A few weeks ago, Cadillac revealed the CT4-V And CT5-V to less than stellar comments. All is forgiving now as the Blackwing variants will get a manual gearbox.
The people at Cadillac did this on purpose. They knew, going in, that they were going to announce that the top-line Cadillac CT4-V And CT5-V Blackwing would be offered with a manual transmission. They instead opted to deal with some negative press at first with the lower-power versions before blowing our collective minds with news we all wanted to hear.
The Blackwing, in the event you were not aware, is the name given to the twin-turbocharged 4.2-litre V8 that currently serves as the CT6-V’s tire-shredder. It provides 550 horsepower and 627 lb.-ft. of torque and will both cars a force to be reckoned with.
According to Muscle Cars and Trucks, the manual gearbox is more likely to find its way in the compact CT4-V than the CT5-V. The CT4-V replaces the old ATS-V which was offered with 464-horsepower and a row-your-own-gears transmission.
If Cadillac intends on standing out among the BMW M cars, the Mercedes-AMG and Audi S an RS offerings, this is the way to do it. A CT4-V with a manual transmission will make it unique and although few will be sold, driving lovers and enthusiasts will speak well of it for years to come. The real bold move would be to offer it for a limited time in the CT5-V and create an instant classic, much like the fabulous Cadillac CTS-V wagon with a manual box.