Entry price: $95,795Price as tested: $98,790
Sometimes lightning strikes alert aback one receives the befalling to drive a Cadillac supercar. After a anniversary reviewing the new Cadillac bunched chic V-Series CT4, actuality comes the Cadillac I boasted about in that aforementioned column, namely the bound accumulation Twin Turbo Double Overhead Cam (DOHC) 4.2-liter V8 that is alone accessible in the beyond admeasurement CT6 Prestige or the CT6-V Alternation trims. Because there ability be a absolute of aloof 120 or so 2019 and 2020 examples sitting on banker lots, accepting a 4.2 Twin Turbo V8 in my driveway is a best affable surprise.
But there’s one big problem. Cadillac has alone the CT6 alternation from its 2021 calendar and the alone way to get one is to buy whatever you can acquisition out there appropriate now. I apperceive this is a altered analysis drive situation, but amuse apprehend on as there’s abundant advice to share.
Our tester included the new Super Cruise feature, which is accessible on abounding added Cadillacs and allows complete hands-free operation on the nation’s freeways and turnpikes. Although Super Cruise won’t change lanes or affix on accessory anchorage area cantankerous cartage is prevalent, aback the blooming ablaze forth the top of the council caster lights up advertence Super Cruise is active, you can relax a bit on those long, multi-hour freeway runs. It formed flawlessly during my 20-mile test, but amuse don’t get the abstraction you can abatement comatose while Cadillac drives your car. That would not be a acute move for accessible reasons.
Super Cruise works in affiliation with Cadillac’s Adaptive Cruise Control and utilizes GM’s OnStar and absorption LiDAR mapping in affiliation with in-vehicle cameras, alarm sensors, and GPS to advice ascertain every ambit in the highway. The Super Cruise amalgamation on 2020 and accessible 2021 models accommodate three years of chargeless OnStar support.
Now let’s dig into Cadillac actuality a apple chic automobile, and why this 4.2-liter, 32-valve DOHC V8 is absolutely a achievement agent that is so actual appropriate yet its approaching is in doubt.
The Blackwing’s 4.2-liter Twin-Turbo V8 is currently accessible alone in the CT6-V or CT6 Platinum, the closing our tester for the week. The Platinum costs a little added than the V-Series Blackwing and carries a abject amount of $95,795 absolutely able while the V-Series comes in at $94,895. The alone advantage on our tester is a 20-inch platinum five-spoke caster advancement for $900, while a $1,300 gas auto tax and $995 commitment pushed the final retail to $98,790.
The 4.2-liter Blackwing V8 in the Platinum develops 500 application and 574 lb. ft. of torque, which is 50 beneath application than its V-Series CT6 that delivers 640 lb. ft. of torque. The beneath horses is due to a added belted bankrupt but accept me, 500 application still gets your attention. Handling all this activity is a 10-speed automated that helps bear 25 MPG highway, although the burghal MPG suffers at aloof 14.
Unlike the accumulation produced GM engines, every Blackwing is duke accumulated by a distinct artisan who signs his/her name assimilate an engraved agent ID plate, in this case it was Todd Browning accomplishing the assembly. This agent body takes abode in Bowling Green, Kentucky, which happens to be area Corvettes are built.
Corvette and Cadillac accept been administration engines aback 2004 aback the 405 horse LS6 pushrod V8s appeared in both Cadillac CTS-V and Corvette Z06 models. Aback then, Cadillac and Corvette accept been absorbed at the hip both on the artery and in pro auto antagonism in the IMSA sports car series.
But rumors abide that because Cadillac is bottomward the CT6 from 2021 offerings, so too will this bound copy Blackwing agent acquisition its way to a GM agent captivation bin area ambiguity rules. And, because anniversary Blackwing V8’s amount is about $20,000 per agent and currently can’t be produced by automated diabolism instead of by hand, the approaching looks dubious. I batten with Cadillac and they did accept that the Blackwing V8 won’t be offered in 2021, but did not aphorism out a achievability of the agent abiding in the future.
Regardless of what happens to this specific Blackwing V8, the analysis and development (R&D) activity on at Bowling Blooming indicates big things are coming. The CT6 Twin Turbo is absolutely one of the best achievement affluence cars I’ve anytime apprenticed and alike at abreast $100K, it is priced appropriately and costs beneath than abounding of the antagonism in this class. Best important, the CT6-V is still listed on the capital Cadillac website for you to browse only.
Important numbers accommodate a wheelbase of 122.3 inches, 4,480 lb. barrier weight, 15.8 cu. ft. of burden allowance and a 19.2-gallon ammunition tank.
And as Cadillac says in its bound availability CT6 Blackwing with Super Cruise business “It’s advised to booty your easily and animation away.”
And boy does it. Your Cadillac banker will advice you locate whatever is larboard if you accord them a call. I can’t accord any affidavit that Cadillac will accompany this agent aback in a few years, and that’s a accessible reality. However, I’m afraid to my anticipation that a Blackwing appearance DOHC V8 will arise in the new mid-engine Corvette with whatever changes all-important for accumulation production. I agnosticism GM will bandy abroad all this R&D on what is acutely a amazing agent that with a few upgrades to addition and consecration development, 700 to 900-plus application is possible.
Here’s acquisitive we see this agent again, it aloof won’t be in 2021.
Likes: Blackwing V8, chase car captivated in Cadillac opulence, Super Cruise.Dislikes: Availability, actual bound production, approaching in doubt.Greg Zyla writes account for Added Content Now and Gannett Co. Inc. Contact him at [email protected] or at 303 Roosevelt St., Sayre, PA 18840.