Cadillac's Awesome New Blackwings Lack AWD For A Reason

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It makes complete sense.

Over the past few years, the availability of all-wheel drive to mainstream and luxury vehicles has seriously increased; it's no longer limited to just Subarus. Consumers often demand and require power to be sent to all four wheels for situations like sloppy road conditions and even some moderate off-roading.

Driving enthusiasts desire rear-wheel-drive because this system improves handling by balancing the car's weight in a more even fashion front to rear. Furthermore, because the front wheels do not drive and steer, engineers can optimize a RWD vehicle's suspension for even better handling. The downside? Less traction on slippery roads. Winter tires are a must.

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But Cadillac was more than happy to satisfy enthusiasts for its two new ultimate performance sedans. The Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing are rear-wheel-drive only and there are no intentions to make AWD available, at least for now. The decision to make them RWD-only was very easy, according to Cadillac performance variants manager Mirza Grebovic.

Speaking to Cadillac Society, he acknowledged the subject of AWD muscle sedans isn't exactly new but stands by the RWD decision. "The stance we took as a team is that we really wanted to make [the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing] drivers' cars. V-Series was born from motorsports, from our motorsport experience and us wanting to be in motorsports, and we don't have any motorsports applications with all-wheel-drive."

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Another AWD issue is weight, the ultimate enemy to blistering performance, especially on the track. "With all-wheel-drive, there are mass hits, there are cost hits, and more engineering challenges. With the 668 horsepower [CT5-V Blackwing] or 472 horsepower [CT4-V Blackwing], we really wanted to celebrate - as I like to call it - the art of driving." Blackwing owners who live in states with wintry weather, including Michigan resident Grebovic, are highly recommended to acquire those winter tires. Grebovic further noted that both models have snow and ice modes.

He's also currently driving an early Blackwing car (he didn't mention which one) and isn't experiencing any problems thanks to winter tires.

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Source Credits: Cadillac Society

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