Car enthusiasts were left underwhelmed last week when Cadillac presented the new CT4-V and CT5-V sports sedans with significantly less power than anyone was expecting.
Fortunately, the car manufacturer has since confirmed that hotter versions of the pair are already in the works – and now a report has surfaced that the two could adopt the ‘Blackwing’ name.
Cadillac once reserved its V-Series branding for its most powerful and the V-Sport moniker for sporty, yet lesser, versions. However, it has since dropped the V-Sport badge, and it is expected that the V-Series logo will fill these shoes. This means the marque’s full-blown performance sedans are in need of a new name.
While attending the launch of the CT4-V and CT5-V launch, Muscle Cars & Trucks asked GM president Mark Reuss if ‘Cadillac Blackwing’ will be used to denote the company’s high-performance models.
“What do you guys think of that?” Reuss asked reports with a smile on his face. Following a positive reception, Reuss said “That’s good input”. Which could mean that someone is on to something, or Reuss is just pulling our chain.
Currently, the Blackwing name references the potent twin-turbo, 4.2-liter V8 powering the CT6 and CT6-V where it pumps out between 500 hp and 574 lb-ft (777 Nm) of torque and 550 hp and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm) of torque. Cadillac hasn’t said what engines more extreme versions of the CT4-V and CT5-V will feature, but it’s possible the latter could get the Blackwing V8.
As for the more potent version of the CT4-V, it remains more of a mystery. The current model has a turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder with 320 hp and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque, but there’s only so much power Cadillac will be able to extract from this engine. We, therefore, expect to see either a boosted V6 (the most likely option) or, if they decide to go all guns blazing, the Blackwing V8.