The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread disruptions, delays, and cancellations for U.S automakers, including delays to Cadillac’s North American production operations. Now, whispers from around the industry indicate that both the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing will be delayed by roughly six months as a result of the virus.
As we covered previously, Cadillac’s parent company, General Motors, recently announced that it was suspending North American production in response to the coronavirus pandemic. That includes Cadillac’s production as well, with facilities in Kansas, Tennessee, Texas, and Michigan suspending all operations “due to market conditions and to deep clean facilities and continue to protect people.” Now, it looks like the virus is affecting product plans and refreshes as well, as the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing will also be delayed.
Alternatively known as the “next-level” Cadillac CT4-V and “next-level” Cadillac CT5-V, both models are framed as a higher tier in the brand’s performance sedan lineup, slotting in above the “standard” Cadillac CT4-V and Cadillac CT5-V models.
While originally tipped to carry the Blackwing name, it’s possible the name may change by the time the vehicles come to market. The Blackwing name is currently in use with the twin-turbocharged 4.2L V8 engine powering the now-discontinued Cadillac CT6-V.
As next-level performance sedans, the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing will come with a range of upgrades over the standard CT4-V and CT5-V, including more aggressive styling, more prominent aero treatment, a wider stance, larger wheels, sharper suspension, and more muscle as well.
To this latter point, the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing will feature the same twin-turbocharged 3.6L V6 (production code LF4) as was previously found in the Cadillac ATS-V, where it made 464 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing will come with the same supercharged 6.2L V8 (production code LT4) as the outgoing third-generation Cadillac CTS-V, which produced 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque.
Both models will offer a six-speed manual and 10-speed automatic for transmission duties. What’s more, both models will also utilize the new Global B electrical architecture, as first reported by Cadillac Society.