General Motors today has confirmed that the ultra high-performance variants of Cadillac V-Series sedans will wear the Blackwing name. The upcoming, track-capable models will be called CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing. GM Authority was first to report on the naming plans in July of 2019.
GM’s luxury arm added that the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing will represent the “apex of Cadillac performance and driver engagement.”
“The Blackwing name has come to represent the very best of Cadillac performance engineering, craftsmanship and technology,” said Brandon Vivian, Cadillac executive chief engineer. “The new CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing build on the brand’s respected legacy of ultimate-performance driving experiences and elevate them even further.”
Cadillac also added that the upcoming V-Series Blackwing models will feature specially tuned chassis, vehicle control technologies and engines. As we also reported previously, the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing will also be offered with a manual transmission – a feature most luxury brands no longer offer, but one that continues to be desired by many performance driving enthusiasts.
What’s more, both next-level V-Series sedans have been undergoing testing on public roads as well as sessions at tracks and road courses around the country. Cadillac says that each car set lap times that were seconds faster at Virginia International Raceway than the ATS-V and CTS-V, which the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing will indirectly replace.
No other details were provided about either V-Series vehicle. However, GM Authority previously reported that, despite using the Blackwing name, neither the CT4-V Blackwing nor the CT5-V Blackwing will use the Cadillac-exclusive twin-turbo 4.2L V8 DOHC Blackwing LTA engine, which will no longer be utilized in any vehicle following the discontinuation of the CT6-V in February 2020.
Instead, GM Authority has learned from sources familiar with the project that each model will utilize a massaged version of the high-performance gasoline engines previously used in the ATS-V and CTS-V. In the case of the CT4-V Blackwing, that engine will be a twin-turbocharged 3.6L V6 LF4 that was rated at 464 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque in the ATS-V. Meanwhile, the CT5-V Blackwing will feature the supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 engine that was rated at 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque in the third-generation CTS-V.
Like many other GM products, the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing will be delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The two sedans will go on sale sometime in the first half of 2021, or roughly six months later than initially planned.