The upcoming Cadillac Blackwing ultra-high-performance luxury sedans will not feature Blackwing-specific badging. Instead, the 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing will simply have the same badges as other models in the V-Series ranges, including the “regular” CT4-V and CT5-V.
Cadillac Blackwing Chief Engineer, Mirza Grebovic, explained the rationale behind this decision during a recent interview with GM Authority Executive Editor, Alex Luft.
“To us, V-Series is the top name here,” Grebovic said. “The Blackwing is a V-Series car. The Blackwing simply states that we have elevated the performance of the V-Series vehicles. But no, there is no external badging with the Blackwing logo.
Grebovic compared this situation with a similar one regarding another very powerful GM model, the Chevy Camaro. “We got similar feedback on the Camaro ZL1 1LE,” Grebovic added. “We never put a 1LE badge on that car. But the 1LE is a handling package for the Camaro. In a similar way, Blackwing takes the V-Series to the top.”
However, none of this represents an attempt to disguise the true nature of the Cadillac Blackwing models. Visually, they stand out from the Cadillac CT4-V and Cadillac CT5-V even though they have the same badges, thanks to several unique styling features and aero options.
“We went to great lengths to make sure that when you see one of these Blackwings, you know that they are distinguished from the base V-Series significantly,” Grebovic said.
The 2022 Cadillac Blackwing sedans are certainly distinguished from other V-Series models in terms of performance. The CT4-V Blackwing has a twin-turbo 3.6L V6 LF4 gasoline engine producing 472 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque, while the CT5-V Blackwing‘s supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 motor is rated at 668 horsepower and 659 pound-feet of torque. The 0-60 mph times are 3.7 seconds and 3.8 seconds, respectively, and the top speeds are 189 mph and over 200 mph.