Why the New Cadillac Escalade and CT5-V Won't Get the Blackwing V-8
A source tells us about Cadillac's changing product plans, and the Blackwing V-8's more limited role
Nov 25, 2019
*Full Article at LinkDuring the somewhat confusing rollout of the new Cadillac CT5-V and CT4-V in May, Cadillac clarified that the 355-hp CT5-V being shown was in fact a new mild V-Series trim and assured us a more track focused V-Series would be announced at a later date. We had hoped that would mean a CT5-V powered by Cadillac's exclusive Blackwing 4.2-liter twin-turbo V-8, but a senior GM source tells us that isn't happening due to cost-cutting at Cadillac, which has seen its sales fall in recent years.
Indeed, both the CT5 and XT6 were originally intended to built on the CT6's Omega rear-wheel drive platform, which would've made installing the Blackwing engine fairly straightforward. Cost-cutting moved both the CT5 and XT6 to other platforms, leaving both the Blackwing and the CT6 sedan orphaned in the lineup.
We're further pained to learn the Escalade won't get the Blackwing engine, again for cost reasons. We know GM is hard at work on a new independent rear suspension for the next-generation Escalade and its Chevrolet and GMC siblings, and apparently, it's sucking up all the funding.