Report: Real CT5-V Will Get 6.2L V8

Cadillac’s highest-performance version of the CT5 might not be getting the powerful V8 we were all hoping for. But that doesn’t mean that it won’t get a V8 at all. According to a new report, the CT5-V will just get a different one.

With Cadillac’s new Blackwing 4.2L twin-turbo V8 arriving on the scene but only showing up in one car, we expected to see it as an upgrade in when the quickest CT5-V arrived on the market. Car and Driver, citing a source familiar with the project who says that it will instead see the return of a classic.

In place of the 550 hp Blackwing V8, the report says that the CT5 will get the engine from the CTS-V. A supercharged 6.2L V8.

Is that a problem? Well, the old small-block might not be as high-tech as the new DOHC Blackwing, but since it made 640 hp in the CTS-V, it seems like a bit of an upgrade. Performance-wise, at least.

Why won’t the CT5-V sprout wings? The report blames it on the size of the double-overhead-cam engine. Sticking camshafts off the top of the cylinder head makes for a larger and wider powerplant. The Blackwing is only found on the CT6-V, where it sits in a larger platform with more space between the strut towers.

A quicker CT4-V is said to be on the way as well, with C/D saying that it will have a twin-turbo V6, likely the same 3.6L twin-turbo engine as found in the ATS-V where it makes 464 hp.

The remaining question, of course, is what is Cadillac planning to actually call these quickest models. Since the CT4-V and CT5-V monikers are already being used on much slower versions. Might we suggest V-Plus? As long as it doesn’t come with a monthly subscription charge.

Source: Car and Driver