Still primarily known for outfitting vehicles with the most luxurious appointments possible, Cadillac has recently made waves in the automotive world by branching out into previously uncharted territory with its race-ready V-series Blackwing vehicles. In the automaker’s most recent game-changing move, Cadillac just announced that the new 2022 CT4-V and CT5-V will come with optional magnesium wheels.
Professional auto racers have been using magnesium wheels for well over half a century due to their extremely useful combined high-strength, low-weight properties. Per Cadillac, the material was chosen for the next-gen V-series vehicles because “magnesium wheels help reduce mass at the center, allowing for more flexibility with the spoke design and better shock/vibration absorbance.”
Though the wheels are not expected to look much different than the current wheel options available for V-series Blackwing vehicles, those in-the-know can look for a small “Mg” emblem stamped on the wheel as a tell. While the material is far less popular today than it was earlier in the 20th century, true General Motors enthusiasts will know that this is not GM’s first foray into the world of magnesium wheels; the automaker actually offered similar wheels for the fifth generation of the Corvette until 2001.
The official unveiling of the 2022 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing is not expected until spring, so stay tuned to Quirk Cadillac of Bangor’s blog for updates.