Caddy's monster sedan claimed another impressive record in the Emirates.
The Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing now officially holds the record for the fastest four-door sedan to lap the Dubai Autodrome. It completed a lap of the 3.34-mile circuit in 2:17.653. The previous record was 2:18.816, set by the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 in 2019.
The difference between the two cars makes this record even more remarkable. The Jag was made by the brand's Special Vehicle Operations unit, built specifically to break records. It was essentially a stripped-out racer with four-point harnesses and a roll cage where the rear seats used to live. It also cost $190,000 when it was new.
The Caddy is a comfortable daily cruiser with dual-zone climate control, a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, power-adjustable seats, and a 10-inch infotainment screen mated to a 16-speaker sound system. It's also a full $100k cheaper than the Jag mentioned above.
Why set a record at the Dubai Autodrome? Manufacturers have started a slow move away from the Nurburgring, choosing to tackle FIA-certified tracks instead. In 2018, Porsche used the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid to set lap records at six FIA-approved tracks, one of which was the Dubai Autodrome. Less than a year later, Jag bettered Porsche.
This is Cadillac's second record in the United Arab Emirates. To celebrate Caddy's arrival in the region, it set a track record for the fastest production sedan around the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, the circuit famous for hosting the final round of the F1 season.
The CT5-V Blackwing still holds the sedan record at Yas Marina with a time of 2:20.98. Unfortunately, it isn't easy to put this lap into context. Few manufacturers run the entire circuit, opting for the shorter South Circuit. For reference, a McLaren 765LT can lap the whole track in 2:11.8.
Cadillac has yet to release the video of the Dubai Autodrome lap, but you can see the Yas Marina footage at the bottom of this article.
"Performance has always been part of Cadillac's DNA, and this is perfectly personified in the CT5-V Blackwing," said Kristian Aquilina, Managing Director, Cadillac International Operations and Cadillac Middle East. "Cadillac's fastest-ever subcompact car arrived in the region with a big splash and quickly claimed its territory on some of the world's most renowned tracks, its natural habitat. A year on, this storm is nowhere near easing down. With this new record, this beast once again continues to narrate our story in the racing sphere, backed by over a century of technological innovation, design craftsmanship and performance expertise."
The Dubai Autodrome is certified for F1 racing, but for now, Abu Dhabi and Qatar have been chosen to host the pinnacle of motorsport. Still, the Autodrome regularly hosts the FIA GT Championship, European Touring Car Championship, A1 GP, MRF Challenge, the Radical Middle East Cup, F3 Asia, Asian Le Mans Series, and the Hankook 24-Hour Dubai Endurance Race.