Cadillac is slowly making its way back into the heart of the luxury marketplace, and some seem to think it will ditch V8 engines in the process. We’re happy to report that those rumors couldn’t be further from the truth.
As a matter of fact, Johan de Nysschen, the brands’ bespectacled boss, recently took to Facebook to deny the rumors and in his post he confirmed the trusty ol’ V8 won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. On the contrary, Cadillac will receive its own, purpose-built V8 engine family.
“There absolutely will be another state-of-the-art mega powerful highly efficient new 8-cylinder from Cadillac, besides the CTS-V engine,” he wrote.
Nobody is giving exact details, but it’s likely that the bespoke engine family for Cadillac is going to stray away from the traditional pushrod, OHV V8 engines that GM has in everything from a Chevrolet Silverado work truck, to the 2015 Corvette Z06, to the upcoming 2016 Cadillac CTS-V and Escalade. Perhaps our best indicator was the 4.5L twin-turbo V8 engine powering the drool-worthy Cadillac Elmiraj concept (pictured) — a car that Cadillac should build but won’t. It’s expected that such a powertrain will end up in a future model year of the Cadillac CT6, and perhaps whatever ends up slotting above it.
We’ll stop short of saying the Northstar name is coming back, however. Though one thing is for certain: don’t expect much production or sales volume from the V8-powered models.
Johan de Nysschen’s quote is as follows:
There absolutely will be another state -of-the-art mega powerful highly efficient new 8-cylinder from Cadillac, besides the CTS- V engine. Purpose designed for Cadillac. Now, if you consider ” mainstream” to represent the average powertrain used, well, no, the realities of the market today excludes that. Besides the exotics, I don’t know that any luxury manufacturer today could claim they sell most of their volume in V8. But the V8 Cadillac is alive and well today, and will be in even better shape tomorrow.