The Cadillac Blackwing ultra-high-performance luxury sedans due to go on sale this summer both feature gray brake calipers and black keyfobs, unless the customer decides that they shouldn’t. In that event, these two normally unconnected components (almost never referred to in the same sentence in the entire history of the auto industry) can be color matched.
The gray/black arrangement is assigned the RPO code J6P, while color matching options are blue (J6B), red (J6F) and bronze (J6O).
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The standard gray caliper and black key fob obviously does not add to the price of either the 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing or the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, because it’s the standard fitment. Meanwhile, the optional blue, red and bronze options add $595, a small proportion of the cars’ MSRPs of $59,990 and $84,990, respectively.
However, there is a way of getting colored calipers on a Cadillac Blackwing sedan without paying the extra $595: although both models are fitted as standard with a very impressive Brembo braking system, the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing is offered with an even more potent carbon-ceramic brake package, also by Brembo. Appropriately, the first carbon-ceramic system ever used on a production Cadillac will be available on the GM luxury brand’s most powerful model.
With lower overall weight, lower unsprung weight, lower rotational mass and an extremely high boiling point for the rotors and front pads, the carbon-ceramic package is likely to be outstandingly effective. It’s also outstandingly expensive, at $9,000, but the good news is that customers who choose it can have the red, blue or bronze brake caliper (and presumably keyfob) at no extra cost.
The CT5-V Blackwing is fitted with the supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 gasoline engine, which is rated at 668 horsepower and 659 pound-feet of torque and has a special plaque bearing the name of the technician who assembled it. The CT4-V Blackwing uses the twin-turbocharged 3.6L V6 LF4, which produces 472 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque.
Since 0-60 mph times of high-performance cars are strongly determined by initial getaway and less so by power output, those of the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing are quite close, at 3.7 seconds and 3.8 seconds respectively. Thereafter, the CT5-V Blackwing is clearly the quicker car, with a top speed of 200 mph compared with 189 mph for the CT4-V Blackwing.