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Coronavirus Forces Cadillac To Punt Upcoming Performance Cars Down The Field

Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing
2021 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing

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.

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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