Cadillac has slowly been retooling its sedan lineup in recent years, replacing the outgoing ATS and CTS with the CT4 and CT5 for the 2020 model year. The latter pairing received V-series mid-level performance versions straight away and followed that with the announced addition of high-performance Blackwing variants in April. Now comes a niche trait for an increasingly niche class of car: Cadillac will make a manual transmission standard for the 2022 CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing editions, the first time either nameplate has been graced with such a gearbox.
We’re not just reporting this as ardent appreciators of an old-fashioned stick-shift, of course (but while we’re here: National Stick Shift Day is on a Friday in 2021, so please remember to celebrate responsibly). The six-speed transmissions going into the Blackwing duo — which Cadillac claims are both quieter and more durable than its previous generation of manuals — are also notable in that they use “additive manufacturing applications” that allow for 3D-printed parts in their construction. GM’s luxury brand says the CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwings are the General’s first production vehicles with functional 3D-printed parts.
Those hesitant (or unwilling, you cowards) to master a three-pedal setup can breathe a sigh of relief: A 10-speed automatic transmission, optional on the CT4 and standard on the CT5, will be available as an option on both Blackwings (which probably makes them quicker cars, sadly). Look for more details, including pricing, on the limited-availability sports sedans closer to their on-sale date starting in the summer of 2021.
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