It was a bitter moment when Cadillac introduced the CT4-V and CT5-V in late May last year, although news of the two hot sedans appealed to enthusiasts, some hoping for more power. Finally, the larger of the two cars has only 355 horsepower, while the CTS-V it replaces has a powerful 640 hp. The story is similar to the smaller brother, considering that the CT4-V is rated at 320 hp, which is far from the 464 hp of the old ATS-V.
GM’s luxury brand has only waited a few days to address the problem by announcing more hot versions to stand above normal V models. Rewinding to date, countless rumors of two high-performance cars getting the “Blackwing” suffix and manual transmission have been confirmed by Cadillac.
The company is not willing to share technical details for now, but we know that during recent tests, the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing managed to erase the seconds from the lap time achieved by the ATS-V and CTS-V at the Virginia International Racecourse. More information will be revealed over time, while Cadillac will say that these full-fat V models will be available in limited numbers with “specially tuned chassis, vehicle and engine management technologies.”
If we rely on the rumor mill, it is believed that Blackwing cars will also be offered with a ten-speed automatic transmission. The lower CT4-V is said to get a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6, while the CT5-V will reportedly rely on a 6-liter V8 with a pre-charged engine, both of which come from the ATS-V. and CTS-V, respectively.
In other words, the top-range versions of the CT4 and CT5 are unlikely to use the actual Blackwing engine found under the hood of the short-lived CT6-V, where the twin-turbo 4.2-liter V8 produced a healthy 550 hp. Although Cadillac was discussing the fate of Blackwing, a company spokesman told us earlier this month that he did not currently plan to install the engine in other cars.