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Cadillac V-Series Cars Get ‘Blackwing’ Upgrade

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If you’re a Cadillac customer, you typically value luxury and quality above all else. With the brand’s V-Series of cars, you get all that plus an extra scoop of sporty performance. Cadillac has plans to take performance up a notch with a “next-level” V-Series, and it looks like they will be called Blackwing.

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The credit for uncovering the new name goes to fans at The Cadillac Society, and it wasn’t just created out of thin air. As you can read in our “Behind the Badge” series, the brand’s first emblem featured three birds industry historians commonly call “the ducks.” The proper name for the device in Cadillac’s first shield is merlette, a French term that can also refer to female blackbirds. That connection ties the Blackwing name back to the very beginning of Cadillac’s history, while still sounding very badass.

Original Cadillac emblem

As of publication, The Cadillac Society thought that Cadillac would bump the CT4-V and CT5-V to Blackwing status first, with other models to possibly follow.

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Not only will the cars themselves be part of the Blackwing line, but the name also refers to the engines they carry. The Blackwing engine is already powering the 2019 Cadillac CT6 Platinum and the CT6-V (no word on whether the CT6-V will earn the Blackwing badge). It’s a 4.2-liter V8 engine that’s been tuned to achieve 500 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque with the Platinum and 550 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque for the V-Series.

As we head into the 2020 model year, keep your eyes open for future announcements about the new Blackwing vehicles.

News Source: The Cadillac Society

Engine information: GM Authority