The Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Could Pack AWD and a Manual, Leak Suggests

Cadillac's proper "V" cars are coming soon, and what purports to be a leaked option tree reveals something interesting.

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Last year, Cadillac released the performance-oriented CT4-V and CT5-V sedans . While they've proven excellent, they didn't quite meet the power expected from Cadillac's V-Series cars of yore. This year, Cadillac is debuting the proper V cars, known as the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing — but neither car will employ Cadillac's bespoke Blackwing V8, which only found a home in the CT6 before being killed off.

Confused? Well, Cadillac, which is perpetually reinventing itself, seldom makes things easy.

Cadillac will unveil the new high-performance Blackwings on Monday, February 1. But ahead of that reveal, a leak to CadillacVNet shows what appear to be the option trees available for both the CT4-V Blackwing and the CT5-V Blackwing, giving us a hint as to what we can expect.

Both cars have a six-speed manual as an option listed in addition to the 10-speed automatic. The CT4-V Blackwing allegedly has a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6, while the CT5-V Blackwing reportedly brings back GM's trusty supercharged 6.2-liter V8.

One thing that would be really interesting, if it proves true: the leak shows the CT5-V Blackwing will be available with all-wheel-drive. (It's not clear whether you would be able to pair that with the manual, but it seems unlikely.)

The leak also shows that the CT5-V Blackwing will reportedly offer two versions of Super Cruise, though it's unclear what the difference is between them. And if you want to go bold with the colors, Blaze Orange Metallic and Electric Blue appear to be two new color options not available on last year's sedans.

If the rumors have you excited, be ready to act fast. We don't know how long these two V-Series Blackwing models will be around. Cadillac is set to be GM's flagship electric brand, and the scuttlebutt has the marque ditching gas engines entirely soon. But it will be hard to find a more fitting send-off for Cadillac internal combustion than what are effectively next-gen versions of the departed (and beloved) ATS-V and CTS-V.


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