Rumor Mill: A Truly Hotter Cadillac CT5-V Looms?

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

This is a tidbit we certainly hope is true. After Cadillac was forced on the defensive for debuting a V-badged CT5 sedan widely seen as lacking in the power department, word comes that a wilder variant with a very familiar heart is just around the corner.

The brand is expected to stage a return of the powerplant that made the new model’s CTS-V predecessor great.

Of course, that mill would be the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that churned out 640 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque in the loftiest of the Cadillac V clan. With the brand’s twin-turbo 4.2-liter Blackwing V8 apparently without a future, a source tells Car and Driver that the 6.2L will find a home in the CT5-V.

The same source claims the Blackwing just doesn’t fit beneath the CT5’s hood, but the old-school 6.2L does. For its part, Cadillac has teased the possibility of hotter V-badged variants in the past, without providing much in the way of detail. A camouflaged CT5-V prototype videotaped while undergoing testing seems to bear out the conclusion that an established V8 engine could be on the way.

As it stands now, the CT5-V makes do with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 making 360 hp and 405 lb-ft. Those figures are 5 hp and 5 lb-ft greater than what Cadillac stated during the midsize sedan’s launch. Starting at $48,695 for a rear-drive model, the CT5-V goes on sale early this year.

Just how Cadillac plans to differentiate a hotter CT5-V from the existing one remains to be seen. There’s no aggressive new names (HellDemon, SatanPower, etc) in General Motors’ trademark roster to suggest extra badging on a 6.2L model, though the brand could simply choose to adorn it with a displacement indicator.

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  • Cprescott Cprescott on Jan 23, 2020

    A sledge hammer taken to the c-pillar on this wretched thing would be an upgrade. And then a match thrown into the interior would resolve the cheap looking stuff that is being passed off by Cadihack these days.

  • Jerome10 Jerome10 on Jan 23, 2020

    I don’t know a thing about the Blackwing other than they made an all new engine and were all set to go and slammed the brakes? At that point the money is sunk...why NOT release it? But the funniest thing to me is this..... General Motors for how many decades now has been trying different engines. I6 in the old TrailBlazer. Twin Turbo V6. NorthStar V8. Blackwing. And in every single instance it turns out the best engine GM has ever made, some might argue the best engine in automotive history, the pushrod small block V8 always ends up the answer. Every single time. Other engines too tall to fit? Small block fits. Other engines don’t get great economy for their power output? The small block does. Costs way too much in production? The small block doesn’t. Horribly complicated? Small block isn’t. I’m just amazed how every single time GM realizes they need more power or a better engine, drop in the small block. Will just add I have to say I think “Blackwing” might be the coolest engine name I’ve ever heard. Too bad that marketing genius is gonna be wasted along with the engine itself.

  • Teddyc73 As I asked earlier under another article, when did "segment" or "class" become "space"? Does using that term make one feel more sophisticated? If GM's products in other segments...I mean "space" is more profitable then sedans then why shouldn't they discontinue it.
  • Robert Absolutely!!! I hate SUV's , I like the better gas milage and better ride and better handling!! Can't take a SUV 55mph into a highway exit ramp! I can in my Malibu and there's more than enough room for 5 and trunk is plenty big enough for me!
  • Teddyc73 Since when did automakers or car companies become "OEM". Probably about the same time "segment" or "class" became "space". I wish there were more sedans. I would like an American sedan. However, as others have stated, if they don't sell in large enough quantities to be profitable the automakers...I mean, "OEMs" aren't going to build them. It's simple business.
  • Varezhka I have still yet to see a Malibu on the road that didn't have a rental sticker. So yeah, GM probably lost money on every one they sold but kept it to boost their CAFE numbers.I'm personally happy that I no longer have to dread being "upgraded" to a Maxima or a Malibu anymore. And thankfully Altima is also on its way out.
  • Tassos Under incompetent, affirmative action hire Mary Barra, GM has been shooting itself in the foot on a daily basis.Whether the Malibu cancellation has been one of these shootings is NOT obvious at all.GM should be run as a PROFITABLE BUSINESS and NOT as an outfit that satisfies everybody and his mother in law's pet preferences.IF the Malibu was UNPROFITABLE, it SHOULD be canceled.More generally, if its SEGMENT is Unprofitable, and HALF the makers cancel their midsize sedans, not only will it lead to the SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST ones, but the survivors will obviously be more profitable if the LOSERS were kept being produced and the SMALL PIE of midsize sedans would yield slim pickings for every participant.SO NO, I APPROVE of the demise of the unprofitable Malibu, and hope Nissan does the same to the Altima, Hyundai with the SOnata, Mazda with the Mazda 6, and as many others as it takes to make the REMAINING players, like the Excellent, sporty Accord and the Bulletproof Reliable, cheap to maintain CAMRY, more profitable and affordable.