Just about everyone was disappointed by the new Cadillac CT5-V and CT4-V. Both are underpowered and not exactly worthy successors to the CTS-V and ATS-V. The good news is that about a month ago we learned that neither one was the top performance dog. A new moniker would be created for Cadillac’s true upcoming BMW M sedan fighters. Although it has yet to officially be confirmed, sources claim the name Blackwing has been chosen.
Blackwing, conveniently enough, is the name of the Cadillac-exclusive 550-hp 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 in the new CT6-V. So, what will power the also upcoming CT5-V Blackwing and CT4-V Blackwing? According to Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman, via Instagram, the former will NOT receive the Blackwing V8 but rather the 6.2-liter LT4 supercharged V8, the very same engine powering the outgoing C7 Corvette Z06 and CTS-V.
It produces 640 ponies in the latter and Lieberman’s sources say that will likely increase to around 670 hp. But best of all – best of all! – is this: a six-speed manual. You read that correctly. Row your own gears, folks. Expect Cadillac to offer an automatic option, likely a 10-speed, as well. Both the CT5 and CT4 ride on GM’s excellent rear-wheel-drive Alpha platform which was engineered from the beginning to accommodate a manual. The current Chevy Camaro also utilizes this platform.
So, what about the CT4-V Blacking? Well, it’s also slated to receive a manual option, but not the LT4. What about the 6.2-liter LT1 V8 currently used in the C7? Nope.
Instead, Cadillac is going with another familiar engine: the 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6. Yes, the very same engine used in the ATS-V, where it produces 464 hp and 445 lb-ft of torque.