“Today, Cadillac shared an early image of the 2022 CT5-V Blackwing and CT4-V Blackwing performance steering wheel,” the automaker said in a statement. “The wheel is meticulously crafted with leather and cut-and-sewn stitching, a 12 o’clock red racing stripe, carbon fiber trim and a V-Series emblem, ensuring that each vehicle reflects Cadillac’s championship-winning heritage on the track. Designed with driver ergonomics as a priority, Cadillac’s exclusive V-Mode and Performance Traction Management system can be quickly and directly accessed on the left- and right-hand side of the wheel, respectively.”
The ‘V-Mode’ button gives the driver quick access to the car’s most aggressive and hardcore performance settings. On the standard Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V, the V-Mode button will alter the calibrations for transmission shifts, suspension, steering feel, brake feel, front/rear torque split (with AWD), exhaust sound character/volume and other vehicle attributes. In addition to V-Mode, the standard versions of the sedans also have Tour, Sport, Snow/Ice and Track modes.
The Performance Traction Management steering wheel button, meanwhile, gives the driver easy access to the traction control settings. The Performance Traction Management system on the 2020 Corvette C8, for example, has settings for various conditions including Wet, Dry, Sport 1, Sport 2, and Race.
As Cadillac mentioned in its release, the steering wheel will feature additional leather with thick, high-quality stitching, a red 12 o’clock marker at the top of the wheel and carbon fiber trim. The teaser image released by Cadillac also appears to show the number ‘200’ on the speedometer – a potential hint that the more powerful of these two performance sedans will be capable of breaking the 200 mph barrier. It wouldn’t be the first time a V-Series product was capable of hitting 200 mph, as the third-generation CTS-V also had a top speed of 200.
The 2022 Cadillac Blackwing models will go on sale in the summer of 2021. The CT4-V Blackwing will be powered by GM’s twin-turbocharged 3.6L V6 LF4 engine, which was previously found in Cadillac ATS-V, where it made 464 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. The CT5-V Blackwing, meanwhile, will feature GM’s familiar supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 engine. Both models will come with a six-speed manual transmission as standard and a 10-speed automatic as an option. Revised exterior styling/aerodynamics, stiffer suspension, wider wheels and tires, more robust brakes and other performance-related upgrades will also be in store.