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While it's a bit cliché, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. That's exactly what Cadillac has done with the 2025 CT5-V and even hotter CT5-V Blackwing, which follow the regular CT5 sedan in receiving a mid-cycle refresh in all the right places. The Blackwing's perfect supercharged V8 and its heralded six-speed manual go on completely untouched, as does the twin-turbocharged V6 engine in the CT5-V. Instead, changes revolve around an angrier face and a much-needed touch of class for the cabin.


When we say the powertrains are untouched, we're talking down to the suspension, brakes, and tires. The CT5-V Blackwing continues to send 668 hp and 659 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels only, either through a six-speed manual or an automatic. The CT5-V still makes a healthy 360 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque from its twin-turbocharged 3.0 liter V6, sending it to either the rear wheels or all four through a ten-speed automatic.




As for the actual changes here, the V-badged variants gain the same exterior updates as the rest of the 2025 CT5 lineup. That includes a wider grille flanked by redesigned headlights, along with aggressive new front bumper designs. The CT5-V Blackwing in particular features an extra piece of black trim extending from the inner headlights down into the lower intake area, along with a larger front splitter and rear spoiler and the continuation of the optional carbon fiber aerodynamics package.


All new CT5 sedans are now offered with Deep Space Metallic and Typhoon Metallic exterior colors, while the V and V Blackwing also gain a new Drift Metallic option.




The interior is arguably where the pre-facelift CT5 went wrong, and luckily Cadillac has worked to address it. An expansive 33-inch LED display now sits atop the dash, featuring a suite of integrated apps from Google. Luckily, the physical climate controls remain, albeit with some small readjustments. The V models also feature an illuminated Cadillac crest behind the center screen, which becomes visible from outside of the vehicle as the driver approaches and is accompanied by truck new animations from the headlights and taillights. The 2025 model year also marks the addition of Super Cruise hands-free driving, though it's available on automatic models only.


The V-badged sedans make use of the larger 33-inch display with additional tools for the Performance Data Recorder, a feature that comes as standard on the Blackwing and is optional on the less powerful CT5-V. Alongside a redesigned interface for the PDR comes a new Lap Analyzer feature, which takes data that would usually require a connected laptop program and spits it directly onto the CT5's own display, taking away the need to remove the SD card to transfer data. The display also provides access to custom reference lap options and direct access to video playback from the vehicle's built-in camera system. There's also a new Speed Tips feature that, as its name suggests, provides the driver tips on how to reduce their lap time.


The central section of the display also reads live data intended for the front passenger, displaying lap times, brake position, and a friction circle, while a separate readout displays live metrics for power, torque, boost, g-forces, and tire temperature. Similar information for the driver can be found on the head-up display.



Both 2025 CT5-V models are said to have simplified trim lineups, though details on those changes and pricing will be announced closer to the summer launch for Caddy's pair of sporty sedans.


Image Credits: Cadillac
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Feb 11, 2024
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2025 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Revealed With New Looks, Same Great V8

The V6-powered CT5-V benefits from a similar set of changes.

While it's a bit cliché, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. That's exactly what Cadillac has done with the 2025 CT5-V and even hotter CT5-V Blackwing, which follow the regular CT5 sedan in receiving a mid-cycle refresh in all the right places. The Blackwing's perfect supercharged V8 and its heralded six-speed manual go on completely untouched, as does the twin-turbocharged V6 engine in the CT5-V. Instead, changes revolve around an angrier face and a much-needed touch of class for the cabin.


When we say the powertrains are untouched, we're talking down to the suspension, brakes, and tires. The CT5-V Blackwing continues to send 668 hp and 659 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels only, either through a six-speed manual or an automatic. The CT5-V still makes a healthy 360 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque from its twin-turbocharged 3.0 liter V6, sending it to either the rear wheels or all four through a ten-speed automatic.




As for the actual changes here, the V-badged variants gain the same exterior updates as the rest of the 2025 CT5 lineup. That includes a wider grille flanked by redesigned headlights, along with aggressive new front bumper designs. The CT5-V Blackwing in particular features an extra piece of black trim extending from the inner headlights down into the lower intake area, along with a larger front splitter and rear spoiler and the continuation of the optional carbon fiber aerodynamics package.


All new CT5 sedans are now offered with Deep Space Metallic and Typhoon Metallic exterior colors, while the V and V Blackwing also gain a new Drift Metallic option.




The interior is arguably where the pre-facelift CT5 went wrong, and luckily Cadillac has worked to address it. An expansive 33-inch LED display now sits atop the dash, featuring a suite of integrated apps from Google. Luckily, the physical climate controls remain, albeit with some small readjustments. The V models also feature an illuminated Cadillac crest behind the center screen, which becomes visible from outside of the vehicle as the driver approaches and is accompanied by truck new animations from the headlights and taillights. The 2025 model year also marks the addition of Super Cruise hands-free driving, though it's available on automatic models only.


The V-badged sedans make use of the larger 33-inch display with additional tools for the Performance Data Recorder, a feature that comes as standard on the Blackwing and is optional on the less powerful CT5-V. Alongside a redesigned interface for the PDR comes a new Lap Analyzer feature, which takes data that would usually require a connected laptop program and spits it directly onto the CT5's own display, taking away the need to remove the SD card to transfer data. The display also provides access to custom reference lap options and direct access to video playback from the vehicle's built-in camera system. There's also a new Speed Tips feature that, as its name suggests, provides the driver tips on how to reduce their lap time.


The central section of the display also reads live data intended for the front passenger, displaying lap times, brake position, and a friction circle, while a separate readout displays live metrics for power, torque, boost, g-forces, and tire temperature. Similar information for the driver can be found on the head-up display.



Both 2025 CT5-V models are said to have simplified trim lineups, though details on those changes and pricing will be announced closer to the summer launch for Caddy's pair of sporty sedans.


Image Credits: Cadillac

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