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CT5-V Blackwing
Image via Cadillac.

In January MC&T was the first to exclusively report that the upcoming performance variants from Cadillac that will replace the dynamic ATS-V and the supersonic CTS-V will both come with both manual and automatic transmissions. Today, The Drive further confirms our original report, with a photo depicting a completely uncovered 2021 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing with a DIY shift stick. How fun!

Cadillac hasn’t offered a supercharged V8/stick shift combo since the discontinuation of the second-generation CTS-V, which also came in coupe and wagon body styles. Unfortunately, we understand that the entirety of the Cadillac CT5 program to come in a single body style: a four-door sedan. That includes the CT5-V and CT5-V Blackwing. Like the gen-3 CTS-V, there will be no coupe, nor wagon.

2021 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

To remind, the upcoming Blackwing performance Cadillacs will each feature familiar engines. First is the 464 hp 3.6L twin-turbo LF4 V6 for the 2021 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing, which is the ATS-V replacement. From there, the 640-650 hp 6.2L LT4 V8 for the 2021 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, the CTS-V replacement. Aside from both featuring manual transmissions, they will also feature GM’s 10-speed automatic.

Because the engines will be the same as before, we’re not expecting much variation when it comes to performance numbers such as 0-60 acceleration, top speed, or quarter mile times. According to sources close with MC&T, we’ve been told to expect the similar performance numbers to the ATS-V and CTS-V with these new Blackwing Cadillacs, but with significantly more levels of refinement. Although, we hope that doesn’t mean “numb,” as is the case with whatever BMW is squeezing out of its hollowed-out ///M division these days.


Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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