How Do You Feel About Cadillac’s New V8 Engine Name?
Cadillac confirmed the CT6 V-Sport earlier this year and it’s reportedly housing a 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 named Blackwing. It’s a completely new design and it definitely bumps up the CT6 up several notches when it comes to performance. The all-aluminum engine puts out 550 hp and 627 pound-feet of torque that elevates the CT6’s performance to a new plateau and offers drivers an unparalleled experience behind the wheel. The engine is a clean-sheet design and introduces unique design elements developed to balance performance and efficiency with compact, mass-efficient packaging.
Cadillac is calling it a hot V design, at the center of the Cadillac Twin Turbo V8 is a “hot V” configuration that transposes the conventional layout of the cylinder heads’ intake and exhaust systems to mount the turbochargers at the top of the engine — in the valley between the heads — to virtually eliminate turbo lag and reduce the engine’s overall packaging size.
The new Cadillac Twin-Turbo V-8 is matched with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Its broad, 7.39 overall gear ratio spread enhances off-the-line performance and contributes to reduced engine speed on the highway for refinement and efficiency. Narrow steps between the gear ratios also help the engine maintain the optimal speed for maximum power at almost all vehicle speeds.