Cadillac Doesn’t Want to Share Its Blackwing V8

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With the 2019 Cadillac CT6-V drawing its power from General Motors’ new 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8, it was only a matter of time before people started wondering where else the “Blackwing” motor might crop up. Thus far, the engine has only appeared in the CT6 sedan — producing an impressive 550 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque.

Future models are likely to include the brand’s Escalade SUV, but the luxury brand wants to put the kibosh on any rumors that the Blackwing will be available under another brand. When asked if the motor would be a cross-brand system by Motor Trend, Cadillac President Steve Carlisle responded with “over my dead body.” 

However, it wouldn’t make much sense for the company to hoard a motor that currently only exists within one model with an uncertain future. Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly, which produces the CT6 (along with the Chevrolet Impala), is expected to close as a result of GM’s restructuring program. Fortunately, the luxury sedan received an extension. Initially slated to end domestic production this spring, the CT6 will stick around a bit longer so Cadillac can figure out what to do with it.

From Motor Trend:

But GM has extended CT6 production through January 2020 and that could be extended further. The automaker is still looking at alternatives, one of which is tweaking the platform a bit so assembly could shift to the Grand River Lansing plant alongside the XT5 and XT6.

The CT6 is also assembled in China for that market but Carlisle would rather not make China the sole global source and have to export it and deal with tariffs and logistics.

We imagine it won’t make much difference what Carlisle wants if GM cannot make a case to keep the model in North America. While the automaker typically struggles to move more than 10,000 examples per year in the United States, it saw 17,223 deliveries in China for 2018.

The Blackwing is helping to build interest. Of the 275 CT6-V sedans allocated to the U.S. with the new twin-turbo V8, all were spoken for within a matter of hours of the company accepting orders. While this is a unique situation, spurred by the new engine and an expansion of the V-Series sub-brand, the limited availability may only be temporary. Carlisle has already said the company has held a few back, though it is not clear who they’re being saved for — or how long until they’ll be made available.

We’ve already learned that a detuned version of the Blackwing is on the way. According to reports, that unit will generate 500 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque using the same 10-speed transmission found in the CT6-V. Unfortunately, it will only be available through the new CT6 Platinum 4.2 trim, which carries a proposed MSRP of $96,790. That’s about 7 grand dearer than the CTS-V, but a relative bargain when cross-shopping against German rivals touting similar specifications — at least on paper.

[Images: General Motors]

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