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US brand will complement its V performance models with even faster variants that offer a manual gearbox

American luxury brand Cadillac has revealed plans for a new Blackwing designation for even hotter, track-focused variants of its Cadillac CT4-V and Cadillac CT5-V performance saloons.

Although the Blackwing name was originally used for a discontinued Cadillac V8 engine, it has now become a high-end derivative in the style of Mercedes-AMG’s Black Series and Alfa Romeo’s GTA.

They are designed to “build on the brand’s respected legacy of ultimate performance driving experiences and elevate them even further,” claims Cadillac.

Blackwing models will get more power, of course, but also feature a unique chassis setup and vehicle control systems. Cadillac hasn’t revealed specifically what the changes are, but it claims that the CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing models are both “seconds faster” around the Virginia International Raceway than their Cadillac ATS-V and Cadillac CTS-V predecessors.

Reports from the US suggest that the CT4-V Blackwing will use an uprated turbocharged V6, while the CT5-V Blackwing will get up to 650bhp from its supercharged 6.2-litre V8. That will give it the firepower to hold a candle to the Mercedes-AMG E63 and BMW M5, despite likely being cheaper, at around $85,000 (currently £67,950).

Most interestingly, however, both models will be available with a six-speed manual gearbox, unlike almost every rival. Described as “a feature most luxury brands no longer offer but which continues to be a strong desire for many performance driving enthusiasts”, the stick-shift will complement a 10-speed automatic gearbox.

As ever, though, there’s bad news for those in the UK, as Cadillac still has no firm plan in place to officially enter the market.


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Peter Cavellini 15 April 2020


 I agree, coming to market with a new product just as the market moves to EV , but, ICE power isn't going to disappear overnight, so, why not have cars like this?!

artill 15 April 2020

Cadillac have 2 new saloons

Cadillac have 2 new saloons in a world that wants SUVs. Well done. They are going to be powered by petrol in a world thats going electric, excellent. They will come with manual gearboxes and powerful multi cylinder engines, fantastic. Now, what about Right hand drive? Oh well, never mind