Going with the latest news that General Motors is delaying some of its future product plans due out next year because of the COVID-19 catastrophe, we’ve also exclusively received word that the 2021 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and 2021 CT5-V Blackwing will not see the light of day until at least six months behind their original timeline. Their debut was scheduled for later this year, and now will likely not debut until the end of 2020 or perhaps even later, depending on how things shake out.
The upcoming Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing will each follow a familiar formula, but with an updated twist. Both vehicles will utilize GM’s A2 rear-wheel-drive based architecture, which evolves from the the previous Alpha platform that was found in the Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V, as well as the current Chevrolet Camaro. These performance sedans will be powered by two familiar engines; a 3.6L twin-turbo LF4 V6 for the Cadillac CT4-V Blacking, and a 6.2L LT4 V8 for the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing. They are carryover motors from the now discontinued ATS-V and CTS-V, respectively. Both vehicles will replace the often criticized 8-speed automatic found in their predecessors with a sharper, smarter 10-speed automatic. A six-speed manual transmission will be found on both vehicles, as we exclusively reported. Although it’s unclear which transmission will be standard at this time.
From there, both the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing will utilize GM’s Global B electronics architecture, which means tuning them without help from General Motors itself will be the most difficult hacking project the aftermarket has ever seen. The Global B architecture is five times more powerful than the electrical architecture it replaces, and allows for things like OTA updates, incredibly sharp screen resolutions, and a fortress of cybersecurity.
Design-wise, the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing will be identified by more aggressive front fascias, quad-tip exhausts, a wider stance, and more aggressive rear spoilers. On the inside, a performance steering wheel with a red stripe affixed at twelve-o-clock and Recaro bucket seats will be the most obvious changes.