Upcoming Cadillac CT4-V, CT5-V Blackwing To Feature Manual ‘Box!
The 2020 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V are the stuff of wet dreams for automotive enthusiasts. Why? Well, the cars feature powerful motors and manual gearboxes.
Who says the manual is gone for good? In an era of cars that overwhelmingly prefer software and actuators to shift gears, the 2020 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V promise self-shifted driving fun.
The ‘V’ sub-brand from Cadillac puts down high-performance models on the road. The fourth generation of Cadillac V cars will be led by the 2020 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V. The two fast saloons will also feature the Blackwing badge signifying the powerful V8 underneath.
The Blackwing moniker was introduced in 2019 with the CT6-V that is now discontinued. the 4.2-litre V8 is good for 550hp. However, the new saloons might feature a twin-turbocharged 3.6-litre V6 or a supercharged 6.2-litre V8 that puts down 640hp. Six-speed manual gearboxes will transmit power while 10-speed automatics will be offered optionally.
The 2020 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V have been doing test runs including track times and road courses around the USA. Earlier this year, both cars set lap times faster than the infamous ATS-V and CTS-V.
Brandon Vivian, Cadillac executive chief engineer, said, “The Blackwing name has come to represent the very best of Cadillac performance engineering, craftsmanship and technology. The new CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing build on the brand’s respected legacy of ultimate-performance driving experiences and elevate them even further.”
Cadillac would have launched the performance saloons later this year. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, expect the American carmaker to bring them to market mid to late 2021.