Cadillac's Blackwing V8 was the best engine at the worst time
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It should be clear that GM knows how to innovate and develop excellent products if they want to. The 4.2-liter twin-turbo Blackwing V8 from Cadillac is new proof of this. However, as mentioned in an extensive Road & Track piece, the Blackwing fell victim to some general's bugbears, such as reluctance to - for whatever reason - unleash its excellence everywhere, fund this excellence, and with that excellence in for a long time To be consistent term beyond the Corvette and full-size pickups and SUVs. The R / T story tells stories of "several people deeply involved in the Blackwing project" how an engine that had been in production for 18 years was robbed of its reasons for being in less than three.
From about 2000 GM built Cadillac for a dozen years to the point where the American luxury brand could rationally switch to the chapter "Bringing the Germans to the Battle, But Really This Time". The first steps of the plan meant an exclusive platform and engine. The platform was called Omega. You know the name of the engine. It was supposed to be the aluminum-clad mittens and velvet glove that enabled Cadillac to take the other side of luxury with a range of beautiful and dynamic crossovers and limousines - luxury by global standards.
An engineer involved in the project estimates that GM has invested $ 16 million in the Blackwing's clean sheet development. Many more seven-figure amounts went into the development of the first sedan on the Omega platform, the CT6. The automaker once again dropped millions by poaching ex-Audi and Infiniti boss Johan de Nysschen and moving Cadillac's headquarters to New York City in 2014. Additional money pallets financed the development and debut of the Escala concept in Pebble Beach in 2016.
In 2018, GM unveiled its dramatically named DOHC Twin-Turbo V8. Given what came before, the Blackwing was clearly not designed for cars. It was designed for world domination.
Against the backdrop of declining sedan sales, the CT6 did not sell as GM hoped. The automaker was reluctant to set up another fleet of Brinks trucks to fund entry into a crater-like body style. Removing limousines from the world domination equation made the calculations for the crossovers and the Escala difficult. Reductions in costs and restructuring have killed the Omega platform, the Blackwing doesn't fit the Alpha platform with CT4 and CT5, and the independent rear suspension for the new full-size SUVs has reportedly consumed so much money that GM has tried to do so get the Blackwing into the 2021 Escalade.
We know how the story ends with the Blackwing, a decorated orphan. There's a lot more to what happened and why. Check out Road & Track for history.
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