Cadillacs are for Old People. Yeah, right!

What do you get when you put an uprated version of the Corvette Z06’s engine, a luxurious Cadillac saloon and a chocolate ice-cream together? The answer? The most powerful production Cadillac ever mass produced! And a chocolate ice-cream.

The new Cadillac V cars have been announced for the 2022 model year. I have to say, I am really excited. First up is the new CT4-V Blackwing (the red one). It is about the size of a 3-Series and C-Class, which makes sense as it was built to do battle with them. It has a 3.6L Twin-Turbo V6 producing 350KW and 600NM. It looks really good with the angular design language of Cadillac and that large ducktail spoiler on the boot.

Next up is the new CT5-V Blackwing (the white one). It has a supercharged 6.2L V8 from the Corvette Z06 and Camaro ZL1, however in this application it produces 498KW and 890NM of torque going to just the rear wheels, making it the most powerful production Cadillac ever. Fitting that it is most likely the last petrol-powered one.

Next up is the new CT5-V Blackwing (I cannot decide if the name is silly or just plain awesome. I’m leaning towards the latter). It has a supercharged 6.2L V8 from the Corvette Z06 and Camaro ZL1, however in this application it produces 498KW and 890NM of torque going to just the rear wheels, making it the most powerful production Cadillac ever. Fitting that it is most likely the last petrol-powered one.

The most surprising of all of this is that both cars come with a manual as standard. Yes, hugely powerful, manual Caddy Vs. Who would’ve thunk it?! The most powerful Cadillac ever comes with a manual as standard! I cannot get over how cool that is! Yes, you can get the 10-speed auto if you want and that is probably the one Hennessey would ask you to pick if you want to make your hugely powerful, M5 and E63S top speed beating Caddy even more powerful. I, however, would just leave it – mostly – stock and tinker with the exhaust a bit to make it sound even more ridiculous than it is.

Unfortunately, they are both quite expensive, starting at $60k for the CT4-V and $84K for the CT5-V, which can go up to $125k when loaded with options. The other unfortunate thing is that apparently all of them have already been sold out. Jip, the only way you’ll get one now is if you pay an astronomic amount of money to the first owner who pushed up the price ridiculously high – as they do in the US of A with limited-run muscle cars (see Dodge Challenger Demon).

I’ve always liked the V Cadillacs. Since the first CTS-V in the early 2000s, to the one James May hated and then loved, to the more modern one before Chevy bungled all the names about. Cadillacs in general have this aura of luxury about them, but that is almost still achievable – like Jaguar. You could have a second-hand one for much less than the original owner bought it for, plus you’ll look rich (I’m betting Cadillacs’ services are cheaper than Jaguar’s though).

Stuffing the engine from a sports/muscle/super car (whatever the Corvette is these days. See a previous blog) into a big saloon car sounds stupid and unnecessary, but in reality it is one of the most awesome things a car manufacturer could do. I was hoping for the 560KW (755HP) Supercharged LT5 V8 from the C7 Corvette ZR1, but then Cadillac put a manual in it and the world was filled with hope again.

The V8’s days are numbered and that is a sad thing. Let’s enjoy them for as long as possible before they disappear into the history books to be replaced by hybridised 4-cylinders and electric motors (looking at you, AMG!).

Only you have the power (and money) to help! Save a life. Adopt a V8.

©2021 Michael De Kock 

Michael de Kock is a Psychology-graduated job-seeking petrolhead nerd (who’s currently on his way to becoming motor mechanic if he can figure out the math), fascinated by wooden tulips and generally thinks too much about cars.

What the Imagination Can Do With Four Wheels and an Engine

This is going to be a quick one about my three favourite concept cars that – obviously – never made it to production.

First off, the SAAB Aero-X.It is an awesome thing with its interesting door design that opens the entire roof of the car and the doors that go with it that would have been unique and exciting – if it made it to production. Impractical? Of course it is! It’s a concept! But that’s what made it brilliant! Yes, it only has a 2.8L Turbo V6 with a top speed of 158kph (my BMW 118i goes way faster), but it looked futuristic, still does even today, almost 15 years later. Throw a European V8 in there or maybe a couple of Tesla or Rimac electric motors and you would have a car to contend with.

Secondly, the BMW CS Vintage. It was never prototyped and remains nothing more than a render sitting on a server somewhere in Munich, but it is absolutely gorgeous. It is based on the previous 6-Series Coupe. No word on engines, but it would have probably had the 6-Series’ line-up. It was styled to be a homage to the legendary BMW E9 of the 1970s with its signature roof angled front end and Hofmeister Kink. Imagine building a limited run of it based on the new 8-Series platform, but with an even more luxurious feel, like a Rolls Royce with a BMW badge. It even comes with a smaller version of the controversial vertical kidney grille. Plus, the simplistic interior is exactly what is needed in today’s over-styled interiors (I’m looking at you, Mercedes!). I’d have one in a heartbeat.

Lastly, it is a car that was prototyped, driven, and even road-tested by James May. It also occasionally appears at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It is – of course – the 2003 Cadillac Sixteen Concept. It is a magnificent American barge of a car where four people can sit comfortably and one of those four has the power of a 13.6L V16 producing (at least) 746KW and (at least) 1356NM of torque under their right foot, all without a single whisper of forced induction. It has all this power and torque, but thanks to cylinder deactivation technology, it can run on 4 cylinders under normal driving allowing the 2.3 tonne car to get an average of 14L/100km, or 16mpg US. That’s not bad for a 13.6L naturally aspirated V16. I’d gladly pay for the fuel. Although I imagine when you put your foot down, that figure drops significantly – and I have quite a heavy right foot…

The question now is, if I had the money to have one of these three cars custom built, which one would it be? Well, whilst I love the idea of having a beautiful, fast and luxurious modern BMW coupe inspired by the E9, my heart says the Cadillac. Yes, I’d need to build a garage to fit the nearly 6 meter long car into and yes, I’d need to stock up on fuel cards and yes, the maintenance on it would probably be astronomic, but it’s an awesome, one-of-a-kind car. Whilst I would have it custom built, I’d update the interior just a bit to stay in tune with modern cars. And then I would do all my road trips in it. Long ones…

©2020 Michael De Kock 

Michael de Kock is a recently graduated job-seeking petrolhead nerd, fascinated with avocados and generally quite tall.