Cadillac officially announced in September that the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing will have carbon fiber seats available as an option. GM Authority has now learned that the seats will also have heating and venting functionality.
At first, this seems difficult to justify. One of the advantages of using carbon fiber is that the material combines high strength with low weight properties. In other words, the primary reason to use a carbon fiber seat is because it’s lighter than a counterpart with with a metal frame.
However, Cadillac makes luxury vehicles, and even a high-performance car like the CT5-V Blackwing has to retain some degree of luxury. So, while heated and ventilated carbon fiber seats might not make sense in other contexts, they do in this one. In fact, combining a carbon fiber frame with heating and venting functionality will arguably result in the ultimate seat for a hotted-up luxury car.
In addition, it’s also worth noting that Cadillac describes the optional seats as “racing-inspired” rather than “racing”.
The carbon fiber theme can also be seen on the CT5-V Blackwing’s steering wheel, with the two bottom spokes featuring exposed carbon fiber accents.
It will be powered by GM’s supercharged 6.2L V8 engine, similar to the LT4 used in the third-generation CTS-V. As fitted to that car, it was rated at 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet, and is unlikely to be any less potent in the CT5-V Blackwing. Indeed, the fact that the new car will have tires 10mm wider than those on the 2016-2019 CTS-V (275/35-19 front and 305/30-19 rear) suggests that it could actually be more powerful. Customers will have a choice of either a ten-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual.
Other upgrades over the “regular” CT5-V will include wider front fenders, a more robust suspension, more potent brakes, plus an aggressive V8 exhaust note.
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