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Cadillac Also Confirmed Manual Transmissions For Both Models

CT4-V Blackwing

When various Cadillac executives proclaimed that there’d be a little bit of Blackwing in future Cadillac products, this is what they meant. And it’s only what they meant. Cadillac today has officially confirmed that it will use the ‘Blackwing’ name on its direct replacements for the 464 hp ATS-V and 640 hp CTS-V. And things appear to be going well, as the brand claims that the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing have managed to lap Virginia International Raceway “seconds faster” than their predecessors. In addition, Cadillac confirmed that both vehicles will offer manual transmissions to complement the expected 10-speed automatics.

First of all, we told all of you so. Second of all, we told you so. MC&T has been first to report on several juicy details regarding the Blackwing Cadillacs, and it’s only now that the brand is confirming what we’ve delivered to you as far back as spring 2019. And there’s so much more to report.

2022 CT5-V Blackwing
photo via Cadillac

To recap, the 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing will be replacing the Cadillac ATS-V directly. It will ride on an upgraded architecture to the ATS-V’s Alpha platform, called A2xx. This promises wildly capable, yet approachable driving dynamics. Under the hood will be a carryover of the twin-turbo 3.6L V6 engine found in the ATS-V, although it’s unclear if the engine’s output will be improved from 464 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing will carry forward the awesome LT4 supercharged 6.2L V8 engine. As is the case with the CT4-V Blackwing, it’s unclear if the 640 hp 630 lb-ft of torque power figures from the third-generation CTS-V will be adjusted.

As we first reported here at MC&T, the pair of super Cadillac sedans have been delayed six months. Originally planned for the 2021 model year, the two vehicles have been punted to the 2022 model year due to industry disruptions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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