Everyone loves Easter eggs, right? Finding one is a great moment, especially if you come across it by accident, preferably when simply cleaning or poking around, but maybe because you have to fumble in a far corner. that of the cabin to look for a nagging rattle or some other release. A hidden symbol or message from the manufacturer helps to remind us that some cars are more than just home appliances.
NS 2022 Cadillac CT4-DRAW and CT5-V Blackwings are perfect candidates. Not only are they vehicles for niche enthusiasts whose owners have the ability to redirect them from the inside out, but they also benefit greatly from Cadillac’s racing endeavors, providing a rich source of reference material throughout the vehicle, both inside and out. In fact, it’s enough for Cadillac to fit more than two dozen of them into its two flagship sports sedans. And ever since I got my Blaze Orange CT4 Last week, I decided to see if I could spot some of them on my own – because I didn’t spend enough time digging through car interiors.
Cadillac called some of them out in a set of press documents Tuesday. For example, manual transmission cars like mine have drum wipers on the back of the steering wheel. Instead of just leaving bare plastic that no one has a reason to look at, Cadillac has a small map of its Milford proof zone printed on the signs.
Each Blackwing is also numbered on the wheels. 46-146 translate to CT4-V Blackwing 6-speed, velocity #146. CT5-DRAW Blackwings decode similarly, although their pattern indicator digit is 8 instead of 5. While the steering wheel plaque isn’t exactly hidden, it’s among the items Cadillac notes, as is the “Blackwing” tag on the front seats; The subtle logo on the Alcantara seats is something I discovered on my own. The CT5-V Blackwing models with the carbon fiber seat pack have their logo embossed on the back of the seat.
This takes us outside. Although I know for a fact that there are some hidden items on CT4-DRAWof the undercarriage (we reviewed these on the lift back in July), there are a few obvious items scattered in more accessible locations. The subtle Cadillac crests in the taillights aren’t unique to Blackwing, but they’re still nicely finished. The stylized “V” on the hood insulation looks pretty nice too.
Hidden items also differ between CT4 and CT5-V, as illustrated by the two wheel images above. The picture on the left is the CT5-V Blackwing that I shot at VIR, and you can see the Blackwing logo engraved on the inner lip of the barrel. The Satin Graphite wheels on my car (right) have a stylized “V” logo; I’m not really sure if it’s forging or casting, but it’s pretty cool. Others get their own unique treatment.
There is also this little gem. This is an item Cadillac was complaining about since before we watch Blackwings production, but admittedly it’s pretty cool. This little insert with its 3D printed six-speed shifter and Mondrian model built into it is meant to be reminiscent of the top of a Cadillac. I liked it so much that I earned a spare. You know, just in case. That’s all I’ve found for now, but hopefully I’ll keep you excited about the triumphs and pitfalls of Blackwing ownership – it’s not winter in Michigan anyway.