By on January 23, 2020

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.

[Images: General Motors]

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21 Comments on “Rumor Mill: A Truly Hotter Cadillac CT5-V Looms?...”


  • avatar
    Hummer

    The 3.0TT should be the base engine, this is a Cadillac not a Kia. As for the 6.2L this shouldn’t have been allowed out of the gate without that as an option.

    Now let’s see if GM has the balls to put the N/A LT2 in the CT4

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Don’t hold your breath.

    • 0 avatar
      Robotdawn

      Why would they do anything different from Mercedes or BMW? The base engines in both of their competitor cars are about the same as the Cadillac.

      The Blackwing V has been an open secret since about 5 seconds after the new mid-powered V’s were introduced (also copying Mercedes and BMW’s lowering the M and AMG power thresholds).

      I’d buy a NA V8 GM sedan anything if they made one. A CT4 NA V8 would be insane, but likely impossible to fit under the hood. I can’t help but think GM is missing a sales market here. Probably not a profitable one is the problem.

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        “The base engines in both of their competitor cars are about the same as the Cadillac.”

        I don’t really care for the German 2.0T cars but they will absolutely scorch that wheezy 2.0T that GM is putting in current Cadillacs. For that matter so will the old ATS 2.0T. The HT2000 is barely acceptable for Equinox duty, it is a total joke in a MY2020 sport sedan.

        motortrend.com/cars/cadillac/ct5/2020/2020-cadillac-ct5-20t-pros-and-cons-review/

        motortrend.com/cars/cadillac/ats/2017/2017-cadillac-ats-20t-first-test-review/

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    NEWTON METERS BADGING!

    Oh wait Cadillac as already announced they’re over that concept.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Excuse me, which model comes with SatanPower™ standard?

  • avatar
    R Henry

    CT5-V8

    Given the entirely uncreative nomenclature used by Cadillac these days, this will likely be “good enough”…like the rest of the car.

  • avatar
    Featherston

    Two tips for this author:

    1) Put more effort into checking your grammar. “There’s no aggressive new names” should be “[t]here are no aggressive new names.” You have made this error several times in the past.

    2) Be more conservative in linking to your own articles. Citing your earlier opinions as evidence undermines your credibility. As with #1, this habit is a longstanding problem in your work.

    Cordially,
    Featherston

  • avatar
    RedRocket

    Cadillac is clearly already in face-saving mode with this model, but I’m not sure it will be enough. Aside from the questionable styling, the powertrain choices have already branded the CT5 as a subpar performer. A 6.2L V8 may fix the horsepower issue, but the rest of the lineup needs different powerplants as well if it is to be competitive. Right now it is not.

    • 0 avatar
      Nick_515

      A compact-ish sedan with 360 hp has a power issue? You guys crack me up.

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        I have a 365hp sedan of this size and weight and while it it gives respectable acceleration it isn’t “V-Series” worthy either.

        Although in Cadillac’s defense they aren’t the only ones putting high performance badges on mid-level engines.

      • 0 avatar
        RedRocket

        I’m not talking about the $60K V model. The mainstream models are dreadfully underpowered and slower than the cars that they replaced, in addition to have far worse styling.

      • 0 avatar
        RedRocket

        I’m not talking about the $60K V model. The mainstream models are dreadfully underpowered and slower than the cars that they replaced, in addition to having far worse styling.

  • avatar
    BrentinWA

    I have the 3.0TT V6 in my CT6…. its a lovely power plant. That Blackwing V8 is a beautiful piece of art though and should find a home. I wish Cadillac had a better car to drop it in, but this looks like the only one where it could go at this point. Sad state of affairs. Cadillac is good at building a great vehicle and keeping it a complete secret from the car buying public.

  • avatar
    BrentinWA

    I have the 3.0TT V6 in my CT6…. its a lovely power plant. That Blackwing V8 is a beautiful piece of art though and should find a home. I wish Cadillac had a better car to drop it in, but this looks like the only one where it could go at this point. Sad state of affairs. Cadillac is good at building a great vehicle and keeping it a complete secret from the car buying public.

  • avatar
    jfb43

    On a side note, am I the only one who finds this trend of upward-kicking c-pillar body lines hideous?

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    So what was the idea behind the Blackwing, other than wasting money?

  • avatar
    cprescott

    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.

  • avatar
    Jerome10

    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.

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