Updated 2025 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Keeps Enthusiasts Enthralled, Begs to be a Future Classic with Manual Transmission Option

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The 2025 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing continues to captivate automotive enthusiasts with its powerful performance and a blend of modern technology and classic features. The standout characteristic of this high-performance sedan is its retention of a manual transmission option, a rarity in today’s market.

At the heart of the CT5-V Blackwing is a formidable 668-horsepower supercharged V8 engine, coupled with the exhilarating choice of a six-speed manual gearbox. This combination sets the Blackwing apart, offering a driving experience that enthusiasts crave. The manual transmission option, along with rear-wheel drive, adds a nostalgic touch to the driving dynamics, making it a unique offering in its class. During our review of the 2023 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing last year we knew Caddy had winner here, and we’re happy that it will continue on for at least another year or two.

The 2025 model brings notable updates to the sedan, enhancing both its design and technology. The most prominent change is the introduction of a wide 33-inch interior display, elevating the cabin’s aesthetics and bringing it on par with high-tech competitors like the BMW M3 and M5. The interior overhaul includes improved features, making the CT5-V Blackwing not only a powerhouse on the road but also a more comfortable and refined ride.

In terms of design, the facelift introduces restyled elements, such as a new grille, front fascia with aero ground effects, and updated lighting with a Mondrian pattern. The exterior exudes muscle, complementing the powerful V8 engine under the hood. The available color options, including Drift Metallic, Deep Space Metallic, and Typhoon Metallic, add a touch of customization for potential buyers.

The CT5-V Blackwing’s dimensions showcase its substantial presence, with a length of 195.9 inches, a width of 80.3 inches, and a height of 56.6 inches. The sedan’s larger size positions it as a compelling alternative to competitors like the BMW M5, and even the BMW M3.

Under the hood, the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 remains unchanged, delivering an impressive 668 horsepower and 659 lb-ft of torque. The performance figures are equally impressive, with a manual version capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. The availability of a ten-speed automatic transmission offers a choice for those seeking a different driving experience. Though, the take rate for the manual transmission accounted for almost half of all CT5-V Blackwings sold, which says something about enthusiasts, and vehicles like this being a dying breed.

The handling of the CT5-V Blackwing is further enhanced with standard Brembo brakes, a custom launch control system, and magnetic ride control suspension. These features contribute to the sedan’s track-worthy performance while maintaining a comfortable ride on normal roads.

While the gas mileage figures are not yet available for the 2025 model, the outgoing model’s numbers indicate that the CT5-V Blackwing is a gas guzzler. The interior updates include a 33-inch LED color display, a performance data recorder, and advanced connectivity features such as Google integration. Super Cruise, an advanced hands-free driving assistant, is standard on automatic models, adding an extra layer of convenience and safety.

The 2025 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing combines power, performance, and modern amenities, making it a compelling option for enthusiasts who appreciate the thrill of driving a V8-powered sedan with a manual transmission. The updates to the interior and technology ensure that the Blackwing remains a competitive and sought-after model in the high-performance sports sedan segment.


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