Cadillac is making no bones about its ambitions for the upcoming CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing performance models; the pair having been spotted during public benchmarking against two of the BMW M department’s finest machines. Captured by our spy snapper near the firm’s Michigan base, Cadillac’s hot pairing – set to come with boosted V6 and V8 power respectively – were in convoy with a BMW M2 and BMW M5, as well as the lesser CT variants that will slot beneath them in the sporting range.
While details are a long way off from being revealed - the cars aren’t due until next year - the sighting emphasises that Cadillac’s entire line-up of V-badged models is being developed to take on the sharpest driver’s machines of their classes. They’re certainly bringing appropriate firepower; the smaller CT4-V Blackwing is set to come with something in the region of 450hp from its turbo six, while the CT5-V Blackwing’s V8 is predicted to be GM's supercharged 6.2-litre unit, offering significantly more than 600hp.
Those numbers ought to give the Blackwings ultimate honours in their segments, and we’re expecting good things when it comes to their overall packages, as well. Cadillac has really delivered on the chassis front in recent years – we loved the CTS-V, for example – and it’s almost certainly going to retain rear-wheel drive and manual options for both models, despite the shift towards all-wheel drive and auto from the Germans. With an American market to please, the Caddys ought to sound pretty bold and feel rather muscular, too; our spy snapper was certainly impressed with the exhaust notes of the development cars.
Lower down the CT rakings will be non-Blackwing models, using turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines with slightly less focussed chassis setups. These will, of course, be the volume sellers when it comes to the hot stuff, although there’s a strong chance that a significant portion of the V-badged CTs to make it to Britain will be the top performance variants. What’s the point of going for a leftfield (and left-hand drive only) choice from the States and not going for the big daddy, eh?