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      09-28-2021, 05:16 PM   #221
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I agree but my real question is whether the motorcycle cop is about to pull over the Caddie or the BMW.

Ha!! That's the first thing that popped in my mind when I noticed him!
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Cadillac Scores First Place Against BMW and Audi in New Car and Driver Comparison

Comparison Test: 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing vs. 2021 Audi RS7 vs. 2021 BMW M5 Competition

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Highs: Instant supercharged responses, best steering, lowest price.
Lows: Thirstiest, some crummy interior materials, this one didn't have the manual.
Verdict: A four-door race car that's fun at any speed.

Everyone loves the Blackwing, the most visceral car here. You don't need to push a button to access the CT5-V's rowdy side—it's always there, sometimes lurking just below the surface and sometimes blasting through the wall like the Kool-Aid Man. One cam, 668 horsepower, oh yeah!

Of course, there is a V button on the steering wheel. It effects less of a personality change than the RS and M buttons in the other cars, simply because the Caddy is a bundle of aggression by default. It's the lightest, the most powerful, the loudest at wide-open throttle. It pulled 1.01 g's on the skidpad. It's the sole car in this group to offer a manual transmission (an auto is tested here). And it's the least expensive, costing $35,380 less than the BMW. The Blackwing never lets you forget what it is—it's the only one with a top-dead-center stripe on the steering wheel—but it's not obnoxious about it. It can calm down, smother the bumps, even give you a little driver's-seat back massage (not as good as the BMW's, but please). Then you drop the hammer and it erupts.

In the lower gears, the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 doesn't seem to rev so much as explode. Mat the throttle and unleash an 85-decibel braaappp-braaappp; suddenly you are doing 100 mph. With no lag and instant reactions from the throttle and 10-speed automatic transmission, the CT5 trashed even the mighty M5 in both 30-to-50-mph and 50-to-70-mph passing tests. The M5 and RS7 have all-wheel-drive traction off the line, but the Blackwing doesn't take long to assert its horsepower. At the quarter-mile—dispatched in 11.4 seconds—the Caddy's 128-mph trap speed is just behind the M5's 130 mph.

The CT5's logbook was filled with praise. "The Blackwing was clearly developed by people who care about cars," one entry reads. "Dynamically, it's near perfection. The ride control is amazing. The steering is honest-to-God great, like the man upstairs developed it himself. And the electronically controlled limited-slip differential and performance traction management make wrangling 668 horsepower with a pair of 305/35R-19 lassos a not-scary experience." Those rear tires are wider than the Audi's and BMW's by 20 millimeters, giving the Caddy the stance of an escaped IMSA GT4 car. If there's a letdown, it's the interior, which isn't up to Audi or BMW levels of luxury. But the joyousness of the Blackwing driving experience has a way of blinding you to Chevy Trax–grade lower door panels.

When we strapped into Wicked Twister, we knew its days were numbered. We can say the same about these snarling V-8 anomalies, elite performance machines straddling the gas-powered past and an electrified future. They're all outrageous fun, but the Cadillac is the car we'll reminisce about decades from now.

Maybe Cedar Point should replace Wicked Twister with a track and a CT5-V Blackwing. We'd be willing to wait in line for that.
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Just finished reading this from my feed.

Sent it to my friend who has one on order. Hell be delighted. 😉
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One of my good friends took delivery of his order recently. Says it's "absolutely bonkers". I hope to get a test drive soon...
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One of my good friends took delivery of his order recently. Says it's "absolutely bonkers". I hope to get a test drive soon...
Looks great, love the color and the seats, also a nice two car solution with the Escalade.
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Thank you, Stein. I used to read C&D, R&T, MT religiously, but now with so much info available over the internet, they've kind of taken a back seat.

The below results chart tells the story, in particular check the bottom. I remember the days when MB/Audi fans complaining... wait a minute, so the AMG is the most powerful, walks the other in 0-60, blows the door off the others in the 1/4 mile, etc., and the Bimmer is worst in all those categories... but yet the BMW wins because of road feel, handling, ride and something called "Fun Factor"? WTF!??? BMW must be paying these publications on the side.

Now the tables have turned and BMW loses in all these road feel & handling categories driving them to last place. BMW got what they wanted, they reap what they sowed. If the point was sales, BMW market share compared to MB/Audi/Porsche is no better than 15 years ago. It's not working except driving BMW enthusiasts to Porsche.

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Perfect score in chassis, GM better pay their engineers well or they will get poached.
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You think there will be an aftermarket front end to get rid of that gruesome area under each headlight? Because of this stupidness they put the orange indicator light on the wheel arch, i mean FFS, what an absolute clusterfuck.
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You think there will be an aftermarket front end to get rid of that gruesome area under each headlight? Because of this stupidness they put the orange indicator light on the wheel arch, i mean FFS, what an absolute clusterfuck.
The CT5 isn't beautiful but it looks better than the CT4. On the CT5 they at least broke up that weird vertical LED but on the CT4 looks just odd to see this long vertical LED from from the hoodline to the bottom of the front end.
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Yeah it has GOT to go, it just savages the front end.
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You think there will be an aftermarket front end to get rid of that gruesome area under each headlight? Because of this stupidness they put the orange indicator light on the wheel arch, i mean FFS, what an absolute clusterfuck.
The sheer amount of exaggeration in this post.
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The sheer amount of exaggeration in this post.
Nah man it is a mess. Imagine that front end without it, and the light on the wheel arch is ... urrrgh. Someone will market a fix i reakon.
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Nah man it is a mess. Imagine that front end without it, and the light on the wheel arch is ... urrrgh. Someone will market a fix i reakon.
No they won't because its not a big deal and the buyers don't care. It's a limited production run and I'm pretty sure they are close to if not already sold out.
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The irony of discussing ugly front ends on a BMW forum.
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The irony of discussing ugly front ends on a BMW forum.
Exactly.

I actually like both the CT4 and CT5 styling.
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The irony of discussing ugly front ends on a BMW forum.
Exactly.

I actually like both the CT4 and CT5 styling.
Agreed, and the back is weirder than the front, I really don't see anything off about the front but we're arguing with an Alfa fan…
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i resemble that remark.
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The irony of discussing ugly front ends on a BMW forum.
Most of us realize there's a large contingency of old men yelling at clouds that populate bimmerpost dissecting and rejecting every little thing about BMW while putting ugly cars from other manufacturers on a pedestal. It's just how this forum rolls.
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The irony of discussing ugly front ends on a BMW forum.
Most of us realize there's a large contingency of old men yelling at clouds that populate bimmerpost dissecting and rejecting every little thing about BMW while putting ugly cars from other manufacturers on a pedestal. It's just how this forum rolls.
Do those clouds have a manual? I needz three pedals.
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Most of us realize there's a large contingency of old men yelling at clouds that populate bimmerpost dissecting and rejecting every little thing about BMW while putting ugly cars from other manufacturers on a pedestal. It's just how this forum rolls.
I am an equal opportunity hater. The current M4 is an embarrassment, the back half of the new vette looks like a bashed crab and the front end of the this blackwing would look 100 times better without that two level lighting system.
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