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Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing sedans will get manuals, but they aren't coming soon

Cadillac's fiery CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing sedans are getting stick shifts standard. Sadly, they've also been delayed until the 2022 model year.

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Cadillac originally teased hotter versions of its CT4-V (blue) and CT5-V (red) in camouflage prints back in May of 2019 at the Detroit Grand Prix.

We now know that these models will be known as CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-Blackwing, respectively.    

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Whipping around the track at Belle Isle as part of the Detroit GP, the two sedans were heavily disguised, with vinyl obscuring their bodies' details.   

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While it was originally thought that at least one of these models would receive the 4.2-liter, twin-turbocharged Blackwing V8 that made its first appearance in the 550-horsepower CT6-V, we now know that won't be the case.     

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While it might make all the sense in the world to sling a Blackwing V8 between the fenders of these Blackwing-named models, we're not mad at rumors suggesting they'll will receive engines based on the powerplants found in the outgoing ATS-V and/or CTS-V models. 

That could mean both more displacement and more power.

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The best part? Cadillac has confirmed that both the CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing models will come standard with manual gearbox, something of a rarity in new models these days. An automatic transmission option is promised, with rumors suggesting it'll be GM's new 10-speed unit.

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Cadillac's model naming scheme has been a bit of a muddled mess for years. Now, they seem to be doing much the same as Mercedes-AMG did with the "AMG Sport" badge, taking what would have been called a V-Sport a few years ago and folding it into the now-larger V family. 

Confusingly, of course, they're now adding "Blackwing" as an additional designator for the highest-performing variants in their model ranges.

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Nomenclatures aside, we're truly stoked for these new, ultra-high-performance sedans. Unfortunately, we're going to have to wait a while to see them undisguised.

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GM tells Roadshow that these models have been delayed until the 2022 model year. In fact, we won't see them undisguised until Q1 of 2021.

Bummer.

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