While Cadillac offers luxury and style, enthusiasts have long appreciated not having to sacrifice performance and quality construction for an eye-popping ride. The company's new offerings are no exception and offer industry-leading engineering along with sleek design. Though Cadillac fans have come to expect this, many were still surprised when the company announced one of the advancements in the upcoming 2022 V-Series Blackwings. The CT4-V and CT5-V for the new 2022 line will come standard with magnesium wheels.
2022 V-Series Blackwings
Cadillac has been teasing tidbits of information about their highly anticipated 2022 V-Series luxury sedans. The new Blackwings will be coming in 2 models: the V-6 CT4-V; and the 6.2L V-8 CT5-V. Both vehicles look very promising both drivers that appreciate luxury and style as well as those that crave performance. Both offer the option of a 10-speed automatic or 6-speed manual and Cadillac has teased luxurious photos of a 3-d medallion stick shift and leather, embroidered steering wheel.
As Cadillac's record suggests, performance won't be sacrificed for luxury in these models. The lower model CT4-V is expected to have the same 3.0L twin-turbo engine as the current CT5-Vs or even the twin-turbo 3.6L from the current ATS-V. The higher-end CT5-V model is largely anticipated to come with a supercharged 6.2L V-8 under the hood. This would provide 650 horsepower and offer top speeds of over 200 mph!
With specs like this, Cadillac decided to go all the way and make magnesium wheels standard with both models it seems. These lightweight wheels are staples of racing vehicles to squeeze that last bit of speed and acceleration out of construction and have previously been more than a little difficult for regular car buyers to be able to take for a ride.
"Nice Mags"
Though some veterans of car culture will remember the phrase "nice mags" in reference to chic wheels on '60s muscle cars, this was usually a misnomer. Oftentimes wheels on these classic cars were painted chrome, but the phrase gained common use due to race cars being equipped with lighter chrome wheels.
Even today race cars are often still equipped with these wheels for their lighter weights, but they are quite rare on consumer cars. Chevrolet offered them as an expensive add-on to fifth-generation Corvettes but abandoned the option later. Other than this and other isolated custom cars, magnesium wheels have never been an option for production buyers before.
The Advantages of Magnesium Wheels
Lighter weight components on a car offer obvious advantages with handling, braking, and acceleration. Cadillac's new magnesium wheels offer a significant decrease in weight over traditional alloy tires, and even over more advanced carbon fiber versions. A spokesman for Cadillac explained why magnesium was chosen for the new models, telling Car and Driver, "magnesium wheels help reduce mass at the center, allowing for more flexibility with the spoke design and better shock/vibration absorbance. In our testing, magnesium alloy wheels produced a better ride quality due to its vibration dampening".
Better vibration dampening could benefit more than just the feel of the ride. Lighter wheels with less tendency to vibrate and stutter could mean safer driving with less tendency to wear down over time. Though we'll have to wait until summer 2021 to drive on these mags, everyone is eager for more teasers from Cadillac.

The V-Series Blackwings aren't the only exciting developments from Cadillac about their upcoming 2022 offerings. If you want to learn more, contact us or give us a call at (941) 312-2807. Not only is our dealership full of Cadillac experts, but people who are excited to see the new models and help you find what Cadillac may be right for you. You can call us, visit us online or come see us at 2200 Bee Ridge Road, Monday – Saturday and see why we're the highest rated luxury dealership in Sarasota.
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