• 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 engine

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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.

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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.

Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing specifications
Engine LT4 V-8
Horsepower 668 HP
Torque 659 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 3.7 seconds
Top Speed 200 mph
Transmission 10-speed automatic
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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.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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