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Cadillac CT5 V-Series and Blackwing Look Better Than Ever

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Cadillac's CT5 V-Series Models Get New LooksDavid Bush

With 2024 marking the 20th anniversary of the original CTS-V, Cadillac has refreshed the popular CT5-V and CT5-V Blackwing lineups with new fascias, a reworked interior layout, and several new standard features.

The Cadillac CT5 was the brand’s best-selling vehicle across the globe in 2023, marking a rare win for the sedan segment. To build on that success, Cadillac revised the sedan’s styling to bring it in line with the brand’s larger portfolio.

2025 Cadillac CT5-V and CT5-V Blackwing Styling

Unveiled Wednesday morning, the front fascia on both the CT5-V and CT5-V Blackwing have been reworked, with the headlights marking the largest departure. The large vertical light layout of the Escalade and Lyriq has been integrated, complete with the V-Series Mondrian pattern from edge to edge. Those fixtures feature a ton of detailing work and provide owners with a new welcome animation upon start-up. You’ll see a similar sequence take place on the back of the new infotainment setup, as a backlit badge sits high and proud for all to see.

The V-Series also picks up a unique grille, rocker extensions, and a bespoke front spoiler setup. The Blackwing receives some bodywork changes beyond the lights by way of a new optional carbon fiber package, which brings a new splitter and some carbon accents. It’s a light styling update overall, but one that is successful in bringing the CT5 up to speed with the rest of the lineup. The cars will also receive three new hues for 2025: Drift Metallic, Deep Space Metallic, and Typhoon Metallic.

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2025 Cadillac CT5-V and CT5-V Blackwing Engine Options

Cadillac hasn’t changed up the powertrain options in the V-Series model for the 2025 model year. The CT5-V retains the same twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6, which provides 360 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. That engine comes exclusively mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, which supports launch control. The Blackwing employs a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine, providing 668 hp and 659 lb-ft, routed through either a six-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic. When equipped with an automatic, both V-Series models will now come as standard with Cadillac’s Super Cruise adaptive driver assistance system. Magnetic ride control shocks and an electronic limited-slip differential come as standard equipment across both V-Series trims. Both models are also bolstered by launch control and Performance Traction Management, but the Blackwing adds line lock functionality for smokey burnouts.

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2025 Cadillac CT5-V and CT5-V Blackwing Tech Features

The largest change outside of the styling tweaks comes inside the interior of the CT5s, where Cadillac has installed a new 33-inch infotainment screen and cluster combo. The expansive unit is canted slightly towards the driver, giving the cockpit more of a sporting feel. The system is also backed by Google Built-In, with integrated Google Maps and Google Play Store functionality.

Leaning into the track capabilities of the cars, Cadillac reworked the Performance Data Recorder system for 2025. Customers can now view their on-track recordings and all of the telemetry data right from the driver’s seat, as that 33-inch screen has enough processing power to forgo an external laptop. The center screen will highlight live lap details, which can be used by a coach or passenger to help you get the most out of your session. That means you’ll actually have a chance to see your data in between sessions and fuel stops. There’s also a database of different tracks built into the system for accurate suggestions for areas of improvement. It’s a welcome change and one that the track rats among us should get good use out of.

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2025 Cadillac CT5-V and CT5-V Blackwing Delivery Timing

Production of the updated CT5 lineup is slated to begin in summer 2024, with deliveries taking place shortly thereafter. The sedan is arguably better looking than it's ever been, which should only further tempt buyers away from BMW and Mercedes dealers. Whether or not sedans are a dying segment, Cadillac is building some of the best ones you can buy.

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