One of the longstanding weaknesses of OE engineering and marketing led to a thriving aftermarket wheel and tire business. Cadillac was among the front-runners ignoring wheels – notably chrome – as its customers customized their rides.
Well, Cadillac has released one of the first uncamouflaged exterior images of its V-Series Blackwing vehicles, or rather the cars’ exclusive magnesium wheels. The 2022 CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing will be the only GM products to offer magnesium wheels soon. The 2022 CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing will be available starting summer 2021.
Marketing says the wheel was Inspired by the championship-winning Cadillac DPi-V.R race car. Naturally, the wheels are optional and in theory – no performance data were released – will help reduce the unsprung weight of the vehicle, improving ride and handling.
CT4V and CT5V are built on Cadillac’s rear-wheel-drive Alpha architecture, with the V-Series models developed to deliver in marketing babble a “blend of performance, presence and road-going refinement.”
Both share the latest standard V-Series performance technologies, including Magnetic Ride Control 4.0, which is tuned specifically for V models to improve comfort without losing performance-oriented responsiveness, and drive modes that include new V-Mode personalization. Each model is available in RWD or AWD and features a 10-speed automatic transmission, Brembo front brakes with eBoost electronic assist and a limited-slip rear differential on CT4-V and electronic limited-slip differential on CT5-V.
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Visit the V-Series Blackwing vehicles page on Cadillac.com for future product updates if you care.