Who says the manual gearbox is finished? Not Cadillac, that's for sure because it is bringing the stick shift back on the fourth generation of its V-Series sub-brand, Spearheaded by the 2020 CT4-V and CT5-V, these ultra-performance variants will also feature the Blackwing name!
The moniker was introduced last year for the now discontinued CT6-V saloon packing a 550 horsepower turbocharged 4.2-litre V8.
The CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing will feature specially tuned chassis, vehicle control technologies, and although not confirmed, maybe even the Blackwing V8. But it is more likely that they will be powered by a 3.6-litre twin-turbo V6 or a 640 horsepower 6.2-litre supercharged V8 mated to presumably six-speed manuals while 10-speed automatics will also be offered.
The two saloons have been undergoing tests that includes sessions at tracks and road courses around the US. In fact, earlier this year at Virginia International Raceway, each car set lap times seconds faster than the legendary ATS-V and CTS-V.
“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.”
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we probably won’t see these cars until at least the middle of next year or even later.