SOURCE: Cadillac Pressroom
The newest hidden elements on the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing represent the union of Cadillac engineering and design!
The new CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing, the most track-capable Cadillac models ever, began their path to production at General Motors’ testing and technical centers in Milford and Warren, Michigan, respectively. Designers paid homage to those crucial sites with laser-etched maps of each located on pads that sit to left and right of the steering wheel on manual-transmission models.
The maps are among a myriad of hidden elements to be found on the luxury performance sedans.
The Milford Proving Ground map represents the thorough engineering development that led to two of the fastest and most powerful Cadillacs ever. The Warren Tech Center map represents the on-campus Design team’s focal point on craftsmanship and functional elegance. The serialized V-Series badge at the bottom of the steering wheel represents a car specially manufactured for the customer by the team at GM Lansing Grand River Assembly.
“The CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing are the quintessential examples of form and function coming together,” said Brandon Vivian, executive chief engineer, Cadillac. “This was made possible by Engineering and Design working together from the very beginning to get the most out of these cars. The steering wheel pads symbolize that union, with the customer at the center of it all.”
The customer representation comes on the steering wheel with each customer getting a unique serialized V-Series plaque that identifies their specific vehicle.
The pads take the place of the shift paddles behind the steering wheel on cars not equipped with the optional 10-speed automatic transmission. The vehicles with the automatic transmission still include their functional magnesium paddle shifters, allowing drivers to select their preferred gear.
“The V-Series Blackwings are all about connecting with drivers in ways that go beyond the numbers they can produce on a track,” said Vivian. “It’s an involving experience, with unprecedented attention to detail in all areas of performance and design.”
Indeed, those map details are only two of the more than two dozen subtle, discreet and outright hidden visual references to the V-Series brand and Cadillac’s racing heritage.
Some of them are more obvious such as the V-Series logo and its unique Mondrian pattern that’s incorporated on the manual shift knob, or the Blackwing winged emblem that’s found in a pocket of each available 19-inch Tech Bronze wheel.
Others, however, are more difficult to locate, such as the Mondrian pattern on the underwing of the vehicle or V-Series logo on the air strakes that come with the optional Carbon Fiber 1 package. Others will not be revealed, leaving each owner to discover the myriad of surprising and delightful details.
Additionally, the first 250 production builds of each model are Collector Series vehicles, and they’re commemorated by the people who built them with two special collector plates on the sills and B-pillars. Each sill plate features the signature from a member of the Cadillac V-Series team while the Collector Series plate found on the B-pillar corresponds to the serialized Performance Steering Wheel in each car.
Also, the CT5-V Blackwing’s hand-built supercharged V-8 engine features a signed plaque from the master builder.
“The driving experience of these special models never fails to impress,” said Vivian. “And the more you look inside, outside and even below the surface, the more they reward.”
The 2022 CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing are on sale now with limited availability. The CT4-V Blackwing starts at an MSRP of $59,9901 and fully configured MSRP at $87,7751. The CT5-V Blackwing has a starting MSRP of $84,9901 and a fully configured MSRP of $125,9801. Customers can build their own V-Series Blackwing online at Cadillac.com.
Milford Proving Ground
The Milford Proving Ground opened in 1924 as the industry's first dedicated automobile testing facility. Since then it has grown to nearly four times its original size. Today it offers multiple testing tracks and road courses, as well as numerous facilities dedicated to vehicle development, safety testing, competitive benchmarking and more.
GM Global Technical Center
The Warren Tech Center in Michigan, also referred to as the General Motors Global Technical Center, is recognized as the preeminent innovation center for automotive engineering, design and advanced technology. Here, the world’s best designers and engineers come together to help redefine the future of transportation. The 710-acre campus in southeast Michigan is home to over 21,000 employees.
The Tech Center opened in 1956 and is currently recognized as a National Historic Landmark.
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