Meet the new Kings of the Hill: The Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing.
Apparently GM’s “All-electric future” is a bunch of malarky. The past three new product launches all had V8 engines, and the future of Cadillac performance all come with manual transmissions. Which means they are not electric.
Cadillac says that the new CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing sedans represent the apex of Cadillac performance and driver engagement. “The Blackwing name has come to represent the very best of Cadillac performance engineering, craftsmanship and technology,” said Brandon Vivian, Cadillac executive chief engineer. “The new CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing build on the brand’s respected legacy of ultimate-performance driving experiences and elevate them even further.”
These two “future” models (GM’s wording) have been undergoing testing that includes sessions at tracks and road courses around the country. GM says that earlier this year, at Virginia International Raceway, each car set lap times seconds faster than the legendary ATS-V and CTS-V.
All V-Series Blackwing models will feature specially tuned chassis, vehicle control technologies and engines (not electric motors). Each Blackwing model will also be offered with a stick shift. You won’t find that throwback feature in most ultra-high-performance cars today, but a lot of GM performance fans will be happy to hear they still exist at GM.
Cadillac is posting updates on the future non-electric Blackwing series at Cadillac.com.