We haven’t seen much of the ultra-high performance Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing since its existence was first recognized over a year ago. It does happen though, and judging by the lack of camouflage on this recently spotted prototype, it could happen soon.
This new set of spy photos catches the quick, camera-zipped Blackwing, but it’s enough to give us a good look at the front, side and back of the Caddy. Externally, the super sedan shouldn’t fall far from the CT5 shaft – the rear fascia probably hides a modest diffuser, and the fender at the top of the trunk lid still looks a bit larger. The rocker panels seem just a little lower – merging with the front and rear fairings for a subtle Blackwing body kit – and while the wheels look like the standard V’s, the tires are considerably wider.
The front fascia is probably where most of the visual arousal will occur. It’s easy to spot the Blackwing’s bolder mesh pattern in the grille and the lower grip is larger. The corner sockets are also different from the V, but the long horizontal LED strip stays in place. The overall effect gives the CT5-V Blackwing a rather sly smile, and if the powertrain rumors are true, it has good reason to be happy.
The twin-turbocharged Blackwing V8 is gone despite the car officially carrying the Blackwing moniker. Instead, we’d expect to find a holdover from the old CTS-V days, especially the supercharged 6.2-liter V8. In this case, the engine should produce the same power of 650 horsepower (485 kilowatts) as that of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Perhaps the manual transmission option Cadillac has confirmed for the Blackwing is more appealing to driving purists.
When will we see it? Recent teasers and this sighting suggest that a reveal is ahead. In a normal world, we would mark the Los Angeles Auto Show at the end of next month as a key date, but the show is canceled. However, automakers still seem drawn to vehicle debuts during show times, so mid-late November could be a safe bet for a CT5-V Blackwing reveal.