There is only one Blackwing model and you can have it with a manual or an automatic transmission. It's powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine producing 668 hp and 659 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and there is no other option available.
Standard features include a ten-inch infotainment screen with the latest connectivity features and a 16-speaker sound system, a 12-inch configurable digital instrument cluster, a head-up display, dual-zone climate control, and power-adjustable front seats with both heating and ventilation. In addition to these luxuries, you also get LED headlights, keyless entry and start, a surround-view camera, wireless phone charging, forward collision warning with automatic braking up to 50 mph, front and rear parking sensors, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic assist. Adaptive cruise control is only available with the automatic gearbox.
The CT5-V Blackwing with a six-speed manual transmission has an MSRP of $83,995. If you want a ten-speed automatic, you'll have to fork over $87,170. These prices exclude the destination charge of $995.
There are two standalone options worth mentioning. You can pay either $2,890 or $6,090 for the high-performance front bucket seats. The price depends on what you want them wrapped in, with semi-aniline leather requiring a higher premium. We'd also include the $1,600 performance data and video recorder because who wouldn't want to share their epic laps on social media?
As for the packages, Cadillac charges a reasonable $900 for the Driver Assistance Package on the automatic model. Or at least, that's what it looks like when configuring your new Blackwing. In reality, this package is automatically added when you choose the automatic gearbox, so calling it an optional extra is a bit of a misnomer. It includes adaptive cruise control, enhanced automatic emergency braking and reverse automatic braking. The $1,110 Parking Package includes a rear camera mirror, cabin air ionizer, hands-free decklid release, and an automatic parking assistant with braking.
The exterior options include the $4,100 Carbon Fiber 1 Package, which adds a carbon fiber front splitter, carbon fiber front wheel deflectors, and a carbon fiber extra aero spoiler. The $5,230 Carbon Fiber 2 Package adds a carbon fiber grille header, rocker mouldings and extensions, and rear valance diffuser. This package requires first adding the Carbon Fiber 1 Package. The carbon ceramic brake option costs a hefty $9,000.
To get an answer to this, you need to ask yourself two questions. Does daily comfort rank higher than the self-expression that comes with a manual gearbox, and am I a dedicated enough track day driver with enough skill to get the most out of the manual?
We'd have the manual in a heartbeat. The opportunity of having the last supercharged V8 sedan with a manual is too good to pass up on. We'd likely get annoyed with it at times, but sacrifices have to be made. Having said that, we can see a case for going the automatic route. The Cadillac is still a luxury car and an automatic suits it nicely. It's also easier to drive on track as it will do all the shifting on your behalf. You can use the paddles, but the gearbox is smart enough to do all of the grunt work.
We'd have ours in Electric Blue with the $2,890 high-performance seats in Jet Black. The Carbon Fiber 1 Package looks cool and is functional, so we'd have that as well. For an even more stylish exterior, we'd add 19-inch Satin Graphite dark finish alloys, and red brake calipers for some contrast. Finally, we'd go the whole nine yards and get the carbon ceramic brakes. We would use this car on track on a regular basis, so we see it as money well spent. In this build, which is a fully stocked performance car with carbon ceramic brakes, the total price of the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing is $102,205 including destination charges.