Cadillac Will Make More Blackwing Models, But SUVs Are Off The Table
Caddy struck lightning in a bottle with the Blackwing lineby Kirby Garlitos, on
Cadillac is riding on the success of its Blackwing nameplate with plans to introduce more Blackwing models in the future. The CT4-V and the CT5-V are the only two Caddy models that come with a Blackwing variant. The rest of Cadillac’s lineup consists of SUVs — the XT4, XT5, XT6, and Escalade — and the automaker has already said that an Escalade Blackwing is out of the question. So if there are going to be more Blackwing Caddys it’s likely that those models don’t exist yet.
Cadillac’s bullishness on the Blackwing nameplate is great news for fans who are looking for more high-strung, track-ready performance cars from the General Motors-owned automaker. Both Blackwing versions of the CT4-V and CT5-V provided a glimpse of the nameplate’s performance potential. The question now is which models are going to have Blackwing versions down the road.
Cadillac Chief Engineer Tony Roma recently spoke with GM Authority on this subject. Roma didn’t go into any specifics, but he did confirm that the Blackwing lineup will grow. “Blackwing is reserved for really the pinnacle, the purest expression of performance, track capability, and that’s what it’s going to stand for going forward,” he said.
Unfortunately, fans of the Escalade who are eager to see a Blackwing version will be disappointed.
That’s not going to happen, though there is the possibility that an Escalade-V could happen down the road. Cadillac also plans to grow the V-Series and there have already been discussions about a performance-spec Escalade within General Motors.
Word has it that it would be powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V-8 engine. That’s the same powerplant that’s found under the hood of the CT5-V Blackwing and the third-generation CTS-V. It won’t, however, be set-up as a hardcore track-spec performance SUV.
The possibility of new Blackwing-badged Cadillac models is there. A high-performance electric car is a possibility. So is a crossover. Either way, the CT4-V and the CT5-V won’t be the only Cadillac models to come with a raunchy Blackwing version.
Source: GM Authority