The Cadillac CT6 is currently the only model to utilize the venerable twin-turbo 4.2L LTA V8, known more popularly as the Cadillac Blackwing V8. Unfortunately, North American production of the Cadillac CT6 is slated to end in just a few days, raising doubts over the future of this impressive powerplant. However, Cadillac President Steve Carlisle recently dropped a hint to our sister publication, Cadillac Society, about the Blackwing’s future, providing a glimmer of hope the motor won’t bite the bullet after all.
Cadillac Society spoke with Carlisle at the recent debut event for the 2021 Cadillac Escalade in Beverly Hills, and asked the executive directly what was in store for the Cadillac Blackwing V8. “We don’t have a plan for the [Blackwing] engine at the moment,” Carlisle told Cadillac Society. “But we were very encouraged by the reactions to the Blackwing, so there will be a little bit of Blackwing still. We’re not done rolling out our performance sedans, so stay tuned on that.”
The Cadillac Blackwing V8 has a wild and wooly ride right out of the gates. Allegedly developed specifically for Cadillac as the brand’s first DOHC engine since the Northstar, it was originally believed that the ‘eight was headed to the next-level, go-faster variant of the Cadillac CT5-V. However, despite adoption of the Blackwing name, the go-faster CT5-V is now believed to come with the same supercharged 6.2L LT4 V8 as the Cadillac CTS-V.
|3.6L V6 TT LF4||6.2L V8 Supercharged LT4||4.2L V8 TT Blackwing LTA|
Throw in the discontinuation of the Cadillac CT6 here in North America, and the fate of the Cadillac Blackwing V8 is still up in the air. Nevertheless, it sounds like Cadillac won’t simply chuck this impressive piece of engineering into the trash. Rather, it’s possible the LTA may see use in some future special edition model, but that’s little more than speculation at this point.
This post was created in collaboration with our sister publication, Cadillac Society.