Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing And CT5-V Blackwing Launch Delayed By Pandemic12
The COVID-19 pandemic will lead to the delay of several upcoming General Motors products, including the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing performance sedans.
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.
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Sam – has it been confirmed they’re using the Blackwing name for these vehicles, when the engines for these 2 are the same as for the ATS-V and CTS-V?
It has not been confirmed. We are currently referring to them interchangeably as “next level” and “Blackwing” as we do not know what GM plans to call them. Previous intel we had suggested Blackwing would be used, but we have heard the naming strategy may have now changed. We will keep you guys updated on the naming story in the coming months!
Thank you sir!
Blackwing makes no sense now that the 2 cars don’t have that engine.
CT4-V back of car has CT4 on the left and the V logo on the right, in place of the dumb neuton number.
Next Level V could do the same with a bigger V logo, Newer V logo, V+.
It might be more fun if nobody knew it was a V from the logos.
They should really just virtually reveal new products instead of pushing debuts back. If the product was ready to debut in pre production stage why wait? Gives the car media stuff to do and provides an escape for enthusiasts.
I’ve advocated either returning to V-Sport and V or leaving the new system with V and VR for the monsters. This R is a nod to Cadillac Racing, something to be celebrated…
But with the way they’ve been so messed up with names they might just do the V with Cadillac Racing making it the CT4-VCR /
CT5-VCR …. not good and almost as bad as Eldorado Touring Coupe – “ETC, ETC…”
I agree, I thought v-sport was just fine.
BUT WHEN IS THE REVEAL?!? I can imagine the production date was pushed back, but when are we going to finally see them?? This is getting ridiculous…
i’m going to take an educated guess and say it’ll be at the NYC autoshow which was rescheduled to August 28.
Guys, click onto the light blue 3.6 engine link to read that the twin turbo 3.6 LF4 V6, has titanium connecting rods. This means the much lighter weight of the rotating mass, means faster run up to the higher RPM levels. Basically this is a race engine for the street. There are many other difference between the base 3.6 and the twin turbo version, such as the block and the sodium filled exhaust valves. These are high dollar items and they are perfect for the SS Colorado high performance truck with AWD, just so you can get enough traction. GM gained an extra 8.5 percent in power by using E85 gas on other V6 engines during dyno tests, so expect to be about 503 HP and 483 pounds feet of torque if you run E85 and 100 percent synthetic oil, which GM uses to get the HP ratings for all engines.
Not a bad idea to delay. Don’t want to launch when the market is tanked.
FWIW, I did get a great deal on my 2009 CTS-V in the midst of recession and GM bankruptcy.
It is now confirmed that the CT4 V and CT5 V will be sold under the Blackwing name. As a Marketing person myself I suspect Cadillac wants a powerful name to match the AMG and M sub brands of their European competitors. I think the strategy is bang on and personally I really like the imagery the name induces.