Cadillac Boss Says Other GM Brands Will Get The Blackwing V8 “Over My Dead Body”

Cadillac has revealed that it will not share its new Blackwing engine with other brands from the General Motors family.

The unit, a 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8, was unveiled in the range-topping CT6-V and will also be available with the new CT6 Platinum variant. In top form it delivers 550 hp and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm), and in the future it could be used by a number of performance-focused Cadillac models.

Asked by Motor Trend whether other brands would get the Blackwing, Cadillac president Steve Carlisle firmly stated “Over my dead body.”

The press has yet to sample the new engine, which is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, but if its specs and Cadillac’s confidence in it are anything to go by, it should be rather special.

Before the engine was even released in the CT6-V, there was speculation that it could power a future variant of the Corvette. That no longer seems likely, at least if Carlisle has his way.

Yesterday, it was revealed that Chevrolet will build a second round of CT6-V models after the first batch of 275 sold out in just two hours. Carlisle told Motor Trend that Cadillac had yet to decide how many more units it will build and didn’t disclose when they will be available to buyers. One thing we do know is that these additional CT6-V models will cost $4,000 more than those secured during the first round of pre-orders.

Production of the Blackwing engine is handled by GM’s Performance Build Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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  • baofe

    Yesterday, it was revealed that Chevrolet will…

    Umm don’t you mean GM or Cadillac?

  • Peter Vancouver

    Better check the obituary column tomorrow

  • This is dumb. VW is known to share similar engines, in various stages of tune, from its UP to Chiron.

    • Sovereignty

      What other brand inside Volkswagen Group shares the Bugatti 8.0 W16?

      • Basically it’s 4 2.0L VW engines put together. You are aware of their modular architecture…right?

    • Mr Mister

      Wow, I didn’t know that the Chiron’s engine was an option in the UP!

      The dumbest part is that I don’t think not having bespoke engines was actually hurting Cadillac. GM’s engines were fine if not plenty good (the LS/LT V-8s that would’ve been used in place of something like this). I mean, Cadillac had the Northstar V-8 before but it didn’t stop them from becoming a bit of a joke, because they were being put in huge bland cars aimed at elderly people. They could still get some bespoke version that are bolstered for smoothness and refinement.

      Which, this doesn’t exclude a variant of the C8 wearing a Cadillac badge (especially if the mid-engine Vette doesn’t sell as well as they hope). I have a hunch we’ll see such a concept at least, think the Cien concept but with the evolved modern Cadillac styling. Like a Cadillac version of the R8. Is Cadillac still doing that high end range topping halo luxury car (that I think was being slated to have a V12)? If so, then it could share the V12, and this way it and the Corvette stand out from each other more.

      • Merc1

        Most definitely not having exclusive engines hurts Cadillac. The XT6 is a prime example, same wheezy V6 from a Chevy or Buick. The 3.0L turbo V6 should have been used for the XT6 not some Chevy V6. CT6 should not have a 4-cylinder as a base or a naturally aspirated V6 either, should be also turbo V6 and V8. Cadillac isn’t doing some halo car that will no doubt flop the day it lands in the showroom. Too many failed attempts already, Allante, XLR etc.



  • ejd1984

    Amd what is the average (professional) lifespan for recent Cadillac executives?

  • Kevin Cagle

    I think what the article fails to mention is that Cadillac is the only major American manufacturer to never share its in-house engines with another brand. It is a point of pride for them.

    • Merc1

      Really easy to do when none of the other GM divisions have anything to put a V8 in. Outside of Chevy what other GM product would even be able to host this engine?


      • Liam Paul

        GM full size suvs and if for one second GM thinks that v8 will give them a nodge over ford, believe this, they will use it.

        • Merc1

          Well yeah Chevy/GMC, I said that. They will likely use whatever version the Corvette ends up getting.


    • Swagger

      Not true. In a three-way deal in 2004, Cadillac allowed Pontiac to use the NorthstarV8 in the Bonneville SSEi. In exchange, Pontiac allowed Chevrolet to use the supercharged 3800 V6 in the Monte Carlo SS and Chevrolet allowed Cadillac to use the Corvette chassis for the XLR.

    • S3XY

      Tesla is the only American manufacturer to share their technology with all the car makers to make the world a better place.

      • Mike anonymous

        @disqus_q9uEBGT1bm:disqus,.. I can’t tell if your being sarcastic, or if your being serious, anymore.

  • MayTheBestCarWin05

    But the C-Pillar on the CT5 is terrible ARRRRRGGGGGHHH


  • Sovereignty

    I hear Mary Barra has already purchased his coffin.

  • Mr. EP9

    Or when he’s out the door which I’m convinced won’t take much to make happen.

  • Rocket

    The issue isn’t with what they’re keeping from the other GM brands, it’s what they’re borrowing from them.


    • SteersUright

      lol…You know GM well I see.

  • kachuks

    The last time something like this happened was the northstar ending up in the Oldsmobile Aurora.

    The real question is who is there left at GM to share it with?

  • MayTheBestCarWin05

    ORRRR (follow me here) Chevy has been testing the new Corvette completely in the public bc Cadillac has been secretly building their version of that platform. And the blackwing TTV8 is going in THAT vehicle.

    • disqus_6VWOvIAZzr

      GM needs to plan for the C8 to lose some buyers. A properly priced small roadster loosely based on and priced the sames as C7 would be a better next step. Blackwing V there. I don’t think the exotic looks of a C8 will hold up for long to the Chevy faithful (and I don’t think they want the Blackwing either). That’s where an update Cien wiith optional eAWD would pick up the needed volume. And all at Bowling Green.

  • Maisch

    Weird, I dont think its his decision to take, if the top management want the engine in other brands it will end up there. Sounds like a waste to develop a completely new engine only for Cadillac, that will be very expensive for them.

  • S3XY

    Engines in 2019 LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    • Matteo Tommasi

      Selling million of electric cars LOLOLOLOLOL

  • S3XY

    Engines are a thing of the past. Cadillac is a type of dinosaur.

    • Mike anonymous

      You do realize that Electric ‘motors‘ are also ‘engines‘ correct? the term motor is simply used with EVs to differentiate the two typically. Engines & motors can exist in many different forms.

    • danno

      Tesla as we know it now, is a thing of the past.
      And no, not for the better.
      Elon is his and Tesla’s own worse enemy

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Oh, you’re back.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    This is why GM makes no money. If you make an engine, you need to use it everywhere it can go, then slash 2cyl and use the V6 everywhere, then cut both them in half and use the L4 and L3 engines everywhere.
    This is how you make money.

  • Enter Ranting

    Yeah, right. GM will change out a single screw on the Blackwing, give it a different plastic engine shroud and PRESTO – a different engine to be used in other GM vehicles.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    As if the engine is just gonna be “Cadillac-exclusive”.

  • Ali

    As if he is talking about AMG or a BMW M or maybe a Mclaren engine … what childish cheap marketing garbage …

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