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The Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing is almost here and it sounds glorious!

A couple of prototypes turned up at a Michigan Cars & Coffee event recently and they definitely made a lot of good noises!

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If you've been following what's been going on with Cadillac lately, you may be aware that there's a new even faster version of the CT5-V coming imminently. Named the CT5-V Blackwing, it shares the Blackwing name with its bigger CT6-V Blackwing cousin. Whilst the CT6-V Blackwing is powered by a super advanced 4.2-litre twin-turbo DOHC V8 engine, that's not the engine the CT5-V Blackwing will be getting; this new Blackwing will be getting the same 6.2-litre supercharged small block V8 that its CTS-V predecessor had. A puzzling choice? I bet! But a couple of prototypes showed up at a Cars & Coffee event in Michigan very recently and just from listening to this clip that was posted on Instagram, it was probably a wise choice for them to keep the old V8 as it still sounds absolutely amazing!

As you can no doubt hear from those two clips, the CT5-V Blackwing's sonic experience is all about good old-fashioned American V8 muscle. That throaty V8 roar and supercharger whine are both very present indeed and it's a great throwback to the supercharged V8 monsters we were getting both from high-performance GM cars of the 00s and from the teutonic muscle cars AMG was churning out from Affalterbach at the same time.

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Why were both those prototypes there at the Cars & Coffee event? Most likely to get some guerrilla exposure. With the cars this lightly disguised, a full undisguised official reveal can't be that far away. It makes a lot of sense for a couple of cheeky Cadillac employees to turn up to an enthusiasts' event, drive the cars around revving them as loudly as possible and then depart back to wherever they'd driven the cars down to the Cars & Coffee gathering from. Whatever the reasoning was for Cadillac being there, it's great that we've now had a proper close-up, albeit still somewhat disguised, look at what this new CT5-V Blackwing will be like.

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Comments (6)

  • If you would have told me that Cadillac would be the flag bearer for the American sedan, I would have rolled my eyes. However, with most American auto manufacturers abandoning the sedan altogether, Cadillac is the last man standing and the only one offering up exciting new models. Japanese and German manufacturerโ€™s have been pumping out very nice sedans for decades, dominate the category and have pummeled US auto makers out of the ring.

      7 months ago
    • One word on why youโ€™re not correct. Tesla.

      Tesla has by itself put world class cars, manufacturer in the US, back on the map. While doing so it has also revolutionized the EV industry. I love massive V8s, blowers, turbos and nitrous, but...

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        7 months ago
    • An oversight on my part

        7 months ago
  • I'm so disappointed the 'real' Blackwing engine was virtually stillborn. I was really hoping it and the CT6 surrounding it would enable Cadillac to re-establish itself as a serious contender in the market here (and perhaps abroad eventually). The brand needs something to set it apart and make it desirable. I guess we shall see if this latest version of Ye Olde LS-Series engines can help.

      7 months ago
    • Cadillac have said that they want to use the CT6 Blackwing's engine again. I guess they decided the CT5 Blackwing wasn't the right car for that.

        7 months ago
    • Oh! I hadn't read they want to use the CT6's Blackwing engine elsewhere! Perhaps there's hope yet. ๐Ÿ™‚

        7 months ago