While Chevy was just everywhere at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas this year, arriving a host of new products and builds, Cadillac was sorely underrepresented – that is, at least with regard to new Cadillac models, given the popularity of classic Caddy vehicles among customizers. That said, there was at least one modern Cadillac vehicle around the Las Vegas Convention Center earlier this month, specifically a Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing.
As it turns out, the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing in question, painted Electric Blue and equipped with the Carbon Fiber 2 package, was at the show courtesy of the Spring Mountain V-Performance Academy to help promote the organization’s driving school program. According to General Motors Senior Manager, Product And Brand Communications Stefan Cross, the Spring Mountain V-Performance Academy’s Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing was not part of an official Cadillac display, although GM does support the driving school.
As a reminder, the first 250 customers to hold a reservation for the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing following its debut received a complementary course at the Cadillac V-Series Academy. Located in Pahrump, Nevada, the driving school helps new customers to become proficient in the skills required to properly unleash the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, offered as the most track-capable model to ever wear a Cadillac badge.
In addition to the complementary driving school, the first 250 customers also received one of the first 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing models produced, as indicated by a special VIN, as well as a serialized plate on the vehicle’s high-performance steering wheel.
As a reminder the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing is based on the GM Alpha 2 platform, and comes equipped with the supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 gasoline engine, the same powerplant as the third-generation Cadillac CTS-V sedan. Under the hood of the CT5-V Blackwing, the LT4 produces 668 horsepower and 659 pound-feet of torque, which hits the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual, or a 10-speed automatic. Production takes place at the GM Lansing Grand River plant in Michigan.