The hardcore four-doors, alternatively known as the next-level Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V, will now go on sale roughly six months later than expected. This places their estimated arrival sometime in the first half of 2021, as the vehicles were formerly earmarked for a late 2020 launch.
GM’s’ U.S. facilities remain closed due to the pandemic, including its assembly plants, engineering centers and offices. The automaker’s suppliers are also off work, further contributing to the delays. The Centers for Disease Control is recommending U.S. businesses remain closed until April 30 to help curb the spread of COVID-19, though this date could still be extended further.
The Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing are hardcore, high-performance versions of the standard CT4-V and CT5-V. They will both offer a range of performance-focused upgrades over the models on which they are based, including more aggressive exterior styling, track-tuned suspension, larger brakes and sporty interior appointments.
Under the hood of the CT4-V will be a version of GM’s twin-turbocharged 3.6L LF4 V6 engine. This engine was also used in the Cadillac ATS-V, where it produced 464 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. The Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, meanwhile, will get a supercharged 6.2L LT4 V8, which currently makes 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque in the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Both vehicles will feature a standard six-speed manual transmission, while the GM 10-speed automatic will be offered as an option.
Both the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing will utilize GM’s new Global B electric architecture, as well, which offers enhanced cybersecurity and enables over-the-air-updates, among other advantages.