By this point, we’re no strangers to the astronomical prices new and used cars are going for these days. Supply chains are still tight, and automakers just can’t meet the demand of consumers. This is even more true in the case of desirable models, such as the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing. The Caddy has proven itself to be an amazing car in all aspects, so it comes as no surprise that we’re seeing the prices reflect the hype. Built in low numbers, boasting highly desirable performance statistics, and a Cadillac confirmation that this will be the last ICE V-Series car with a manual, we halfway expected mild markups, but the true numbers are astonishing.
A quick search on Autotrader currently yields over 40 results of used 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing’s listed nationwide. The cheapest examples are going for approximately $115,000, while the most expensive are asking upwards of $150,000! A majority of parties are asking around the $130,000 mark. Considering that a 2022 CT5-V Blackwing has a starting MSRP of $90,995 before options, these asking prices reflect a roughly $40,000 markup.
In fact, these prices are approaching the new Cadillac Escalade V’s starting MSRP of $148,195. That’s right, a compact sedan – albeit an ultra-high-performance one – is going for around the same price as a full-size SUV. The era of colossal post-pandemic markups remains strong in the performance car realm, with little hope for relief in sight.
The biggest question here is, are these prices worth it? The Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing is powered by a supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 engine producing 668 horsepower at 6,400 RPM and 659 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 RPM. The high-performance luxury sedan has numerous drive modes for different driving situations, including Stealth, Tour, Wet/Weather, Sport, Track, V and My Mode. The power and the ability to adjust the car’s settings to optimize performance in all conditions leads to a 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds for the automatic, or 3.6 seconds for those who prefer to row their own gears. Oh yeah, the available manual transmission is another strong driver towards higher markups.
Not many cars offer this level of performance, comfort, utility, and luxury AND still let the driver take control of the shifting, placing the CT5-V Blackwing in a class all of its own. It’s almost certain then, that the Caddy is an instant classic that was destined from the beginning for slow rides at Pebble Beach, rather than tearing it up at the track. It’s up to potential buyers to determine if they’re willing to pay the prices for these exclusive cars. Do you think they’re worth it?