Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing, CT5-V Blackwing confirmed

GM’s luxury brand Cadillac has announced plans to revive the Blackwing name with a pair of high-performance sedans, based on the 2020 CT4-V and CT5-V.

Although not fully revealed at this stage, Cadillac confirms it will soon be introducing two “track-capable” models called the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing. These will become the new top-rung performance models from the brand. Speaking about them, Brandon Vivian, Cadillac executive chief engineer, said:

“The Blackwing name has come to represent the very best of Cadillac performance engineering, craftsmanship and technology. The new CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing build on the brand’s respected legacy of ultimate-performance driving experiences and elevate them even further.”

Cadillac says the models will feature a specially-tuned chassis and suspension, with control technologies likely to provide the driver with some versatility. The engines will also be tuned, although to what extent is unconfirmed. A manual transmission will be available.

The company has sent out some teaser images of the vehicles, dressed in psychedelic prototype camouflage. On the CT4-V Blackwing prototype it is clear to see the model will feature huge brakes with what appears to be six-piston calipers on the front, while quad outlet exhausts are a given, along with spoilers and a small wing for the rear.

In standard form (above, blue) the CT4-V uses a 2.7-litre turbo V6 that produces around 239kW. It’s matched to a 10-speed auto. Over in the standard 2020 CT5-V (above, orange) is a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 that develops 265kW, also matched to a 10-speed auto. Rumours suggest the Blackwing badge will introduce a 3.6-litre twin-turbo producing over 300kW, and a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 developing around 450kW, respectively.

These will be produced in limited numbers only, Cadillac says, with more info to be released at “a later date”.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.