[Staff, 2022-12-20 09:12:41,
You know what idiom always grinds my gears? The notion that you can’t “have your cake and eat it, too.” Sure, I understand the logic behind it, but the saying just feels silly. What exactly is the point of having a cake that you can’t eat? The 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, however, sees your silly cake proverbs and rips them to shreds, blending two things that a whole lot of other automakers seem to treat as mutually exclusive: Massive speed and glorious driving feel.
Think about it. BMW will sell you a manual, rear-drive M3, yes, but only in the base, 473-horsepower guise. Porsche, meanwhile, still offers the GT3 with a manual, sure. But the top-dog GT2 RS? PDK or bust. The Aston Martin Vantage is indeed available with three pedals and a seven-speed dogleg … as long as you go for the regular V8. Want the V12 Vantage? ZF eight-speed auto for you. Hell, even the freakin’ Mazda 3 restricts its stick shift to the standard 186-hp model.
Thankfully, Cadillac seemingly does not because it’s fitted the CT5-V Blackwing—the most powerful sedan General Motors has ever produced—with a six-speed manual transmission. And it’s beautiful.
2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Review Specs
- Base price (as tested): $86,015 ($104,965)
- Powertrain: 6.2-liter supercharged V8 | 6-speed manual | rear-wheel drive
- Horsepower: 668 @ 6,500 rpm
- Torque: 659 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm
- Curb weight: 4,123 pounds
- Seating capacity: 5
- Cargo volume: 11.9 cubic feet
- EPA fuel economy: 13 mpg city…
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