Cadillac’s Blackwing Twin-Turbo V8 Comes To $97,000 CT6 Platinum

The thumping Blackwing twin-turbo V8 of the Cadillac CT6-V will soon find its way into the Platinum variant, too.

Cadillac introduced the Blackwing, which delivers 550 hp and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm) of torque, with the CT6-V. Less than a day after going on sale, the limited-edition CT6-V was sold out. Clearly, GM’s luxury brand was on to a winner with this new engine.

We already know that Cadillac will detune the V8 to approximately 500 hp and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) for use in the CT6 Platinum 4.2, based on data from order guides retrieved Cars Direct.

Curiously, the V8-powered CT6 Platinum will be priced from $96,760, including destination fees. That makes it roughly $8,000 pricier than the more powerful, but discontinued, CT6-V, yet it undercuts the 2019 BMW 750i xDrive which starts at $100,945.

Power output is not the only thing that will distinguish the CT6 Platinum 4.2 from the CT6-V. As the name of the latter model implies, it is focused on performance and couples the 550 hp V8 with track-oriented tuning, magnetic ride control system, and rear-wheel steering. In contrast, the CT6 Platinum has a greater focus on luxury and will come standard with 20-way adjustable semi-aniline leather seats, 19-inch alloy wheels, magnetic ride control, and the Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system.

Cadillac will sell the CT6 Platinum 4.2 during the 2019 model year, but hasn’t revealed yet if it will sit on top of its luxury sedan’s range or, like the CT6-V, be a limited run.

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  • Merc1

    A fool and their money are soon parted.


  • ou95grad

    GM:”We’re leading the charge to being fully electric!” Current vehicles in the pipeline: Twin turbo V8 Cadillac, check. Mid-(V8)-engined Corvette, check. Developing huge V8 for HD trucks, check. LOL. I’m not complaining, but you can’t ignore the irony.

  • DMax

    Saw this updated CT6 the other day, not sure if it was a V or not, but holy crap what a great looking car. The front end is killer! Made nearby bimmer and audi look rental spec.

    • c3vzn

      I was thinking this. Did anyone else completely miss that this car got facelifted? It looks sooo good now.

    • Joe E

      Agreed. One was behind me on the freeway for a distance. Front end looks BOSS, like a Cadillac should.

  • TheBelltower

    These things look amazing in person. Very sleek and low. I have to assume that this engine would give this car some massive balls.

    • SteersUright

      Only issue is, they do not have interiors befitting a $100k sedan, nor are they made well. Articles abound with complaints and issues. This is a new(ish) model, but highly unlikely this changes.
      On the outside, quite pretty, I’ll agree, especially in black.

      • TheBelltower

        The interiors do need a lot of work. But I don’t believe that GM has the talent or the interest in building a competitive interior. If they did, it would have happened by now.

  • john1168

    A really nice car with a great engine. It will be an awesome used car deal when it’s a lease return in about three years.

  • I like those Cadillac Sedans, if only they had an interior quality and infotainment system matching the exterior design and performance.

  • MarketAndChurch

    This and the XT4 are the only Cadillacs I like.

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