Cadillac's mighty 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8, called the Blackwing, only made it to a single production model. The limited-production Cadillac CT6-V was given that honor but, as with the entire CT6 lineup, it's been discontinued. Cadillac has no immediate plans to drop the Blackwing V8 into any other current or future model.
Earlier this week, we reported that Italian coachbuilder Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT) had made a deal with GM to use the engine for its own use. MAT's previous work includes the Ferrari 430 Scuderia-based reborn Lancia Stratos. MAT didn't disclose which vehicle the Blackwing would be used for and it was probably for the best. Why? Because it's not happening. Hagerty has further learned from GM that there's been confusion regarding the deal.
"The story regarding the 4.2-liter V8 Blackwing engine is not accurate. We do not have an agreement in place with Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT) to provide or sell the Blackwing engine," a GM spokesman said. "Furthermore, although MAT may be working with the Punch Group, we have not licensed this engine as part of the Turin Propulsion Engineering Center sale to Punch Group. Our team is following up with MAT president Paolo Garella to discuss the misunderstanding. We are open to other options for the Blackwing engine in the future, but have nothing to announce at this time."
The Punch Group recently purchased GM's Propulsion Engineering Center in Turin, Italy, and it appears MAT president Garella was honestly mistaken regarding the terms of the deal. In other words, he spoke prematurely. If you recall, GM is withdrawing from markets where it's determined it's not earning money, including Europe. The sale of Opel and Vauxhall to the PSA Group is just one example.
MAT, in response to GM's most recent statement, had this to say:
"We thank GM for the clarification. Although a signed agreement was not finalized between the parties, we were under the impression that our counterpart was committing to making this engine available to MAT at conditions yet to be defined. Furthermore, we were not aware of the sale of the Turin Propulsion Engineering Center to Punch Group until the official announcement on February 27th. We hope that this misunderstanding will not compromise our relations with GM and possible future collaborations."
And so there we have it. The Blackwing V8's current status remains unchanged, unfortunately.