Hottest Cadillac V Models to Carry Blackwing Name, Not Blackwing Engine

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

Cadillac has pulled the curtain back on its expanded CT4-V and CT5-V sedan lineup, confirming that the brawnier versions of those performance variants will carry a Blackwing designation.

Designed with track days in mind and available with manual transmissions, the CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwings will offer potent power, just not of the Blackwing variety.

It seems Cadillac still has no use for the twin-cam 4.2-liter Blackwing V8 that served briefly in the now-defunct CT6-V. Instead, Caddy’s turned to larger-displacement, lower-tech fare, massaging the former CTS-V’s supercharged 6.2-liter for CT5-V Blackwing duty. Output remains unconfirmed, which can also be said of the model’s introduction timing.

Lower on the Cadillac totem, the CT4-V Blackwing is expected to carry a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6, much like its ATS-V predecessor.

When Cadillac debuted its new compact and midsize sedans, reaction was muted. The same went for the resulting V-badged models, which seemed too mild to be worthy of the designation. Fear not, Cadillac brass said, more is on the way. It looks like the V family can have more than one member.

Calling the upcoming models “the apex of Cadillac performance and driver engagement,” the brand said the two models eclipsed their predecessors’ lap times during testing at Virginia International Raceway. It was spy photos taken during testing that alerted us to the presence of a burlier brace of Caddys looming in the pipeline.

Besides the upgraded mills, Blackwing variants differ from stock V fare via a specially tuned chassis and vehicle control technologies.

All that said, it’s strange that the name of an in-house engine will end up plastered to the exterior of vehicles that don’t carry it. Not that the 550-horse motor was likely to beat the old 6.2L, rated at 640 hp in CTS-V guise (and likely more in the CT5-V Blackwing).

“The Blackwing name has come to represent the very best of Cadillac performance engineering, craftsmanship and technology,” said Cadillac executive chief engineer Brandon Vivian in a statement. “The new CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing build on the brand’s respected legacy of ultimate-performance driving experiences and elevate them even further.”

Stay tuned for more details as the two Blackwings draw nearer.

[Images: General Motors]

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  • Bd2 Bd2 on Apr 14, 2020

    Despite its issues, Toyota can't keep them in stock (both here and overseas). But that front clip isn't very appealing; rather get the CR-V hybrid.

    • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Apr 15, 2020

      I think you got the wrong car, McFly. Now why don't upi make like a tree...and get outta here.

  • Thelaine Thelaine on Apr 15, 2020

    I wonder if Cadillac has been profitable for the last 10 or 15 years. Are Escalade profits enough? Does anything else make money? They seem to waste a lot of money jumping from one thing to the next. Good luck betting the farm on electric cars. More golden parachutes for failed Cadillac execs. Cadillac has spent so much money on so many failed products for such a long period of time I cannot believe they still exist.

  • ToolGuy Personally I have no idea what anyone in this video is talking about, perhaps someone can explain it to me.
  • ToolGuy Friendly reminder of two indisputable facts: A) Winners buy new vehicles (only losers buy used), and B) New vehicle buyers are geniuses (their vehicle choices prove it):
  • Groza George Stellantis live off the back of cheap V8 cars with old technology and suffers from lack of new product development. Now that regulations killed this market, they have to ditch the outdated overhead.They are not ready to face the tsunami of cheap Chinese EVs or ready to even go hybrid and will be left in the dust. I expect most of their US offerings to be made in Mexico in the future for good tariff protection and lower costs of labor instead of overpriced and inflexible union labor.
  • MaintenanceCosts This is delaying an oil change for my Highlander by a couple of weeks, as it prevented me from getting an appointment before a business trip out of town. Oh well, much worse things have happened.I also just got a dealership oil change for my BMW (thanks, loss-leader prepaid plans!) and this didn't seem to affect them at all.
  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X Gonna need more EV fuel.