Cadillac's Blackwing V8 won't live within new Stratos maker after all

MAT originally said it received a license for the engine; GM said that's not the case.

Sean Szymkowski
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
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Cadillac Blackwing V8

The Blackwing's been adopted.


twin-turbo 4.2-liter Blackwing V8 will absolutely become a collector's item. After the engine, originally meant as a Cadillac exclusive, only made its way to a single car, the company abandoned it altogether. Cadillac CT6-V owners, I wouldn't let go of your cars, like, ever.

Although the engine was rumored to find a home at Manifattura Automobili Torino, that's unfortunately not the case. Hagerty last Friday reported Cadillac's Blackwing engine would serve a new MAT project in the near future. MAT, the company behind the reborn Stratos project, knows how to build some incredible machines.

MAT originally told Hagerty the Italian company struck a deal with to use the engine for this mystery project but didn't offer any other details. On Monday, GM announced this won't be the case after all.

The automaker told Roadshow in a statement "we do not have an agreement in place." Further, MAT corrected the misunderstanding.

"Although a signed agreement was not finalized between the parties, we were under the impression that our counterpart was committing to making this engine available to MAT at conditions yet to be defined," the company said. "All the agreed joint commercial activities, such as the participation with the engine to the cancelled 2020 Geneva Motor Show, were based on this assumption."

It's not clear if an agreement is still in the works to use the engine, but it sounds like whatever MAT had cooking would have been pretty gnarly. Meanwhile, GM said it remains "open to other options for the Blackwing engine in the future" but had nothing new to announced right now. Darn.

Originally published March 6.
Update, March 9: Corrects story following new information from GM and MAT.

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