Cadillac as a brand has taken several different approaches to the luxury sedan segment over the years. For the past two decades or so, the automaker has turned their attention towards building sporty offerings to combat the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes. And while these cars may not get as much respect on social media as their old-world competitors, the high-performance Cadillacs have become some of the best driving GM products. As the new year kicks off, we now have some new leaked information about the upcoming Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing.
The information comes by way of Cadillac themselves, who accidentally shared some information about the CTS-V successor via the order guide for the car. The folks over at AutoVerdict were the first to lay eyes on this info, which confirms our early reports of what’s under the hood, and then some.
While the order guide didn’t contain all of the details about the upcoming performance sedan, it did confirm some performance metrics and a list of equipment. We can now confirm that the car will come equipped with the 6.2L LT4 V8 engine, which Cadillac says will make the CT5-V Blackwing their most powerful model yet. They didn’t release a specific output figure for the car, but this statement alone means that it must make more power than the 640 horsepower CTS-V. Perhaps 650 horsepower, as seen with the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, which has the same engine, and utilizes a very similar architecture.
According to the order guide, the engine makes enough power to propel the sedan from 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, before speeding its way to a 200 mph top speed. CT5-V Blackwing buyers will also have the choice of either a six-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic transmission, which MC&T first reported on. Standard performance hardware also includes GM’s FE4 performance suspension setup, Brembo brakes, an upgraded rear-differential cooler, as well as launch control.
The Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing order guide also spilled some information about upcoming options beyond the confirmed magnesium wheels and carbon bucket seats. Joining these other track-ready options will be a set of upgraded cross-drilled carbon ceramic brakes. The order guide also made reference to some visual carbon fiber accent packages for those really looking to drive home the high-performance feel.
General Motors may not be ready to share information about the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing with us yet, but the picture is starting to come together. While Cadillac’s journey towards electrification could shorten the sedan’s lifespan, and COVID disruptions have already delayed the vehicle six months, it is nice to know that the CT5-V Blackwing appears to be the most potent offering from the brand yet.