Cadillac Has No Current Plans for the Blackwing V-8
At the reveal of the 2021 Escalade, we spoke to Cadillac president Steve Carlisle about the future of the brand.
Road and Track
By Chris Perkins
Feb 10, 2020
*Full Article at LinkBack in 2018, Cadillac revealed its first in-house V-8 since the Northstar. With twin turbos and dual overhead camshafts, this engine, called the Blackwing, was no Small Block. In the big CT6 sedan it had a perfect home, cranking out 550 hp and 640 lb-ft of torque in the CT6-V.
Unfortunately, the CT6 will end U.S. production this month, as GM will retool the Detroit plant where it's built to produce electric trucks, leaving the Blackwing orphaned. At the reveal of the 2021 Escalade last week, Cadillac president Steve Carlisle told Road & Track that "[we have] no specific plans for that engine, but never is a long time."
The Blackwing apparently doesn't fit under the hood of the new CT5 sedan, so Cadillac will instead use the old CTS-V's 6.2-liter supercharged pushrod V-8 for the version slotting above the CT5-V. No one at Cadillac would confirm or deny that this is the case. Instead, they just promised that we'll learn more about this car in the coming months. But Carlisle's comment seems to indicate that Cadillac will take the small-block route for its sports sedan.