By on July 3, 2019

As we just covered yesterday, the V-Series application to the Cadillac CT4 and CT5 models will don intermediary performance models, similar to the former V-Sport line. The Blackwing nomenclature will designate top-performing models, redefining what the letter V really means to a Cadillac.

During the reveal of the 2020 CT4-V and CT5-V sedans, General Motors President Mark Reuss said, “Cadillac will make manuals in V-Series.” With four V-Series models across the two sedans, which are the likely candidates to receive three pedals?

The CT4-V and CT5-V specifications have already been provided by Cadillac and neither included a manual transmission. The CT4-V, with 320 horsepower and 369 ft-lbs coming from its 2.7-liter four-cylinder turbo engine, will only offer the 10-speed 10L60 Hydra-Matic transmission. Likewise, the CT5-V will use the 10-speed to route the 355 hp and 400 ft-lbs from its 3.0L twin-turbo V6. Whenever I say or write “10-speed” my mind automatically associates it with a bicycle. But, I digress…

As reported by Muscle Cars and Trucks, it will only be the Blackwing models that receive the row-your-own option. While we can all applaud the availability, we cannot assume that both CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwings will receive the manual transmissions. Mark Reuss only said that there would be manuals “in V-Series.” The two applications could require two different transmissions, depending on the engine selections for the Blackwings.

The last-generation CTS-V, with its 640 hp supercharged V8, was only available with an automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the smaller ATS-V, making 464 hp from its twin-turbo V6, was the sole model that received the 6-speed manual. The CTS-V would have required a higher torque-capacity transmission to be developed, which would have required significant development funds. In all likelihood, there is some correlation between selling price and take-rate of manual transmissions which exceeded the cost/benefit justification to provide one for the CTS-V.

In my prediction, I anticipate that the CT4-V Blackwing will be the only Cadillac offered with a manual transmission. But I dearly hope that it is backing it up a twin-turbo V6, rather than a 4-cylinder.

If the CT5-V Blackwing retains a twin-turbo V6, then maybe there is hope that it will be paired with a manual, but this would be offset by lamenting the loss of the two cylinders. If it receives the V8 we expect (maybe the actual Blackwing engine?), I fear there is a minuscule chance that Cadillac will bring it to market with a manual.

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23 Comments on “Cadillac to Retain Manual Transmissions for V-Series...”

  • avatar

    “The CTS-V would have required a higher torque-capacity transmission to be developed, which would have required significant development funds.”

    This is BS – there is another car that sits on a Alpha and has an LT4 and a manual – The Camaro ZL1. The only real reason is they probably sold 1 manual Gen-2 CTS-Vs for every 20 auto CTS-Vs of the same generation.

    • 0 avatar

      This may well be true, but it would still need to be adapted to the Caddy, for Cadillac drivers. That car also needs to be certified and crash tested, which also adds expense. I agree that it likely has most to do with take rate, though.

    • 0 avatar
      Tele Vision

      Manual V2s are highly sought after at the moment. Non-coupe guys are even buying coupes just for the manual. The same transmission in a Vagon is the Unicorn that all of we V1 guys are after. The V2 guys went mad with upgrades, thereby expensively shortening the lives of their cars – sometimes suddenly and dramatically. 800WHP tends to highlight other ‘weak links’ in the drivetrain – and they’re all expensive to mitigate. Many V1 owners who ‘Maggied’ their cars are now going back to NA, as they’re now realizing that the stock set-up is just fine for 99% of their driving. My 2007 is stock, but for headers and an intake – both of which the LS2 does need.

  • avatar

    Jebus how stupid can you get? Manual transmissions in a Cadillac. Ugh, has so lost their way – how awful – terrible.

    Just getting ahead of the B&B.

  • avatar

    Slightly off topic, but if you want to appeal to performance drivers, get rid of the prototype racer, yea I know it’s winning races but we all know it’s just a GM engine and could just as well be a Chevy, Corvette or even a Buick. Not get your sedans into the GT classes and show you have the mettle to go against BMW, Audi, Lexus, Acura and even Bentley

    • 0 avatar

      Because it worked so well for the Pontiac G6.

      There was a GT3 version of the ATS-V previously as well, it just wasn’t particularly successful

      The real reason it won’t happen is because they don’t want to challenge the Corvette team.

    • 0 avatar

      Um, why? They already got the Corvettes in GT Pro, and they’ve run (and won championships) in SCCA Touring during the Gen 1 V days.

    • 0 avatar

      Well then maybe they should just give up on racing. There was no Cadillac fans that I could see. Not that there were any Acura or Lexus corrals. I did get discounted tickets from Acura tho.

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    So if Blackwing now = V, what trim level = Brougham?

    • 0 avatar

      V Sport – in honor of Iacocca… “lots of visual sizzle, very little steak.”

      • 0 avatar

        RIP, Lido.

        Objectively, the V-Sports actually are pretty fast by historical standards. If you want to call them odd tweeners between the V’s and the regular Cadillacs, I won’t argue with you.

        I wouldn’t want to pay for a new one, but I totally would drive an XTS V-Sport as a guilty pleasure. It seems like it would be a great car for a hypothetical interstate highway with a “reasonable and prudent” speed limit.

        • 0 avatar

          “reasonable and prudent” went by the wayside in 1999 in Montana. Thank you Supreme Court. I was there in “97 on a 1996 Yamaha YZF1000. It felt real weird passing a state trooper at a buck twenty and climbing.

    • 0 avatar

      Hearse edition

  • avatar

    Who cares, all of the new V-series engines suck, might as well put a CVT behind them as anyone buying these lame engines clearly aren’t enthusiasts and wouldn’t know the difference.

  • avatar

    I thought I was going to have to write about how I was going to shame both my father and myself by buying a new Cadillac because of their selection of manual transmissions and body styles. Then I read about the engine offerings. I’m not sure if I’m disappointed or relieved.

  • avatar

    The sheer amount of plumbing on that Blackwing V8 makes the Northstar look downright simplified. Here’s hoping it has none of the Northstar’s….quirks.

  • avatar
    el scotto

    Uh, why don’t they just put a Corvette engine in the top Cadillac? Or is this a case of GM really believing they make the best vehicles on the planet and the Germans and Japanese have never, ever made a V-8 vehicle?

  • avatar

    I’m grateful Cad has this option at all. BMW took it away from the M5 and now it’s just a straight line missile, a la mid-2000s Mercedes AMG but with a lot of electronic crutches designed to let it pretend it’s not really a two-ton autobahn rocket. Lexus and Genesis/Hyundai have nothing in their lineups to compete with them. Chrysler would if only the Hellcat engine were available in the 300. Lincoln only caters to SUV buyers and is disqualified just by not having a dedicated RWD sedan. If it works reasonably well, what do you care if the LT4 is a Chevrolet engine?

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