All 250 initial reservations for the upcoming 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing ultra-high-performance luxury were snapped up within three minutes of their becoming available, it was revealed during a conference call with the General Motors Canada communications team.
As reported by our sister site Cadillac Society, Cadillac opened reservations for both the CT5-V Blackwing and the 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing at 7:30 pm EST on February 1st. In each case, a maximum of 250 cars could be ordered, making a total of 500 Blackwing vehicles.
Customers were required to place a refundable $1,000 deposit. If the deal was completed, they would receive a vehicle with one of the first 250 VIN numbers, along with a serialized plate on the available high-performance steering wheel with a five-digit portion of the VIN number etched into it. They would also receive a complimentary course at the Cadillac V-Series Academy at the Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club in Pahrump, Nevada.
Uptake for both models was swift, but not to the same extent. On February 2nd, one day after registrations opened, GM Authority was still able to report that not all of the 250 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing models had been accounted for, though the total was reached later the same day.
Many GM Authority readers will already be familiar with the specifications of the CT5-V Blackwing, but they are so compelling that we’re going to repeat them anyway. The car is fitted with the supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 gasoline engine which was also found under the bonnet of the third-generation Cadillac CTS-V. In this new application, it produces 668 horsepower and 659 pound-feet of torque. The 0-60 mph time is 3.7 seconds, and the top speed is in excess of 200 mph.
Power is transferred to the rear wheels (not to all four, for reasons Cadillac has given) through either a six-speed manual gearbox supplied by Tremec or GM’s own ten-speed automatic. Italian brake manufacturer Brembo has created both the standard brake package and the optional carbon-ceramic setup. Magnesium wheels will eventually be offered as well.
The CT5-V Blackwing is priced to start at $84,990, but taking full advantage of the retail opportunities will bump up the cost to $121,895. Production of both Blackwing models is due to start the GM Lansing Grand River plant in Lansing, Michigan, this summer.