We’ve been clamoring for more information on the up-and-coming next-level Cadillac CT5-V ever since it was previewed at the Detroit Grand Prix. Possibly (or possibly not) dubbed the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, details on this high-performance sedan are few and far between. Luckily, that seems to be changing, as we just spied a number of prototype models going full throttle out on public roads. Even better, we’ve got a clip of what they sound like.
This latest spy material comes from an extensive test session that included no less than three Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing prototypes and two CT4-V Blackwing prototypes, not to mention the current CTS-V and ATS-V (which the CT5-V Blackwing and CT4-V Blackwing indirectly replace, respectively), as well as the BMW M5 and BMW M2 (rivals for the CT5-V Blackwing and CT4-V Blackwing, respectively), all of which helps GM to establish benchmarks for the up-and-coming sedans.
All three Cadillac CT5-V Blackwings were covered in GM’s standard black-and-white exterior graphic camouflage. Luckily, thanks to excellent lighting and a wide variety of angles, we’re starting to get a clearer picture of what these next-level performers will offer in terms of styling differentiation.
What’s more, although we were unable to get an exact tire sizing, it looks as though the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing will offer wider tires than the standard model. As a result, the fascia and fenders are wider as well.
This thing definitely has some firepower under the hood, as evidenced by the sound it makes at full throttle. No doubt about it – the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing is rocking a V8 for motivation. To our ears, it sounds a lot like the supercharged 6.2L LT4 Small Block, the same lump cradled by the current CTS-V. However, rather than sending power through the CTS-V’s GM Eight-Speed 8L45 M5N automatic transmission, we believe the Cadillac CT5-V will mate its V8 to the GM 10-speed auto box. Unfortunately, our spy didn’t hear any indication of a three-pedal setup.
Stay tuned, because we’ll cover the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing spied in the same test session shortly.