Cadillac sticks with stick shifts in new Blackwing sports sedans

Cadillac is ready to spread its wings.

(This camouflaged CT4-V Blackwing will compete against the BMW M4.)

The automaker has announced that the upcoming highest-performance versions of its CT4-V and CT5-V sedans will carry the Blackwing name.

Cadillac’s future, track-capable V-Series vehicles will be called CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing, representing the apex of Cadillac performance and driver engagement.

Cadillac’s future, track-capable V-Series vehicles will be called CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing, representing the apex of Cadillac performance and driver engagement.

It was first introduced last year as the name of the 550 hp turbocharged 4.2-liter V8 engine in the now discontinued CT6-V sedan.

The Blackwing. 4.2L twin-turbocharged V-8 engine is rated at 550 hp.

The Blackwing. 4.2L twin-turbocharged V-8 engine is rated at 550 hp. (Cadillac)

The engine has been put on hiatus and won’t be used in either of the new cars, which are track-focused models along the lines of a BMW M or Mercedes-AMG.

Technical details have not been revealed, but both will be available with a manual transmission, which is becoming a rarity in the sports sedan segment.

the CT5-V Blackwing will feature a V8, but not the Blackwing V8.

the CT5-V Blackwing will feature a V8, but not the Blackwing V8. (Cadillac)

As they are evolutions of the previous ATS and CTS, it’s likely the CT4-V Blackwing will have a turbocharged V6, and the CT5-V Blackwing a supercharged 6.2-liter V8. Car and Driver speculates the latter will crank out more power than the 640 hp did in the CTS-V. The non-Blackwing CT5-V currently on sale has a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6s rated at 355 hp.

Pricing for the cars and an on-sale date have for the Blackwings not been revealed.

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