Cadillac’s Most Powerful and Advanced V-8 Sits on the Sidelines, but Why?
Last time we heard from Cadillac, it was busy launching the new Escalade. Before that, talk about the upcoming Cadillac CT5-V hot really heated up due to a report that said it won’t get the Blackwing V-8 and instead receive the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 found inside the CTS-V.
At this point in time, the Blackwing’s fate holds a lot of uncertainty, and the worst part is that Cadillac hasn’t got the slightest clue about how, where, and when to use the 4.2-liter twin-turbo V-8 mill.
2021 Cadillac Escalade
The 2021 Cadillac Escalade is the fifth generation of the company’s luxury SUV. Unveiled at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, it replaces a fourth-generation SUV that’s six years old. Just like its predecessor, the 2021 Escalade shares underpinnings with the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe. But unlike the old Escalade, it features an independent rear suspension, a first for the nameplate. It’s also the first production vehicle ever to feature curved OLED displays for the instrument cluster and infotainment system. Power comes from a big-displacement V-8 engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, but Cadillac also offers a new 3.0-liter diesel engine, a premiere for the nameplate. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.
The 2021 Cadillac Escalade Is Like a Rolling Man Cave That Can Drive Itself
Long-considered the standard-bearer in the large luxury SUV segment, the Cadillac Escalade has yet to return to its once-lofty position, in part because of all the competitors that have arrived, taking a lot of the SUV’s shine in the process.
Cadillac’s understanding of the Escalade’s precarious position in its segment spurred the automaker to go all-in on the fifth-generation model. If Caddy wants the Escalade to return to its place at the cabisera of the full-size luxury SUV dinner table, nothing short of an ambitious offering would suffice.
Well, that offering has arrived. The fifth-generation Cadillac Escalade made a stunning arrival in Los Angeles with an all-new look, new engine options, and a cavernous interior that also happens to be packed with an incredible array of tech and entertainment features. If the fifth-generation Escalade’s debut is anything to go by, Cadillac’s swing-for-the-fences move may have just paid off.
Get Ready to Shift Your Own Gears in the 2020 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing
Like most of you, we too were confused when Cadillac launched the less-than-stellar CT4-V and CT5-V last year, but it didn’t take long for us to learn that hotter versions, with the name “Blackwing” were on the horizon. We’ve yet to see these hotter, flagship sedans, but new information has finally come to light and now we have a slightly better view of what’s coming.
Al Capone’s Armored 1928 Cadillac is for Sale at the Low Price of Just $1 Million
What you’re looking at here isn’t only allegedly Al Capone’s very own Cadillac, but it may also be one of the world’s very first armored cars. While there’s no for-sure way to know if Al Capone really owned this baby, a Milwaikee Sentinel story from 1921 did trace the car’s license plates to Mae Capone, Al’s wife. History of the car is known from 1933 onward, however, so there’s nearly a century worth of known history to go with it. If you’re really like to own it, though, the asking price is a steep $1 million, so you might want to run that past your wife first.
The Range-Topping Cadillac CT5-V Will Have a V-8, But Not the One You Want
There’s been a lot of talk regarding what the top-dog Cadillac CT5-V will hide under the hood, with the likely candidate being Caddy’s new Blackwing 4.2-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine. A recent report, however, suggests that the CT5-V range-topper will indeed get a V-8 engine, but it won’t be Blackwing-badged. It’s safe to say we didn’t expect that, but for now, we’re also taking this with a pinch of salt until official word comes from Cadillac to confirm or deny the rumors.
2021 Cadillac Escalade: What We Know So Far
Arguably one of the most recognizable modern Cadillacs, the Escalade is getting ready to say bye-bye to its fourth generation as the fifth is set to make a debut on February the 4th, 2020.
So far we’ve had a fair share of rumors joined by blurry shots of the big SUV’s interior an exterior cues, so we’ve put it all together to see what exactly do we know about and what to expect from the 2021 Cadillac Escalade.
With the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban Revealed, Someone Has Leaked Images of the 2021 Cadillac Escalade
General Motors has been busy rolling out new-generation versions of its SUV lineup. The all-new Chevrolet Suburban and Chevrolet Tahoe have arrived and it looks like the next-generation Cadillac Escalade is about to follow suit. Leaked photos shared on the Instagram page cochespias show the 2021 Cadillac Escalade in full view.
There are several leaked photos of the fifth-generation Escalade, including one that clearly shows the luxury SUV’s front section. Another photo shows the side profile of the full-size SUV while a third photo gives us a glimpse of the Escalade’s posh interior. All signs point to significant changes for Caddy’s flagship SUV as it prepares to set its sights on the Lincoln Navigator.
The Cadillac CT6 fails, goes out of production after only four years
The Cadillac CT6, the company’s range-topping sedan and spiritual successor to the iconic Fleetwood, will be discontinued in January 2020. A highly anticipated vehicle that should have revived Cadillac’s presence on the full-size luxury, the CT6 leaves the scene after only four years in production. Although the discontinuation can also be attributed to the fact that General Motors is retooling its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant for electric vehicle production, the CT6 was a disappointment sales-wise, with less than 40,000 units sold since its introduction.
2019 Cadillac XT4 - Driven
Back in 2018, Cadillac finally decided that it was tired of missing out on sales in the compact SUV market and launched the XT4. This compact crossover was designed to compete against the best in the market, including the BMW X1, Mercedes GLC, Infiniti QX50, and Lexus NX, among others. Now that the XT4 has been on the market for well over a year, we decided it was time to get behind the wheel and see how it really holds up. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really seem to hold water against models from BMW, Mercedes, or Audi, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t compete in the market at all. This means there are a lot of questions to answer: How does the Cadillac XT4 drive, does it have enough passenger space, and what about cargo room? What models does the XT4 actually compete against? Well, we spent a week with the XT4, and we’re here to answer all those questions and more . This is what we’ve learned after spending a week with Cadillac’s latest compact crossover.
Cadillac Was Conservative With the Blackwing V-8 Under the CT6’s Hood
The fact that Cadillac is currently on the course of finding itself shouldn’t be considered news. The company is, however, making efforts to stay relevant in the battle with Europe’s top-flight manufacturers of high-performance sedans, i.e., BMW and Mercedes.
One such effort was the launch of a completely new engine under the Blackwing nameplate - which does sound like a ton of cool and also has a Venom-y vibe around it - slated to equip the new Cadillac CT6-V. The powerplant is a hot-vee V-8 displacing 4.2 liters, which makes it smaller than the 4.6-liter Northstar V-8. However, the Blackwing V-8 makes up for the cut in displacement by embracing forced induction by housing two turbos (equal in size) in the valley formed by its eight cylinders. And if we are to believe the latest report, it also makes more torque than initially advertised by Cadillac.
Lacking Direction, Cadillac Ponders on High-Performance SUVs; What to Do with That Blackwing V-8
Do you know what Operation Fortitude is? Maybe some of you do. Well, it was an Allies deception plan before D-Day in WW2 that tricked Germans into thinking that Allies plan their invasion of Europe to happen in Norway. Allies created false radio reports, manufactured fictitious troop movements, and even deployed inflatable tanks on specific areas to trick the Germans. And it worked. The Germans did not have adequately prepared defenses on Normandy beaches. Allied troops landed and helped free the continent from the Nazis. So, what the heck does this have to do with Cadillac and GM?
I believe that GM is currently using a similar tactic to create fertile soil for the creation of the (hopefully) irresistible Blackwing Cadillacs. In this scenario, the 2020 Corvette C8 and all the hype around it may be like a "false troop movement," or an "inflatable tank," while the probable Blackwing V-series Cadillacs are the real deal that should bring in money and prestige. I know that this may sound like a lot to devour, but bear with me for a while.
A Cadillac Escalade With the LT4 From the Chevy Corvette and Camaro? It Could Happen
General Motors has made it clear that Cadillac will be the face of the group’s electric division. However, that doesn’t mean its focus is solely on electric vehicles. Muscle Cars and Trucks reports that Cadillac will offer a much more powerful engine in the next-gen Escalade. It has cited sources that claim that the new Escalade will be powered by GM’s LT4 V-8 engine. Will this stay for long, or is it a way to lure the customers to the brand before it moves to electrification completely?
2020 Cadillac CT5-V
The 2020 Cadillac CT5-V is a higher performance version of the 2020 CT5, the midsize sedan that replaced the old CTS in 2019. Nameplate-wise, the 2020 CT5-V is a replacement for the CTS-V, but the redesign is rather lackluster in the performance department. While the CTS-V had in excess of 600 horsepower and delivered more oomph than the competition, the CT5-V’s V-6 engine slips below the 400-horsepower rating. So while it can compete with cars like the 2019 BMW 5 Series and 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class in terms of styling, features, and technology, the CT5-V doesn’t replace the CTS-V as a competitor for the beefed-up 2019 BMW M5 and 2019 Mercedes-AMG E63. Check out our review to find out why.
2020 Cadillac CT4-V
The 2020 Cadillac CT4-V is the company’s latest compact performance car and a replacement for the 2019 ATS-V. The CT4-V is based on the CT4, a sedan that’s set to break cover later in 2019. The CT4-V marks Cadillac’s return to the performance compact sedan market, currently dominated by BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. However, the CT4-V doesn’t go against the high-profile BMW M3, and Mercedes-AMG C63 like its predecessor did.
While the 2019 ATS-V came with a V-6 engine rated at more than 450 horsepower, the 2020 CT4-V features a smaller engine with a smaller output. The new compact features the 2.7-liter four-cylinder that debuted in the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado truck and hits the road with a little over 300 horsepower. Does it have what it takes to compete with Germany’s finest performance sedans? Let’s find out in the review below.
Cadillac Just Revealed the CT4-V and CT5-V, and I’m Pissed
Outside of the fact that you could have pretty luxurious American car with decent power, something that made the Cadillac ATS-V (and the last-gen CTS-V) stand out was the availability of a manual transmission. Cadillac dropped the manual on the CTS-V a few years back, so we didn’t expect the CT5-V to be offered with one, but the CT4-V certainly should at least be offered with the option. At least the ATS-V and CTS-V came with decent power. Well, now Cadillac has announced both replacement cars and, as it turns out, there’s no manual transmission and no power in sight. Does that mean those both cars are duds and should just be written off like the many other GM models that GM ruined in one way or another? Yeah, probably, and I’m pissed. What the hell is wrong with GM these days?
2020 Cadillac CT5
The Cadillac CT5 is the company’s long-anticipated replacement for the already iconic CTS. Spotted testing for more than a year now, the CT5 was unveiled in March 2019 and made its public debut at the 2019 New York Motor Show. The CT5 broke cover with a surprising design. While the CTS is a traditional three-box sedan with a long deck lid, the CT5 is more of a fastback sedan, with a sloping roof that descends toward the edge of the rear fascia.
Needless to say, it’s an interesting approach for an automaker that just axed all four-door sedans save for the flagship CT6. The CT5 also boasts a brand-new interior that includes more premium materials, better fit and finish, and state-of-the-art technology. It’s also packed with new driving assistance systems, as well as an innovative semi-autonomous system. Power comes from a couple of turbocharged engines, but the CT5 still lacks a high-performance variant. Let’s take a closer look at Cadillac’s new midsize sedan in the review below.
Cadillac Details The 2020 CT5 During its Debut at the New York Auto Show
Cadillac has finally shared details on its all-new CT5, the model with which it will replace both the ATS and CTS and also take the fight to the German premium automakers like never before. The CT5 is aimed at the likes of BMW’s 3-Series or Audi’s A4 sedans, even though it looks more like a big hatchback and is actually larger than all its direct rivals.
Car for sale: 2001 Cadillac Northstar LMP01 Raced At Le Mans And Now It Could Be Yours
Remember the Cadillac Northstar engines? They were a bunch of highly-advanced, DOHC V-6 and V-8 engines built by Cadillac from the ’90s all the way to 2011. In the early days of the Third Millenium, the Northstar made its way into prototype racing in the middle of the Riley & Scott-developed Cadillac LMP that raced for just three years. This is the fourth chassis ever made, and it was raced by the factory in the American Le Mans Series and at Le Mans in 2000 and 2001. Sadly, unlike the current Cadillac DPi-V.R, the LMP project was ambitious, but the money flow stopped just as the car was getting good and GM ditched its plans of replicating Ford’s Le Mans glory.
Believe it or not, Cadillac first raced at Le Mans in the year 1950 when Briggs S. Cunningham brought two Series 61 models, the first Americans to race at Le Mans in two decades. One of the two Caddies featured an aerodynamic bodywork designed in the Grumman Aircraft wind tunnel with the aim being to achieve a low drag coefficient. Half a century later, Cadillac returned at Le Mans with an angular-looking prototype that, while looking quite a bit like Cadillac’s products at the time, was underpinned by a proven chassis. The problem, though, was the engine. It was always about the Northstar, and it took Cadillac two years to make it reliable and then, in year number three, they finally started working on performance, and the results started to come. The fourth year was supposed to be the one when everything came together, and the target was locked on the laurels everyone was after - but it never happened.
What is the Least Expensive Cadillac?
Cadillac’s least expensive offering is the XT4, which is essentially a more luxurious version of the Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain. It carries a starting price of $34,795 and can climb to more than $40,000 when fully equipped. As far as cars go, for now, the cheapest model you can get is the ATS Coupe, which starts out at $38,995 or the CT5 sedan that hits the market in fall of 2019 and should carry a similar price tag.
What is the Sportiest Cadillac?
As of the 2020 model year, Cadillac doesn’t really have any truly, sporty models. Through 2019, the brand sold the ATS- and CTS-V performance models that were, for all intents and purposes, luxurious sports cars that were eager to move. However, with the introduction of the 2020 model year, both models have been replaced by the CT4- and CT5-V, neither of which are anywhere near as sporty or performance oriented. Those are still your best bet at this point, but if you want something that’s truly sporty, you’re best to look elsewhere.
What is the Most Popular Cadillac
While some automakers find success with compact cars, Cadillac experiences things a little different with the midsized Cadillac XT5 crossover being the Brand’s bestselling model for 2018 with some 60,565 examples sold. In terms of cars, the midsized Cadillac CTS is the bestseller with some 11,219 being sold throughout 2018 – a far cry from years past but still admirable in a market where SUVs seem to be taking over.
What is the Most Expensive Cadillac?
The most expensive Cadillac model is the Escalade ESV (long-wheelbase model) which starts out at $98,590 with two-wheel drive or $101,590 with four-wheel drive. It is fully equipped and is capable of competing with the finest cars from Germany and Japan. It is powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. In terms of cars, the CT6 is the most expensive non-V offering with a starting price of $62,595. Fully equipped models of the CT6 can reach beyond the $70,000 mark. While the CTS-V is still available and inventory is depleted it’s actually a bit more expensive at $86,995 but once inventory is depleted the CT6 will take over the throne.
What is the Fastest Cadillac?
As of 2019, the fastest Cadillac is the CTS-V and its 640-horsepower V-8. It can hit 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and tops out at 200 mph on GM’s test tracks. Once the CTS-V is officially sold out, the CT6-V will take the reigns as the fastest Cadillac. It has a 4.2-liter, twin-turbo V-8 with 550 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. It will offer an even faster sprint to 60 mph and will get you there in 3.4 seconds but will have the same top speed of 200 mph.
Are Cadillacs Reliable?
Cadillacs used to be notorious for oil leaks, and things have changed over the years, but the brand still isn’t ranked all that great. For 2019, J.D. Power ranked Cadillac No. 24 out of 32 in terms of reliability with some 166 problems reported per 100 vehicles produced (PP100.) To put this into perspective, the most reliable brand is Lexus, with a rating of 105 PP100 while the worst is Fiat with a rating of 249 PP100. Cadillac is the least-reliable GM brand, falling just one spot below GMC. Chevy and Buick are ranked No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.
According to Repair Pal, the average cost of repair on Cadillacs is $848 per year with a frequency of 0.5 unscheduled repairs per year. It also says that 12-percent of all repairs for Cadillac models are considered severe, which is just 1-percent higher than the probability of major issues across all models on the market. That said, Cadillacs typically have a higher-than-average cost of ownership, with the average being $631 per year across the entire market.