This was inevitable.
It was hard not to be disappointed by the Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V. The outgoing Cadillac CTS-V was a 640-horsepower super sedan, so expectations for the CT4-V and CT5-V were very high. To everyone's surprise, Cadillac packed both cars with a 360-hp twin-turbo V6, which seemed like a massive step backward. Thankfully, Cadillac is cooking up hotter versions of the CT4-V and CT5-V that will reportedly use the Blackwing moniker.
Prepare yourself for another disappointment, however, because Muscle Cars and Trucks reports that both the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing and CT4-V Blackwing have been delayed as part of General Motors' revised product plan in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Other General Motors facelifted models have also been delayed including the updated Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500. According to the publication, the launch of the 2021 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and 2021 CT5-V Blackwing has been delayed by at least six months. Both models were scheduled to debut later this year, which means they will not debut until the end of 2020 or possibly early next year.
Both models will utilize GM's A2 rear-wheel-drive based architecture, which will replace the previous Alpha platform that underpinned the Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V. Powering the CT4-Blackwing will be a 3.6-liter twin-turbo LF4 V6, which produced 464 hp and 445 lb-ft of torque in the ATS-V. The more powerful CT5-V, on the other hand, will utilize a 6.2-liter LT4 V8 - the same unit found in the outgoing C7 Corvette Z06 and CTS-V.
While this unit produced 640 hp in the Z06, it's expected to increase to around 670 hp in the CT5-V. Enthusiasts who enjoy rowing their own gears will also be happy to know that the CT4-V and CT5-V will be offered with a six-speed manual transmission, but we suspect there will also be an automatic option.
As for the styling, Cadillac's new performance sedans will be upgraded with aggressive front fascias, wider fenders, larger rear spoilers, and a set of quad exhaust tips. The CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing could be the most exciting models Cadillac has built in a long time, but unfortunately, we're now going to have to wait a little longer for them to arrive.