By on April 14, 2020

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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.

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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.

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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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21 Comments on “Hottest Cadillac V Models to Carry Blackwing Name, Not Blackwing Engine...”


  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    This is what they should have done from the get go. The LS is already a world class motor. Pity all that cash developing the blackwing couldn’t get spread into better interiors or something. Still…if you like cars, clearly this is good news and the manual transmissions are certainly a welcome announcement.

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      The small-block (LT now, no longer LS) is fine for performance applications like this, but too noisy and vibration-prone to compete with modern sixes and eights in luxury cars. If it weren’t for the coming transition to electric, they would have really needed the Blackwing engine for the Escalade to compete in its segment.

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        I don’t know about the 8s (a little out of my price range), but the LT and the Hemi don’t really have any vibration issues compared to premium badge V6s.

        I don’t know if it really a “luxury” engine but it should be GM’s first stop in performance cars.

        • 0 avatar
          dal20402

          I’ve only experienced the Hemi in pickup trucks, but I owned an LS-powered car, and the whole car shook gently at idle from new. I’m very doubtful that can be mitigated with engine mounts.

          • 0 avatar
            ajla

            “the whole car shook gently at idle from new.”

            So does the Stinger and they put that engine in the G90.

          • 0 avatar
            golden2husky

            Dal, I agree. My LT1 in a C7 has a a tad of lopyness at idle when stopped. Fine for the application (I actually like it a lot) but not for a luxury ride. Perhaps a different cam could be used to smooth it out but no doubt that would come at a performance/mileage/emission penalty.

        • 0 avatar
          Art Vandelay

          I love my boosted 4’s all day…but not in a Cadillac. The LT architecture should peculate down to lower trims. Not the manual equipped batcrap crazy ones like this, but no reason for the smaller displacement NA versions not to be in these cars either. If you can’t join em (The Germans), then beat them. People arent buying the ones with the German sized motors. V6 should be base here.

      • 0 avatar
        jack4x

        NVH mitigation is orders of magnitude cheaper than engine development.

  • avatar
    ajla

    Good stuff, largely happy with this.

    Sadly the CT5-VBW is probably going to be outside my price range. I still wish the CT4-VBW just used the LT1, but the 3.6T is still a big upgrade over the 4-cylinder engines the car has been stuck with until now.

  • avatar
    cprescott

    It is a shame Cadihack has to resort to adding fake names to cars with no names. They build a decent engine and chassis and then do everything else so horrificly that the cars aren’t worth spit overall.

  • avatar
    xflowgolf

    Proof GM can royally screw up a good thing. What a marketing botch job. So now that they’ve aimed the fail cannon at the “V” brand in moving it down market, they’ve abandoned ship and named the new hot model after a new moniker of an engine they’ll no longer use.

    If only there would have been a way to uphold the prestige of the V brand, while bringing in a “V-Sport” to slot in below those models. (/sarcasm)

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      Yes, I think “V-Sport” and “V” was fine compared to what they’ve moved to.

      Although these days Mercedes is tossing full-whack “AMG” badges on nearly everything that isn’t a base car so GM isn’t alone.

    • 0 avatar

      I went looking with $ in hand to buy a VSport CTS. I was able to find two, one in Michigan and the other in Calif. I’m on the east coast. Near as I could tell, there was one production run of maybe 500. They didn’t exist at dealers. The proper V cars were halos and if they had one, there was an ADP sticker in addition to the inflated retail sticker. Total Fail- BMW would sell me any M car or M Sport, as would Benz. The CTS VSport had a version of the six in the ATS V, and it would have been ideal-I drove the CTS-V and it was a bit overwhelming for DD use, but the ATS was “just right”. That engine in a CTS would have been ideal. At the end, my experience with a GM product was instructive and cured my Corvette Fever for good. Pity too, as the CTS was a product of excellent engineering, and the ATS -V had one of the best overall chassis I’d ever experienced, and I had 300k miles in E 46…..

    • 0 avatar
      bd2

      This lowering of the V moniker (basically now equivalent to what the V-Sport was) is the act of Reuss and Carlisle.

      Adding the Blackwing moniker to vehicles which don’t carry the Blackwing engine is just the kind of convoluted “logic” one would expect from them.

    • 0 avatar
      RHD

      Meanwhile, in the marketing department, Ziggy the Duck, long put out to pasture, has been replaced with early ’90’s WB icon Darkwing Duck.

  • avatar
    CaddyDaddy

    Still chasing BMW and 30 year old buyers. Because everyone knows 30 year olds have $60K to spend on a car? I understand you can’t sell a old man’s car to a young man. However, not everybody wants an Escalade.

  • avatar

    These are now cynically known as castrated Cadillacs. They have gone from the top performing luxury sedans to the middle of the pack.

    What do you expect from the worlds soon to be fifth largest carmaker.

  • avatar
    WriterRRex

    Does this mean that the grill crest on these models will be modified to now include the (previous) ducks…with black wings?
    LOL

  • avatar
    bd2

    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.

  • avatar
    thelaine

    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.

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