In a recent interview with Road & Track, Cadillac boss Steve Carlisle said “there’s lots of things,” the automaker could do with the dual-overhead cam V8, although he didn’t elaborate on the matter. By the sounds of it, Cadillac has no products in the works that feature the engine, but it’s open to the idea of dropping it in the something other than the CT6 one day in the future.
When General Motors first teased the new Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing and CT4-V Blackwing at the Detroit Grand Prix earlier this year, it was reported that the CT4-V prototype sounded like it had a V6, whereas the CT5-V sounded as though it had a V8. Rumors indicate the CT5-V won’t be receiving the twin-turbo Blackwing engine, though. Instead, it will get a version of the Cadillac CTS-V’s supercharged 650 horsepower 6.2-liter LT4 V8 engine, while the CT4 will receive a version of the twin-turbo 3.6-liter LF4 V6 from the Cadillac ATS-V.
This may be getting a bit confusing, as the Blackwing-badged V-series products don’t feature the Blackwing engine. But as Carlisle explained in the interview, Blackwing refers to both the engine specifically and a sub-brand that denotes a more hardcore version of the softer, more approachable new V-Series products. Not all Cadillacs called Blackwing will therefore feature the Blackwing V8 engine, then, although some may if we end up seeing the engine again one day.
The future of the Cadillac CT6 beyond the 2020 model year, meanwhile, is dependent on GM’s ongoing discussions with the UAW, though the luxury sedan will remain in production in China for the forseeable future.