The Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Might Be Expensive, But Its Engine Will Be Hand-Built AMG Style
Each CT5-V will basically tell you who built its engineby Tudor Rus, on LISTEN 02:18
AMG’s engines have been at the forefront of high-performance for as long as we can remember. The way these engines are built plays a huge role in building and maintaining their status in the car world: each engine is assembled by one technician, under AMG’s “One man, one engine” philosophy. If recent reports are true, Cadillac wants to take the same approach with the CT5-V Blackwing.
We already know what will motivated the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing. But there is a twist. GM’s 6.2-liter LT4 V-8, a traditionally higher-volume engine, will now be assigned to just one engineer who will handle the entire assembly process. In other words, those units destined for the CT5-V Blackwing are going to be assembled at GM’s Bowling Green plant in Kentucky on a separate line, by a single operator.
Speaking to GM Authority, Mirza Grebovic, Blackwing Chief Engineer, made it pretty clear that “now it’s a single builder that builds the whole engine, and when they’re done, they’ll use a plaque with his or her name. We machined a little spot on the supercharger lid where s/he can put it on. Every customer will be able to see who built their LT4 engine."
The LT4 V-8 is not a new product for GM. It found a home in the likes of Corvette C7 Z06, Camaro ZL1, and CTS-V. For use in the CT5-V Blackwing, however, the unit is going to be retuned to produce 668 horsepower and 659 pound-feet of torque.
As a result, the super-sedan will get to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.7 seconds on to a top speed of 200 mph, with customers having the option of going for the standard six-speed manual or the available 10-speed automatic transmission.
|0 to 60 mph||3.7 seconds|
|Top Speed||200 mph|
That said, the CT5-V Blackwing will not be cheap. Pricing starts at $84,990, but a loaded model can demand just short of $122,000. Then again, having a hand-built engine under the hood – a practice that’s less and less common these days – might spur some customers to take the “money ain’t a thang” approach without thinking twice.