Cadillac made a commitment to offer an exclusive V8 engine since the Northstar series left production in 2011, with the Blackwing 4.2L DOHC V8. This ominously named engine marked the first time twin-turbochargers ever graced a Cadillac V8 engine, bringing some serious performance figures along with the new hardware. The standard Cadillac Blackwing V8 produces 500 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, while a high-output variant is capable of putting out 550 horsepower and thumping 627 pound-feet of torque. Up until this point we have only seen this engine find its way into the Cadillac CT6 sedan, and it’s going to stay that way.
Originally the Blackwing was expected to find a home in other vehicles slated to be built on the Omega rear-wheel drive platform, such as the CT5 sedan and the XT6 crossover. However, because of slow sales over the past couple of years, Cadillac shifted production of those two vehicles to other platforms as a cost cutting measure. According to a report from Motor Trend, we now know that the Cadillac Blackwing will not be available with the next-generation Escalade, again for cost saving reasons.
That report instead states that the next-gen luxury SUV will utilize a tried-and-true pushrod V8 lineup. This is not entirely surprising, as the current Cadillac Escalade employs the L87 6.2L V8 engine that produces 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. But for the next-generation Escalade, customers will be able to upgrade to a supercharged LT4 V8 engine as seen in the C7 Corvette Z06 and the current-generation Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, as we first reported here.
We will add further to the report that the Cadillac Blackwing V8 engine will not find itself in any other vehicle once the CT6-V finishes its product life cycle. A true shame, and you heard it here first. Furthermore, C8 Corvette engines will not find themselves in Cadillac vehicles as it stands, either.
General Motors definitely spent a lot of money to develop the Blackwing V8, as it is a wholly unique engine in their portfolio. The fact that it is likely destined to go away as the result of cost cutting measures might just be the most General Motors thing to happen all year.