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  • 02/05/2021 2:02 PM | Anonymous

    2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing
    Cadillac is relying on a familiar powertrain for the CT4-V Blackwing. Specifically, it will be powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6. It is the same engine that powered the ATS-V. The CT4-V Blackwing is showing the same LF4 RPO code that the ATS-V utilized. The ATS-V was rated at 464 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque and the CT4-V Blackwing will be slightly higher than those figures. The CT4-V Blackwing will have a top speed of 189 mph and go from zero to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. The ATS-V was around a 4.0 second car, so a 3.8 sprint is somewhat expected with a more modern automatic.

    The CT4-V Blackwing will offer two transmission options. The standard transmission will be a six-speed manual, while a 10-speed automatic 10L90E will remain optional. The Blackwing cars will have GM’s FE4 performance suspension setup standard, along with an electronic limited slip differential. Brembo brakes, a rear differential cooler and launch control are also found on the standard feature list of the CT4-V Blackwing.

    CT4-V Blackwing buyers will also have the option of two different carbon fiber exterior appearance packages and Cadillac is also offering optional magnesium wheels.

    Click here to view the CT4-V Blackwing order guide.

    Click here to view the CT4-V Blackwing Online Brochure

    2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing
    The CT5-V Blackwing also has a familiar engine under the hood. The LT4 is a hand-built supercharged 6.2-liter V-8. It is the same LT4 V-8 that powered the CTS-V and the ZL1. The CT5-V Blackwing will have the fastest road racing track time of any V-Series car ever. In addition, it will go zero to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 200 mph.

    The power output of the LT4 is estimated at 670hp. The power will flow through a six-speed manual or optional 10-speed 10L90E automatic.  The CT5-V Blackwing will also feature FE4 performance suspension, launch control, rear differential cooler and Brembo brakes standard. One area of differentiation between the two vehicles is the fact that CT5-V Blackwing buyers will have the option to upgrade to cross-drilled carbon ceramic brakes at all four corners. The CT5-V Blackwings also include the option to upgrade to carbon fiber exterior appearance packages and magnesium wheels.

    Click here to view the CT5-V Blackwing order guide.

    Click here to view the CT5-V Blackwing Online Brochure

  • 02/01/2021 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    The 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing and CT4-V Blackwing represent the pinnacle of Cadillac performance and craftsmanship, combining championship-winning racing heritage with luxury and comfort to create the most track-capable Cadillacs ever.

    Highlights include:

    • Evolutions of the track-ready Cadillac 6.2L Supercharged V8 in the CT5-V Blackwing (668 horsepower) and 3.6L Twin-Turbo V-6 (472 horsepower) in the CT4-V Blackwing
    • A six-speed manual transmission is standard on both models; a 10-speed automatic with paddle-shifters is available on both
    • An Electronic Limited Slip Rear Differential is standard on both vehicles and features a lighter-weight aluminum housing and enhancements designed to improve track performance
    • Advanced suspension refinements provide greater body control and a more agile feel
    • Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 with Blackwing-specific tuning sharpens the balance between daily-driving comfort and high-performance track capability
    • Unique, purposeful exterior elements, including specific grilles, rear spoiler, front splitter, mid-body panels, rear diffuser, fender vents, rocker extensions and more, all shaped in the wind tunnel to help reduce lift on a track or support propulsion system cooling
    •  Available, wind-tunnel-tested carbon fiber packages that reduce lift on a track, compared to the models’ respective standard aero packages — including a 214 percent reduction in lift on the CT4-V Blackwing
    • Interiors that have been elevated to new levels of functionality, finish and refinement. Uplevel trims feature available bookmatched carbon fiber seatbacks and premium leathers, as well as additional carbon fiber and sueded interior trim. V-Series Blackwing vehicles will also be available with a premium AKG audio system

  • 01/21/2021 10:40 PM | Anonymous

    Today Cadillac has revealed the final teaser in an ongoing teaser campaign. Through this campaign Cadillac has shared many special details with the customer and created excitement in preparation for reveal.

    After the livestream reveal on February 1, customers interested in a 2022 model year CT4-V Blackwing or CT5-V Blackwing will have the opportunity to reserve their preferred vehicle starting at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT on

    By using the Reserve Yours page, customers can make a reservation for one of the first 250 CT4-V Blackwings or 250 CT5-V Blackwings built. Given their limited quantity and collectible nature, all V-Series Blackwing vehicles are Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) sequenced by year, model and transmission. A portion of the VIN sequence is commemorated on a unique serialized plate located at the bottom of the available high-performance steering wheel. All Reserve Yours customers will receive this high-performance steering wheel and serial number plate.

    “Just like fine jewelry comes with engraved serial numbers, we’re treating these V-Series Blackwing vehicles with the same level of exclusivity,” said Brandon Vivian, executive chief engineer, Cadillac. “These are meticulously crafted products with incredible attention to detail, and we’re excited for enthusiasts to start experiencing the cars for themselves.”

    The Reserve Yours requires a $1,000 reservation amount that is refundable. If interested customers are not able to successfully reserve one of the first 250 of their preferred model, they’ll have the opportunity to sign-up for a waitlist and be contacted by their preferred dealer as soon as more vehicles become available.

    Additionally, included in the purchase of a CT4-V Blackwing or CT5-V Blackwing, customers will receive an two-day experience at Cadillac’s V-Series Academy driving school at the Spring Mountain Raceway in Pahrump, Nevada.

    Complete vehicle details on both ultra-high-performance sedans will become available on Monday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT during the livestream reveal event. Viewers can tune in to the reveal.

  • 12/10/2020 8:58 AM | Anonymous

    Today Cadillac has released the fifth image in the V-Series Blackwing teaser series. Here's a preview of the unique 3D printed emblem on the manual shifter. The manual transmissions on the V-series Blackwing models will be equipped with Cadillac’s first 3D-printed parts.

    The V-Series Blackwing models will be the first GM production products to have parts created using additive manufacturing, including a unique 3D-printed emblem atop the manual shifter knob. In addition, two HVAC ducts and an electrical harness bracket are also 3D-printed parts. By leveraging additive manufacturing the team was able to reduce costs and innovate upon the manual transmission, a feature that continues to be a strong desire for many performance driving enthusiasts.

    In a recent Harris Poll study conducted on behalf of Cadillac about the current knowledge and adoption of the manual transmission, Cadillac found that 66 percent of American adults surveyed know how to drive a manual. Of those who do not know how to drive a manual, roughly 40 percent are either a least somewhat or very interested in learning.

    • Interest in driving or learning to drive a manual is higher among those with $75K+ in annual household income (64% interested) and those between 18-34 in age (62% interested).
    • More than half (55%) of American adults say they have owned or leased a car with a manual transmission.
    • Two-thirds of American adults know how to drive a stick and more are interested in learning

    Images and press releases are available on 

  • 10/29/2020 4:06 AM | Anonymous


    Ultimate performance on the track meets ultimate refinement on the road in the fourth-generation V-Series.

    Click here to learn more!

  • 09/29/2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Cadillac is excited to reveal our third teaser around the V-Series Blackwing models. We are intentionally taking this time leading up to reveal as a great storytelling opportunity. These models have so many unique performance features and this cadence allows us to give our customers a behind the scenes look at the level of detail that goes into the development of these models.

    The top tier racing-inspired seats in the 2022 CT5-V Blackwing. The seatback is carbon fiber, which reduces vehicle mass, and features a precision bookmatched design and laser-etched V-Series logo. The seats also include numerous other customer-centric innovations and features.

    CT5-V Blackwing Teaser – Q&A

    Q: What does this photo show me? What is special?
    A: This is an image of the top tier racing-inspired seats in the 2022 CT5-V Blackwing. The seatback is carbon fiber, which reduces vehicle mass, and features a laser-etched V-Series logo. The seats also include performance shoulder cut-outs, among other customer-centric features.  

    Q: What is notable about the carbon fiber?
    A: The carbon fiber seatback is a a precision formed component bookmatched along the center line of the seat and includes a laser etched V-Series logo consistent with the high-quality materials and executions that are integrated throughout the V-Series Blackwing vehicles. In addition to giving the interior a beautiful design aesthetic, the carbon fiber seatback also sheds weight (.906Kg) in the CT5-V Blackwing.

    Q: Will these seats be offered on both the CT5-V Blackwing and CT4-V Blackwing? Which is pictured here?
    A: These specific seats will only be available on the CT5-V Blackwing (pictured here). The CT4-V Blackwing will offer different top tier racing inspired seats.  

    Q: Are these seats standard or optional?
    A: These are optional top tier racing-inspired seats on the CT5-V Blackwing.

    Q: Are these seats specifically designed for racing?
    A: While these seats are inspired by Cadillac’s DPi race cars, they provide a unique blend of comfort and performance benefits that will be enjoyable for everyday driving and as well as the track. 

  • 04/14/2020 8:40 AM | Anonymous

    SOURCE: Cadillac Pressroom

    • The Blackwing designation represents the pinnacle of Cadillac performance, craftsmanship and technology
    • The track-capable, ultra-high-performance models will offer a manual transmission

    DETROIT – Cadillac today announced that the fourth generation of its V-Series sub-brand, currently spearheaded by the 2020 CT4-V and CT5-V, will eventually include ultra-performance variants that carry the Blackwing name. The future, track-capable vehicles will be called CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing, representing 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.”

    The V-Series Blackwing models1 will feature specially tuned chassis, vehicle control technologies and engines. Each model will also be offered with a manual transmission – a feature most luxury brands no longer offer but continues to be a strong desire for many performance driving enthusiasts.

    The CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing have been undergoing testing that includes sessions at tracks and road courses around the country. Earlier this year, at Virginia International Raceway, each car set lap times seconds faster than the legendary ATS-V and CTS-V.

    Information about the current V-Series vehicles, the 2020 CT5-V and CT4-V, can be found on, and more V-Series Blackwing information will be made available at a later date. 

    Click here to view a Frequently Asked Questions document.

    1 V-Series Blackwing models will have limited availability

  • 11/27/2019 7:52 AM | Anonymous

    SOURCE:, & The

    Enthusiasts met the rollout of the Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V with tepid enthusiasm. The two cars, with 320 (239 kilowatts) and 355 horsepower (265 kilowatts) respectively, didn't rival the high power bar set by cars like the ATS-V and CTS-V before them. But with Cadillac's new twin-turbocharged Blackwing engine, hopes were that the V8 might make its way to upcoming CT5-V and possibly a handful of other vehicles. But a new report suggests that's unlikely to happen.

    Cadillac's 4.2-liter twin-turbo Blackwing V8 debuted only last year, popping up in the CT6 V-Sport — now the CT6-V — with 550 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. The engine's been stymied in every attempt to power a different Cadillac model since then. Its only two use cases have been a first and second run of the original, limited-edition super sedan and the CT6 Platinum V8 trim at a slightly detuned 500 hp and 553 lb-ft. Motor Trend cites "a highly placed source at GM" as saying that the Blackwing won't go into the coming high-performance version of the CT5-V nor in the next-gen Escalade. Left without options, there's a chance the Blackwing will die with the CT6, itself a sedan with its grille on the executioner's block just waiting for the bite of an ax that might or might not shortly fall.

    Cost-cutting has been tagged as the reason for this misfortune; Cadillac's sales malaise and lack of clarity as to how to turn sales around led GM to downsize the brand's allowance. The parent company chose to build the new CT5 on the Alpha platform used for the erstwhile ATS and CTS instead of the Omega platform underpinning the CT6. Along with that choice, the MT report says expense reasons nixed fitting the Blacking V8. We know the lower-tier V series CT5 will work with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 making 355 hp and 400 lb-ft. When we heard spy video of the upper-tier V series CT5 out testing, the engine sounded like the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that would be a carryover from the last model.

    Early plans called for the CT5 sedan and XT6 three-row crossover to use the same Omega rear-wheel-drive platform as the CT6. That would have made the optional V8 engine a natural fit for the two vehicles. But the CT5 and XT6 don't share the same base as the XT6, and Cadillac says it's too expensive to shoehorn the engine into either vehicle, at least, at the moment.

    It's unlikely that the new Escalade gets a unique engine at all. The SUV will probably use a GM-sourced pushrod V8 off the shelf, either one of the 5.3-, 6.2-, or 6.6-liter options already available. The current Escalade uses a 6.2-liter V8 that produces 420 hp (313 kW)and 460 lb-ft (624 Nm) of torque.

    We already know that a more-powerful CT5-V is happening. But based on this new report, Cadillac's Blackwing V8 probably isn't hiding under the hood of those prototypes. Considering the CT5-V uses the same Alpha platform as the outgoing ATS (and thus, Camaro), it's possible that the 6.2-liter V8 from the Camaro carries over. If you slap a supercharger on that engine, a la ZL1, it could produce as much as 650 hp (485 kW).

  • 08/05/2019 5:18 PM | Anonymous

    Source: Autoblog Joel Stocksdale

    One of the weird tidbits of car news in the past year was the change in naming for the 2020 Cadillac CT6-V. When it was first revealed, it was called V-Sport, the term previously used for Cadillacs with more moderate performance upgrades than the full-blown V cars that possessed massive power outputs and serious track-going capabilities. But then, before the car in question went on sale, Cadillac changed the name to match the equally moderately sporty CT4-V and CT5-V that officially downgraded the V name. So what should we make of this CT6-V, then? Is it a hardcore performance machine like the old V cars? Or is it what we’re expecting of the new V cars: a lightly upgraded version of the base car that isn’t particularly distinguished? As it turns out, the CT6-V sits between these two extremes to create a car that’s involving and exciting for the driver without compromising the CT6’s refinement and luxury.

    Mechanically, the CT6-V is ultimately closer to its full-bore V predecessors. The highlight is the “Blackwing” twin-turbocharged 4.2-liter V8 that makes 550 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque. Besides giving the engine prodigious output, Cadillac borrowed some pages from the AMG handbook: the turbocharger is nestled in between the cylinder heads, just like the current 4.0-liter AMG V8, and each engine is hand-built start to finish by one of six engine builders. The builder’s name is even featured in the engine bay. They’re special details that fit the idea of the old V cars, but the fact that a version of the same engine is in the Platinum CT6 does make its inclusion in the CT6-V seem less special, even if its output is notably less at 500 horsepower and 574 pound-feet of torque.

    Setting aside the details, the engine performs well in the real world. It’s astonishingly smooth, exactly what you want from a fast flagship. It also emits a unique exhaust note that’s both raspy and growly. You won’t mistake it for a pushrod powerplant. The power and torque provide a prominent push at all points in the rev band after a brief moment for the turbos to spool up. It’s just a shame there isn’t much of a rev band, as the engine redlines at 6,000 rpm, which is easy to hit thanks to the engine’s creamy character. It’s so low one wonders why Cadillac bothered developing a double-overhead-cam engine at all.

    The V8 is coupled to a 10-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The 10-speed is perfectly fine when cruising around town. But driving hard or manually shifting, it doesn’t change cogs very quickly, and shifts can even be a bit jerky. The all-wheel drive works well, providing plenty of traction, but you can still detect the car’s rear-drive roots with a stab of the throttle and accompanying looseness from the tail.

    The best part of the CT6-V is its chassis, which is capable of doing everything you might want in a big sports sedan. Do you wish to cruise in serenity? Keep it in the “Tour” mode, and the magnetically controlled adaptive suspension (also standard on Platinum, but specially tuned for the CT6-V) makes every bump vanish while keeping the body perfectly stable and level. The steering lightens up for carefree turning. And the relaxed mood is emphasized by the near silent cabin.

    In the middle is the Sport setting, which makes the steering a little heavier and firms up the suspension. It’s best as a default setting for drivers who don’t like the more isolated Tour mode but don’t want to go full Track mode all the time.

    Speaking of which, Track mode reveals how good the CT6-V really is. The suspension firms up even more, nearly eliminating body roll while still returning a compliant ride. The steering becomes fairly heavy, but it suits the size of the car, and it actually provides a surprising amount of feedback. As in all modes, it’s quite quick and the car turns in with immediacy. That quick, communicative steering, plus the car’s rear-wheel steering, makes it nimble and easy to place. It feels like it’s an entire size class smaller than it is. It’s also reassuring to have the V’s upgraded Brembo brakes up front.

    In Track mode, it's safe to say that there isn’t another full-size luxury sedan that feels as fun to drive hard as the CT6-V. It even sounds the part, as Track mode also enhances the synthesized engine noise. While not necessary, it does actually sound good and burbly in this application, so it’s not unwelcome.

    Visually, the CT6-V is extremely subtle, and more in line with the V sub-brand's new positioning. From the outside, the only tipoffs are the mesh grilles, V badges on the fenders, and front and rear spoilers. It’s refreshing, though. This is a car for someone who is secure in who they are and what they drive. It doesn’t have to proclaim its ultra-special configuration to the world with garish carbon fiber splitters, vents and spoilers as the CTS-V did.

    Interior upgrades are subtler, with special gauge graphics and copper-accented carbon fiber trim the only things really differentiating it from a CT6 Platinum. However, it ultimately suffers from the same issues as every other CT6. As noted in our XT6 first drive, there's a certain chunkiness to Cadillac's interior design that makes it feel low-rent and uninspired compared to German rivals, or even Lincoln's ritzy new SUVs. There are also some functional issues with some of the updates made for 2020. Cadillac's new monostable shifter doesn’t feel as substantial as the previous model. The redundant control knob that replaces the CT6's old touchpad looks and feels nice (as does the accompanying volume knob), but the lack of fore, aft, left and right movements limit its functionality. The drive mode button is also difficult to access.

    While the CT6-V has some minor faults, they don’t diminish the CT6-V’s impressive driving dynamics. In one car, you get a confidence-inspiring backroad companion plus a soothing interstate eater. It’s the luxury flagship for the person that wants to always be in the driver seat, never in the back – most of its competitors are the other way around. Importantly, the CT6-V also represents a worthwhile performance upgrade over the CT6 Platinum, both in terms of its engine as well as handling capability. It even costs less at $95,890 versus $97,490, although the Platinum does counter with fancier massaging seats and Super Cruise, which aren't available on the CT6-V. Further proof that Cadillac figures CT6-V owners intend to drive themselves, then. And if they do, they'll find the brand's new high-powered flagship will let them enjoy the experience, no matter what it's called.

  • 08/01/2019 7:37 AM | Anonymous

    SOURCE: Road and Track, Chris Perkins, Jul 30, 2019

    Last year, Johan de Nysschen abruptly left his position as president of Cadillac after four years at the helm. Early in his tenure, the brand moved its headquarters to New York City from Detroit; in September, it announced it was moving back to Michigan. A few months after that, GM said it would shutter a number of plants in the US, including the Detroit-Hamtramck plant that produces Cadillac's flagship CT6 sedan. Then earlier this summer, Cadillac introduced new V-series versions of its CT4 and CT5 sedans (pictured above) that have a lot less power, and seemingly less race-track capability than the old ATS- and CTS-V.

    All worrying for a brand that, in the last few years, developed serious enthusiast credentials. It seemed those might go away, with Cadillac being forced to conform to what's happening elsewhere in GM.

    Steve Carlisle, the former GM Canada head who replaced De Nysschen last year, doesn't think we should be concerned. Last week at the Washington D.C. first drive of the new XT6 SUV, we spoke with Carlisle about the future of the brand, more specifically its performance cars.

    Where the V-series versions of the ATS and CTS were full-on rivals to BMW M and Mercedes-AMG's best, the new Vs are mid-tier offerings. Many were confused by the move, especially after Cadillac had pretty well established what a V-series car represented.

    "The visceral reaction to that—maybe not in a good way—before you tell the whole story, it's pretty amazing," Carlisle said. "It just tells you how much emotion that there is around these performance sedans."

    "You can always have steps and gradations in terms of what you offer, and who you make it accessible to, and how," he continued. "And that's really where we're going."

    Carlisle said he wasn't surprised by the mixed reaction to the new Vs. "It's been a bit, kind of fun," he said with some humility. But there is more to come. Shortly after debuting the new CT4- and CT5-V, Cadillac brought camouflaged prototypes of hotter versions of the two new sedans to the Detroit Grand Prix last month. Carlisle wouldn't reveal any specific details on these upcoming models, but he did hint at a name, when the subject of the brand's new 4.2-liter twin-turbo dual-overhead-cam V-8, called Blackwing, came up.

    "The engine is one question, but the idea of Blackwing is another question," he said. "You can literally equate it with the engine, or you can equate it with the concept high-performance track-capable. So then what can we do with the Blackwing?"

    Ever since the higher-performance versions of the CT4- and CT5-V were first teased, there's been a rumor floating around that they will carry the "Blackwing" moniker. Carlisle didn't confirm anything to us, but don't be surprised if this is actually the case.

    Our colleagues at Car and Driver were at the Detroit Grand Prix when the two sedans were paraded out, and report that the CT4-V sounded like it had a V-6 while the CT5-V's noise was that of a V-8. At the XT6 event, a Cadillac engineer also wouldn't rule out the possibility of a manual for the CT4-V, just as there was with the old ATS-V.

    It's unclear if the CT5-V will get the new twin-turbo V-8. Right now, the future of that engine is a little unclear. It was developed in house by Cadillac, and is currently offered in the CT6 Platinum and CT6-V. While the CT6 is confirmed to continue production in China for that market, the big sedan's American future has yet to be decided. Anything beyond January 2020—when Hamtramck is scheduled to close—is "tied up, to a great extent with [United Auto Workers] negotiations," Carlisle said.

    Before you let your imagination run wild, no, we won't see this V-8 in the C8 Corvette. Carlisle said the first time he was asked if Cadillac would share the new V-8 with other GM brands, he replied, "over my dead body."

    And if the CT6 dies in America, that doesn't spell an immediate end for the V-8. "There's lots of things we could do with it," Carlisle said, though he had no specific plans to announce.

    This V-8 also signals the sort of engineering work that will be undertaken at Cadillac in the future. "When it comes to powertrains and propulsion, that's a heart and soul kind of thing. It's the DNA of a car," Carlisle said. "From a Cadillac perspective, there are certain things that need to be exclusive to Cadillac."

    And while not all Cadillac products will get exclusive engines—the CT4-V, for example, shares its 2.7-liter turbo-four with the new Chevrolet Silverado—they will have Cadillac touches. "The powertrains and propulsion that we use, there will always be a distinctive Cadillac element to them. There just has to be," Carlisle said.

    The Cadillac boss told us that performance SUVs are on the table—"I say why not?"—but he concedes they could never replace true sports sedans. "You're dealing with higher [centers of gravity], weight distributions, everything like that," he said.

    As Cadillac is charged with rolling out more, and better, SUVs, Carlisle has no intention to abandon the V brand. "You can't meet better advocates for our brand anyway than V-series customers," he said. There's also engineering value in these relatively low-volume cars. "It pushes us. It makes the mainstream cars better when pushing yourselves on that envelope," Carlisle said.

    You get the impression that things are brighter at Cadillac than they seemed. And best of all, it's not abandoning cars that show BMW M and Mercedes-AMG that America can make a real sports sedan.

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