The Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing is finally here, and the spiritual successor to the CTS-V we loved so much is an even heavier shot across the Atlantic than we expected. Its 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 kicks out a (frankly ridiculous) 668 horsepower and 659 lb-ft of torque. That’s not just “a lot,” it’s enough to put the the European super-sedan aristocracy—the BMW M5 CS, Mercedes-AMG E63 S, and Audi RS7—to shame.
Before we get started, it’s worth noting that both the CT5 and its smaller sibling, the CT4, are what we generally refer to as “tweeners,” meaning their specs land them between established segments. Say, their overall length and wheelbase places them in one segment, but their pricing puts them in another. The non-V CT5’s base price, for example, is $37,990, while the BMW 5 Series starts at $55,195—and even the smaller 3 Series runs $42,245 to start. This, despite the fact