Back in September, Cadillac officially announced that the upcoming Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing will offer a set of optional carbon fiber racing seats. And now, Cadillac Society has learned that the seats will feature heating and venting capability.
The inclusion of heating and venting functionality is noteworthy, since many high-performance cars are stripped down to allow for maximum weight reduction. But since the CT5-V Blackwing – which will become the range-topping CT5 model – will be a luxury car as well as a high-performance beast, the inclusion of the climate control features makes sense. In fact, light-weight seats with heating and venting functionality might just be the ultimate seat for a high-performance luxury car.
The teaser image Cadillac released during its official announcement in September shows the carbon fiber pattern on the rear-facing portion of the seats, along with a laser-etched V-series logo. It also looks like the seat has racing harness cutouts on either side of the logo, which fits the racing pedigree of the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing.
The seats will match the carbon fiber accented steering wheel that will be featured on CT5-V Blackwing. The wheel will also have leather along with cut-and-sewn stitching, a prominent red stripe at the 12 o’clock position, a V-Series emblem, and a yet-to-be-identified nomenclature.
The Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing will be powered by Cadillac’s supercharged 6.2L V8 similar to the LT4 unit used in the third-generation CTS-V, here it was rated at 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission and 6-speed manual will be offered. The CT5-B Blackwing will also feature wider tires than the CTS-V, as Cadillac Society was first to report.
A smaller Blackwing, the CT4-V, will be offered alongside the CT5-V with a twin-turbocharged 3.6L V6, similar to the LF4 motor used in the discontinued Cadillac ATS-V, where it made 464 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. However, it doesn’t appear that the CT4-V Blackwing will offer the optional carbon fiber racing seats, however.
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Happy to read that it will have some options befitting of a Cadillac performance sedan.
Hopeful it will follow the previous generation CTS-Vs and still be a bargain.
I am first on my dealer’s list for the new CT5-V BW, greatly anticipating a vehicle to replace my CTS-V coupe with the 6 speed Tremec. From what I’ve seen so far, the new BW needs to offer a distinctive hood, not unlike the Corvette or Camero super series hoods. The one I’ve seen so far is REALLY boring, belying the performance we will be paying for.
The discussion seems to have gotten into a groove filled with small stuff and irrational comparisons to European vehicles. You can always find something that is better in some other car if you just set out to look for it. Living high up in Northern Europe, I have hade 4 CTS:s, 1 1966 289 cid Mustang, 1 Buick Regal 305 cid, 1 Torino 302 cid, 1 Aspen 318 cid. They had a thing no European has below 200 k$: An ENGINE, not a whining little thing that sounds like some stomach illness when you press the throttle. Mind you, fuel economy in the old ones was lousy. Performance so-so, but a pit stop at the speed shop set you back 200 $ and changed your mill into a roaring monster to wake up with your big toe, if needed. Not the CTS:s, to be sure, but they moved enough at the start!
And, to borrow what Gertrude Stein said about a rose: “A Cadillac is a Cadillac is a Cadillac”.