A detuned version of the CT6-V's engine
Despite rumors that Cadillac had killed off the CT6, the large luxury sedan lives on. At least for now. That was especially good news for customers who were worried they might not be able to get their hands on the 550-hp CT6-V. But what if you want that twin-turbo V-8 engine and weren’t one of the 275 buyers lucky enough to get their hands on the CT6-V? According to one report, Cadillac will soon offer a consolation prize: a detuned version of the Blackwing V-8 available in the Platinum trim.
We first heard about a 500-hp variant of Cadillac’s hand-built 4.2-liter V-8 when the engine was first announced—way back before it even had a name. But until now, we didn’t know which model of CT6 would get it. CarsDirect reports that, based on order guides it has seen, Cadillac will soon offer the Blackwing V-8 as an option in the top-trim Platinum model. There, the Blackwing would be tuned to 500 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. For comparison, the same engine in the CT6-V makes 550 hp and 627 lb-ft. Both versions should share a 10-speed automatic and all-wheel-drive system.
If that sounds like an appealing package, however, be prepared to pay quite a lot for it. The same order guides that CarsDirect saw list the V-8–powered CT6 Platinum’s price at $96,790 USD including destination. That’s $8,000 USD more than Cadillac charged for the CT6-V and $9,000 USD more than it charges for the Platinum trim with a 404-hp twin-turbo V-6. It’s also scarily close to the cost of a Platinum-trim Escalade.