

What’s it prefer to get it by means of the quarter mile? Let’s ask our check driver.

“Launch management is available in two flavors: computerized or do-it-yourself. Going the DIY route opens up an enormous wormhole of prospects, however I settled on a 2,200 rpm launch with a 7.5% slip quantity. Auto labored fairly nicely, too, however allowed for an excessive amount of spin on our check monitor’s regular asphalt. Mega energy however interstellar gearing. First goes to one thing like 58 whereas second goes to 83! As soon as it hooks up and also you’re out of the wheelspin zone, it is completely secure. what you need in regards to the motor (it is nice) however the gearbox is the star right here. Strong with out being heavy and balky; fast with out sloppy. World-class. The automobile might do that all day.”

He appears pleased. However what in regards to the brakes? As talked about earlier, our check automobile was not geared up with the optionally available carbon-ceramic stoppers. Nonetheless, with 15.7-inch rotors and six-piston calipers up entrance and 14.7-inch rotors with 4 piston calipers out again, we anticipated stable efficiency.

“Shocked this did not include the optionally available carbon-ceramic brakes but it surely nonetheless stopped like a champ. Brakes even wanted a bit of warmth in them to ship their finest stops. Pedal is agency and does not take a lot to get into the meat of the stopping energy. ABS is nicely matched to the tires so ABS noise and vibes had been minimal. Some slight skipping/sliding close to zero however that is what hi-po vehicles often do. Completely secure and straight. Automotive hunkers down and stays down — credit score to the MagneRide right here.

“The brake-by-wire system does not transmit a lot suggestions and that comes again to hang-out the CT5-V on our dealing with loop. After a number of onerous laps, the pedal began to really feel wood and I fearful that I wasn’t getting the complete image of how a lot stopping energy I had left. The pedal merely does not allow you to press any more durable however the stopping energy does not really feel as sturdy because it used to. Identical story with the C8 so that is clearly a ‘factor’ with this braking system. Nonetheless, the truth that these brakes can haul down this missile with out a lot fade on a brake-heavy monitor is fairly spectacular. But when it had been my cash, I would spring for the carbon ceramics.”

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