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The High-Octane Cadillacs Were Spoken For Within Minutes

2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing Track
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After a six month delay, the 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and 2022 CT5-V Blackwing have stepped into the light. And everything we initially reported leading up to their debut was true. They both, indeed, have six-speed manual and 10-speed automatic transmissions. They both, indeed, feature the same engines as before, although engineers were able to squeeze out a bit more power from both.

Upon their official debut, each 2022 Cadillac Blackwing model would have 250 units set aside for reservation starting 7:30 PM ET on Monday, February 1. They were fully booked in minutes. Perhaps because many people realized that it is last call for what’s unfairly being deemed as the bane of humanity. Engines.

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing CT4-V
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“Customers that were not able to successfully reserve one of the first 250 of their preferred model, have the opportunity to sign up for a waitlist and will be contacted by their dealer as soon as more inventory is available,” Cadillac said in a statement. The link to enter the waitlist is here.

These high-performance 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing and CT4-V Blackwing sedans also seem to arrive with awkward timing. The “V-Series” phase as we know it is reaching its end. As Cadillac has spent the past 30-ish years trying to learn German, the 118-year-old brand appears to be walking away from speaking to coastal elites in that fashion, and is instead plugging itself into the electric vehicle hive mind.

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Recaro Carbon Fiber Seats
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No more drama and sensation from the roar of their finely-tuned captive explosive devices residing behind a well-vented front grille. Instead comes a more sterile, appliance-like approach to speed and power. Powered by things dug up from mines in far off places. Shipped to and refined over in even farther off places. And then shipped to a battery manufacturing plant. Very eco-friendly, we’re told.

The Cadillac Lyriq EV will be the first entry into the brand’s full plunge into electrification, which could be here by late next year.


But before the buzzkill truly sets in, Cadillac has one more dinosaur-juice-drinking peace offering for wealthy performance enthusiasts who haven’t been canceled into bankruptcy. Despite the claim that this is indeed the end, an LT4-powered Cadillac Escalade will eventually show face.

And if that doesn’t scream “CADILLAC,” we don’t know what does.

2021 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Engine Transmission LT4
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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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