Tiny text says >200 mph from at least CT5-V Blackwing
Easy access to performance modes
Cadillac is getting serious and a little confusing about their performance branding of late, but we do know this: The next Blackwing cars will be getting a fancy new steering wheel to help you get the most out of whatever is powering the company’s most hard-core performance sedans when they drop next summer. And if this teaser’s Easter Egg is accurate, they’ll be the fastest cars Cadillac has ever sold.
The Cadillac CT4 and CT5 already get -V models, but while V meant the fastest one before, now the fastest ones will be badged Blackwing. Yes, that’s the name of Cadillac’s new 4.2L twin-turbo V8, but no, these cars won’t get those engines. We’re expecting them to get something like the 6.2L V8 from the Camaro ZL-1 and old CTS-V.
Back to what’s new: a new Blackwing-specific performance steering wheel. This shows the wheel as installed in the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, but what makes it special? How about the red center stripe up top as well as carbon fibre trim on the hand-cut and stitched leather rim. More usefully for the driver will be the great big V-mode button on the lower left-hand side of the wheel and easy access to the Performance Traction Management system settings on the right, both letting you make changes on the fly.
We’re also pretty sure that the massive 200 you can see on the instrument cluster isn’t some coincidence, but a nod to the cars being able to hit 200 mph (322 km/h). Of course, the top of the speedo means nothing to actual vehicle top speed, despite what every annoying car meet guy has told you to the contrary.
There’s one more thing, though, far more concrete, that leads us to believe these Caddys will be able to break the 200 mph barrier.
Take a look at the tiny script below the V logo on the wheel. “>322” The first part of that is Unicode for the greater-than sign. 322 is 200 mph in kph. So it says “>322” We’re not escape room experts, but we think Cadillac is trying to tell us that the CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwings will go greater than 322 km/h, breaking the 200 mph barrier and making them the fastest cars the company has ever sold.
They’ve also cleverly blurred out where the shifter would go. Except that we think we see the PRNDL lights, and strangely we can see one of the two paddle shifters, but the left side seems to be missing. Either way, that might not mean there’s a stick hiding in the wings.