2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing: A Closer Look At Carbon Fiber Packages & Components23
The 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing offers two optional carbon-fiber packages, dubbed Carbon Fiber 1 Package (CF1 Pkg) and Carbon Fiber 2 Package (CF2 Pkg). Here’s a look at the components included in each, along with pricing info:
Carbon Fiber 1 Package – $4,100
- Front splitter
- Front wheel well deflectors
- Rear extra aero spoiler
Carbon Fiber 2 Package – $5,230
- Grille header
- Rocker moldings
- Rocker extensions
- Rear valance diffuser
- Requires Carbon Fiber 1 Package
Those looking to order their very own Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing should be aware that the Carbon Fiber 2 Package cannot be ordered without the Carbon Fiber 1 Package, meaning that the total cost is $9,330 for those who want to max-out the carbon fiber goodness. There’s also the possibility that customers may be able to order individual components from each package down the line a-la-carte and install them on the vehicle after taking delivery. However, this often ends up being more expensive than purchasing the items in conjunction with the vehicle.
Let’s compare what visual impact the standard and two optional packages have on the vehicle.
While the carbon fiber components can be seen as a cosmetic enhancement, the performance aspect is arguably more important. According to Cadillac, the wind-tunnel-tested carbon fiber packages can reduce lift by 75 percent compared to the model with standard aero.
The improvements offered by the carbon fiber packages build on the aerodynamic enhancements already made to the CT5-V Blackwing over its indirect predecessor, the third-generation CTS-V. For instance, intake airflow is improved by 46 percent compared to the CTS-V. Other improvements include:
- New primary mesh grille design that improves airflow over the previous generation.
- The mesh pattern is refined to include secondary reeds that influence backdraft angles, directing airflow to the main radiators, cooler and airflow ducts.
- Larger secondary grilles that direct airflow to the auxiliary charge coolers, while the smaller front lower grilles reduce pressure while channeling airflow into brake-cooling ducts.
- A front splitter that reduces lift to help keep the car planted when cornering at higher speeds.
- A rear spoiler that balances the effect of the front splitter to help maintain rear-wheel traction at higher speeds.
- Mid-body panels that improve underbody aerodynamics.
- Underbody panels that are designed with airflow-channeling strakes dubbed “the underwing” which support the cars’ aero-efficiency and track capability.
- Rocker extensions and a rear valence diffuser that dissipate turbulent air and continue the grounded look established by the front splitter.
The Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing made its official debut on February 1st, 2021 via an online stream. The model is powered by GM’s supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 engine making 668 horsepower and 659 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a ten-speed automatic is optional.
The first 250 reservations of the CT5-V Blackwing sold out within mere minutes. The ultra-high-performance luxury sedan is set to go into production this July.
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God save us all from more carbon fiber – it’s been done to death. Is there really no other material out there in the entire world that could offer the same or similar benefits?? C’mon Cadillac, try and show a little more creativity.
Other material that has the same weight and strength properties? Not yet. Not sure what the issue is.
No issue at all, just bored with it. I can’t be the only one.
Package 1 seems good enough for me.
…but an air extractor on the hood, like last gen CTS-V, would have done wonders.
CF2 please 👍🏾
The car is beautiful I’d love to have one. If any of you one percenters out there want to donate to the homeless, buy me one of these Cadillacs. It would be a ticket to Heaven.
If wishes were horses beggars would ride – shows how long mankind has asked for this time and time again. It gets old. Please.
I’ve got it… leave the car alone it looks awesome and if you can afford this car…well then for one your not an uneducated consumer this a performance model you buy this because you can drive it, I think the carbon fiber looks great it breaks up the outside of the car. Why don’t we use plastic and charge for carbon fiber…like the fake vents on that over priced FWD Camary are functional and compared to this they look tacked on. I will take black wheels on my CT5 Black wing I also want a carbon fiber roof and hood…lets put rice wrap on a Caddy lmao!! Charge up that bill Blunt it’s a Cadillac not a Hyundai lol
These packages strike me as a badge of fiscal stupidity to me. The true purpose of carbon fiber is to enable the construction of ultralight ultrastiff composite structures. GM uses it solely as an appearance item and charges obscene prices for it, reaping massive profit off the vanity and ignorance of consumers. Want to impress me with your “race car”? Put the carbon fiber someplace where it can actually save weight and improve performance. $10k of tacked on cosmetics on a car with base prices in the $40k range is beyond silly
Roughly equivalent to counting out $9,330 (+ tax!) then setting them on fire and watching them burn. Neato
There are very nice carbon fiber look wrap materials available to get the “look” at a fraction of the cost. Real carbon fiber belongs in unseen places.
A carbon fibre splitter doesn’t make sense to me as anybody will eventually rub it somewhere. The base plastic one looks exactly the same.
Standard just needs a black spoiler, TBH
All the big boys in this class have these Carbon packages. Why should GM miss out on the current cash cow? Looking at the prices, it’s actually not that bad when compared to the likes of BMW|Merc|Audi.
Agree, they can harvest as much money from as many morons as are willing to sign up. However, buyers should expect to be ridiculed if they think carbon fiber tacked on in non structural cosmetic applications is going to earn them any cred. As was pointed out, its not a Hyundai and stuck-on carbon doodads is a very Hyundai kind of thing. Or really more of a y2k era Hyundai thing to be fair. Cadillac hurts their image peddling this kind of silly hardware.
Could be worse Blunt I think plastic fake chrome looks worse but that’s my opinion. Still at least it does not have a hood scoop or bulge that’s non functional lol! Lastly if this car where a darker color the carbon fiber would blend in better….besides my Caddy has to be White with a red leather interior and black or carbon fiber interior trim! 😉
You live in Vegas? No gold trim?
anyone hear of GM putting the manual in a regular CT5-V
I’m not sure they’re capable. I cannot recall any gm application of a manual with their current turbo technology. I have a suspicion that the engine management strategy is dependent upon having control over the transmission too in order to keep boost and rpm matched to load. Can you spec a 4 cyl manual camaro?
No Wally I live in NJ na gold trim is to tacky. LoL you made me laugh 🤣
The three front end pics look identical to me.
the only two things that are frigen noticeable regardless of the front view or back are the damn front splitter and rear spoiler!
The standard trim is the most befitting of a Cadillac