If you’re anything like us, you’re probably foaming at the mouth thinking about the new Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, the luxury brand’s up-and-coming high-performance four-door models. Unfortunately, buyers in China are out of luck, as GM Authority has learned that both the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing will not be brought to that particular market.
According to sources familiar with Cadillac product plans, Caddy will in fact not offer any of the new Cadillac V-series models in China, including the “standard” CT4-V and CT5-V, as we covered previously.
Critically, China is now the luxury brand’s largest market by sales volume, posting 213,717 deliveries last year to the 156,246 new vehicle vehicle sales in the U.S. during the same time period. That said, even though China is now Cadillac’s largest market by sales volume, profit and revenue are still higher in the U.S.
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Nevertheless, buyers in China hoping to get a slice of the top-shelf Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing will no doubt be disappointed to learn that the two new models won’t be sold there.
Both models will sport more aggressive styling and dramatic aero enhancements, with wider wheels and tires, bigger Brembo brakes, and sharper suspension. The Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing will feature the twin-turbocharged 3.6L V6 LF4, the same lump previously equipped in the Cadillac ATS-V, where it produced 464 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque.
Both sedans will offer a standard six-speed manual transmission and optional 10-speed automatic.
Although both the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing were originally expected to launch in the U.S. later this year, delays resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have pushed the on-sale dates into the first half of 2021.