2024 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing To Get Mid-Cycle Refresh: Exclusive33
The 2024 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing introduces the third model year for the range-topping high-performance sedan, expected to once again offer impressive performance and the usual Caddy-style coddling. Critically, GM Authority has learned that the 2024 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing will also introduce a new mid-cycle refresh.
In addition to introducing a refresh for the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, the 2024 model year will also usher in a refresh for the “regular” Cadillac CT5 lineup, as GM Authority exclusively reported last October. This is important, as the CT5-V Blackwing launched two model years later than the “regular” CT5 and CT5-V, and as such, this upcoming refresh arrives just two model years after the CT5-V Blackwing launched for the 2022 model year.
As for the changes expected, GM Authority has exclusively learned that the refreshed 2024 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing will introduce an updated front end with a new lighting treatment. The redesigned lights will incorporate an uninterrupted vertical lighting strip similar to that of the pre-refresh Cadillac CT6 (see images below for reference).
In addition, the refreshed 2024 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing will also introduce a redesigned lower front fascia, while the cabin will be updated as well, the latter of which will draw similarities to the interior updates introduced by the fully refreshed 2024 Cadillac XT4. The styling for the rear of the CT5-V Blackwing will be unchanged in the forthcoming refresh.
Last year, GM Authority caught the refreshed “regular” Cadillac CT5 out testing as a prototype, giving us an early look at the updated fascia hidden under black-and-white camouflage. Production for the 2024 Cadillac CT5 is expected to kick off in July.
As a reminder, the current Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing cradles the supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 gasoline engine, which is rated at 668 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 659 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm. Output is sent exclusively to the rear wheels by way of a standard six-speed manual transmission co-developed with Tremec, while the GM 10-speed automatic transmission is optional.
Under the body panels, the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing rides on the GM Alpha 2 platform, with production taking place at the GM Lansing Grand River plant in Michigan.
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Feel sorry for who bought the pre mce vdrsions. Lol
I guess I’ll wait and see, but this seems like a backwards move. MCE CT6 was far better looking than the original.
awesome, this just needs to happen to the ct4 v BW as well. shame they don’t offer a coupe version though. had to make the disappointing decision to configure an m4 coupe since it was under 90k.
Surely the CT4 is getting the same treatment…even the XT4 is getting the full interior upgrade. I suspect they’re just staggering press releases.
Press releases? GM Authority is not GM… so this is an article or a report… but not a press release.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to this refresh. The only two things I don’t like about the CT5 are the relatively small and oddly positioned center screen, which the 33 inch display from the Lyriq would address. I also think the uninterrupted vertical light looks much better than what the CT5 has now.
Here’s to hoping this reporting is right.
I will note that I prefer the existing CT5 front fascia to the CT4, so I hope they don’t take a step backwards on the exterior. I’m glad to see the interior refresh, which is really this car’s only shortcoming…hope this will also trickle down to the CT4 (and BW variant).
Blackwings lack heavily on technology. Here’s a list of things that would make the car closer to perfect:
Color changing ambient lighting
iCue upgrade (and myCadillac app)
PDR upgrade (32GB Limit is ridiculous)
Powered trunk lid
Soft closing doors
mobile phone entry/start
Built in camera with remote access.
Just a few things off the top of my head based on my experience.
speedo is off?
Yep, once you down, it starts to skip numbers, you can’t get an live data, it’s more like a half second refresh.
That’s not inaccurate. You’re referring to the refresh rate. It jumps several MPH at a time for a reason. Fully instantaneous digital readings aren’t difficult to implement but it’s not a preferred method because it’s shown to be nauseating and to leave drivers (especially on a race track) with less perception of their velocity. Being able to glance at one reading for a half second or so is more intuitive for driving needs.
The perfect CT5-V BW would also have an awd option.
I guess this means the Blackwing will be hanging around for a couple more years after all? Good.
So the BW can’t have the front end similar to the refreshed XT4 but going for pre refreshed CT6 that looked old and frumpy compared to the refreshed CT6 which looked modern and sleek? Absolutely makes zero sense since the rear of the CT5 looks similar to the refreshed CT6.
We didn’t write that the front end will look like that of the CT6. All that we reported was that the headlights will have a resemblance to those used on the pre-refresh CT6. That does not mean that they will be the same headlights or that the front end will be similar to that of the CT6.
Very smart move on Cadillac/GM’s part to bring a solid refresh to the CT5 just a few years in…I think 2022 was the year where they finally understood that there is strong enough demand for this vehicle…it sold nearly 16k units in the US alone, which is right about the same volume as the 2016 CTS. Now that people have seen what the future of Cadillac holds in the Lyriq, and the new Escalade, it’s important that more of that design language and interior features makes it’s way to the entire lineup…hopefully we see it happen across the board sooner rather than later.
Now if they would just bring back the CT6.
I have my fingers crossed for a more hardcore, lightweight version… Great car and that could incite me to pull the trigger.
MORE hardcore than the 5 Blackwing? Good lord.
Rick – that car exists today and is called the Camaro ZL1 1LE.
As a track car perhaps but I don’t even come close to fitting in the Camaro and would never even consider buying one due to the horrible visibility and high beltline.
The Blackwing has significantly more headroom. Camaros and Mustangs aren’t on my shopping list.
I still think the BW deserves a CSL-like special edition – drop the Escalade LT4 in (if it fits), drop weight anywhere you can, carbon everything you can, even wider rubber if possible, Cup 2 R’s. Make 500 of them and charge $150k+ for each, might as well have Caddy-V ICE go out with a real moonshot.
Why build a car for collectors who won’t drive them and never be seen on the road? I agree with what you said but don’t limit it and price it at a reasonable level. GM wants more people to drive Cadillacs right?
And if you limit them, the dealers will mark them up and make all the money because they’re PIGS.
I wonder, since going to refresh and build the Alpha 2 platform cars for a bit longer (with the same engines) if, the Camaro will stay a bit longer than we expect?
Sure they can build all the CTs they want at the plant, they surely could keep building the Camaro (even though it’s on the Alpha 1 platform. It’s less expensive parts and less chips to build. Idk if that makes sense, although, just a theory.
I really do not understand the statement that the blackwing is getting a front fascia change only after two years. In the 50s, 60s, 70s car companies made bumper, grille headlight and tail lights changes every year, it was like a mandatory thing, if an auto company wanted to spend big, every panel, even roof pillars got changed each annual model change year, Always some thing to look forward to each September when the new models came out. Now that the shoe box SUVs have arrived, lucky to see a badge emblem or color change every ten years.
They sold a lot more of each model back then. Total annual CT sales are an order of magnitude lower than that of past decades of Cadillac’s main models, which all had the same fronts and rears.
How about offering them at MSRP?
That would certainly be nice, but it would be something that would need to be implemented via a policy at the corporate level. Unfortunately, this would likely invite legal issues for GM, since dealers ultimately set the price per the franchise agreements.
Disappointed that they didn’t address the biggest flaw in the exterior design: that cheap-looking Corolla-like black plastic triangle in the C-pillar behind the rear doors.
Need an AWD CT5-V blackwing. I own an AWD 2019 CT6-V blackwing and would never be able to upgrade otherwise. AWD is mandatory in Michigan where I live
The reason the Blackwing out handles all the German brands is in large part because it’s a RWD. Adding AWD would also make it heavier. The best most exclusive performance versions of the Audi R8 and Lambo Huracans are RWD only.
What makes us think we’re even getting this in the US? GM refreshed the 2020 Lacrosse, and 2021 Regal… if you live in China. With 2024 being the last year of production for the Camaro, what reason do we have to believe it wouldn’t also be the last year of production for the CT4/CT5 which are built at the same plant?
V-Series and V-Series Blackwing are not sold in China:
The U.S. is far and away the primary market for these variants.