If there’s anything to blame, then blame the coronavirus

As many other fellow carmakers, General Motors had its factories shut down because of the rapidly-spreading coronavirus. The giant was supposed to maintain the lockdown until March 30 and reevaluate the situation at that point.

Since things aren’t showing signs of improvement in the U.S. and plants remain closed, the ripple effect created by the measure is beginning to affect GM’s portfolio, including brands like Cadillac.

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Muscle Cars and Trucks reports that the coronavirus has forced Cadillac to sideline its incoming performance sedans. In more specific terms, ‘courtesy’ of COVID-19, the 2021 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and 2021 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing debuts have been pushed back six months beyond the original timeframe.

The two performance sedans were supposed to be introduced later this year but by the look of the situation, chances of that happening are slim.

What’s more, if the coronavirus outbreak doesn’t lose momentum, Cadillac might even be forced to postpone the launch for next year.

Why are they called Blackwing? Will they used the Blackwing V-8?

Well, no, Cadillac will not offer its Blackwing-badged V-8 engine in the 2021 CT4-V and CT5-V.

According to the same outlet, each model will get its own powerplant, with the CT4-V embracing the 3.6-liter twin-turbo LF4 V-6, while the CT5-V is in line for a V-8, albeit not the one you want. Instead of the 4.2-liter twin-turbo Blackwing V-8, the CT5-V range-topper will borrow the CTS-V’s supercharged 6.2-liter V-8.

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At this point, we can’t say for sure whether Cadillac will offer the 6.2-liter V-8 in the same state of tune for the CT5-V as in the CTS-V (640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque).

One thing’s for sure, though: the Blackwing V-8 introduced by the CT6-V (550 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of twist) is out of reckoning for the time being, as it won’t make an appearance in the Escalade lineup either.

Both the CT4-V and CT5-V will sit on GM’s A2 rear-wheel-drive underpinnings and will ditch the much-criticized eight-speed auto for a new and improved 10-speed unit joined by a six-speed manual.

Source: Motor Cars & Trucks

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 More
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