Cadillac unveiled its 2025 CT5-V and CT5-V Blackwing sport sedans with good tidings to welcome the new year.
Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Cadillac’s high-performance V-Series lineup, the CT5-V and the more hardcore CT5-V Blackwing are following the footsteps of the revised CT5 with an updated façade, a new 33-inch infotainment display, an available manual transmission (CT5-V Blackwing), and the savagery that buyers expect from the V-Series and Blackwing badges.
“Cadillac sedans continue to drive positive brand momentum year-over-year,” said Cadillac global vice president John Roth. “As V-Series celebrates a record year, the importance of this option for those customers who value performance and power cannot be overstated.”
2025 Cadillac CT5-V: 3.0TT Powertrain
The new Cadillac CT5-V could give drivers of a Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Genesis G90, or BMW 5-Series second thoughts with its 3.0TT turbocharged V6 engine.
Cadillac’s 3.0TT mill has 360 horsepower and 405 lb-ft. of torque, fed to the rear wheels via a 10-speed automatic gearbox. All-wheel drive is optional for the 2025 CT5-V.
Moreover, the 2025 CT5-V has performance-bred hardware and software, like a magnetic ride control suspension, an electronic limited-slip differential, a performance traction management system, selectable drive modes, and launch control.
CT5-V Blackwing: Torchbearer of V8 Power
Just when Ford announced that it wouldn’t mind being the last to offer a V8-powered production car, our faces grew sheepish grins when Cadillac resisted electrifying its world-beating super sports sedan. The 2025 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing remains the pinnacle of GM sedans with its monstrous 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine.
With 668 horsepower and 659 lb-ft. of torque at its disposal, the Blackwing has a 10-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission to route all that savagery to the rear wheels. As much as we love manually rowing gears (especially in a Cadillac Blackwing), the 10-speed automatic enables a zero to 60 mph sprint in about 3.5 seconds, a blink faster than the manual.
Helping the cause are front and rear Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, a magnetic ride control suspension, an electronic limited-slip differential, and launch control with a line lock feature so Blackwing drivers can have all the fun in the world.
Debuting in the 2025 Cadillac CT5-V and CT5-V Blackwing is a 33-inch LED display that houses the digital driver’s screen and the updated infotainment touchscreen. The system now has Google built-in to support native apps like Google Maps, Google Play, and Google Assistant. Moreover, Cadillac redesigned the HVAC controls and gave it cool animations.
The infotainment system features an in-vehicle performance app (with real-time horsepower, torque, and boost parameters), performance gauges (tire temperature, g-force readings, and vital engine data), and an interactive dyno-style graph to analyze the power and torque readings.
Meanwhile, there’s an optional Performance Data Recorder (PDR) for CT5-V and Blackwing buyers who love track days. The system includes a lap analyzer tool, automatic track summaries, and live data, all accessible within the infotainment screen and without using a separate laptop.
Standard Super Cruise
GM’s Super Cruise is standard for the 2025 Cadillac CT5-V and CT5-V Blackwing with the 10-speed automatic. The Super Cruise package includes a three-year subscription and an updated driver attention assist feature.
Pricing & Availability
The 2025 Cadillac CT5-V and CT5-V Blackwing will begin arriving at dealerships this summer. Cadillac will announce the official MSRP information closer to the intended on-sale date, but we figure a sub-$53,000 (CT5-V) and $95,000 (CT5-V Blackwing) base price is in the cards.
New to the 2025 CT5-V are redesigned stacked headlights with fancy lighting choreographies, an updated front grille, a new front spoiler, quad trapezoidal exhaust tips, and three new paint colors: Typhoon Metallic, Deep Space Metallic, and Drift Metallic.
As an extra touch, an illuminated Cadillac crest is behind the new infotainment display, serving as a beacon to welcome the driver.
Alvin Reyes is an Automoblog feature columnist and an expert in sports and performance cars. He studied civil aviation, aeronautics, and accountancy in his younger years and is still very much smitten to his former Lancer GSR and Galant SS. He also likes fried chicken, music, and herbal medicine.