The 4.2-liter twin-turbo Blackwing V-8 engine will not be shared, and that’s final, according to Cadillac President Steve Carlisle.
He told Motor Trend in a Friday report that it remains the brand’s stance that the engine was developed exclusively for Cadillac vehicles and it will not make its way to any other GM brand. Carlisle is so certain it will remain tied to Cadillac that he said “over my dead body” will the engine sit under the hood of something other.
There’s long been speculation the engine could find its way to the mid-engine C8 Corvette, though Carlisle really seemed to dash such an idea in his latest interview. The new Corvette is supposedly in for a few new engines: an upgraded LT1 V8 engine, possibly called the LT2, and a DOHC V8. The latter will reportedly come with and without twin turbochargers, which made the Blackwing V8 a possible starting point.
Currently, the only car scheduled to receive the engine is the 2019 Cadillac CT6-V. The brand sold all of its 275 vehicles planned in just a couple of hours, but Cadillac will reportedly build more—with a $4,000 higher price tag. The model’s future still remains murky, too. GM originally said the CT6 would exit production as part of manufacturing restructuring. However, executives then said GM was looking for a way to continue production.
Carlisle himself said the sedan could be imported from China, but he’d rather keep production of the car in the U.S. to avoid tariff situations. It’s rumored the CT6 could join the Cadillac CT5 and CT4/CT3 at the Lansing Grand River assembly plant. We’ve also heard rumors of a second-generation CT6 on GM’s upcoming modular VSS-R platform.
Aside from the CT6, we’ll likely see the Blackwing V8 make its way to the Escalade in some form and perhaps at CT5-V, too.