With customer deliveries of the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing now underway, the American automotive media has also started to get their hands on the supercharged luxury sedan. Car and Driver is among the few outlets to have already tested the vehicle, with the publication comparing it against two of its direct rivals: the Audi RS7 and BMW M5.
While Car and Driver’s test of the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing did not include any track time, the outlet took the sedan and its two German counterparts on a lengthy road trip from Michigan to the Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, giving editors a very good idea of how these three six-figure sports sedans perform in the real world. The magazine also invited the Mercedes-AMG E63 S along for the trip, but the Daimler brand didn’t have a car to supply it with.
Finishing last in this three-way comparo was the BMW M5. The publication liked the BMW M5’s blistering acceleration (it accelerates from zero to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds and can hustle through the quarter-mile in 10.8 seconds), but editors felt the Bimmer had numb steering, boring exterior styling and a relatively dull driving experience. The M5 also carries an eye-watering price tag of $141,045 as tested – although it justifies the high MSRP with an impressive list of luxury features that include 20-way massage seats, motorized rear window shades and a configurable all-wheel-drive system that can be flipped into a drift-happy rear-wheel-drive mode.
The Audi RS7, meanwhile, was second. Editors loved the Audi’s handsome exterior styling, wonderous build quality and easy-to-drive nature, but docked it points for being slower than both the Cadillac and the BMW and not placing an emphasis on driving enjoyment.
Finally, there was the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing in first place. Put simply, the Cadillac offered the best overall driving experience, impressing editors with its instant torque and responsive steering as well as its bargain $105,665 as-tested price. “The Blackwing was clearly developed by people who care about cars,” the magazine proclaims. “Dynamically, it’s near perfection. The ride control is amazing. The steering is honest-to-God great, like the man upstairs developed it himself.”
While this three-way comparison test did not include every sports sedan on sale today (the aforementioned Mercedes was absent, as well as the Maserati Ghibli Trofeo) it serves as a testament to Cadillac’s lasting ability to make fun-to-drive performance four-doors for the most hardcore of driving enthusiasts.