Cadillac CT6-V Shown at L.A. Auto Show, Along with Blackwing V8 Engine

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Cadillac CT6-V

Accompanied by CTS-V and ATS-V Coupe, the Cadillac CT6-V will leave this world behind in a blaze of glory.

We’ve combed the floor of the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show to bring you the best LS-related news around. Whether it’s a new vehicle or engine, LS1Tech was there for it.

Alas, this story may be one of the sadder tales from the L.A. Auto Show. Earlier this week, GM dropped the axe on a number of its large sedans, including Cadillac’s flagship, the CT6. It was only a few weeks ago Cadillac was set to light the roads on fire with the CT6-V and its hand-built Blackwing V8. Now, we’re only marking off the days until the sun sets on what will be the baddest CT6 ever.

This gray CT6-V was one of three of Cadillac’s luxury performance models on display at the Cadillac booth. You really can’t deny how amazing this car is; who needs a symbol of German engineering when the Cadillac crest is more than capable of representing what America can do in this game.

And speaking of American ingenuity, behold the crown jewel of the CT6-V, the Blackwing V8. The twin-turbo 4.2-liter V8 with 550 horses and 627 lb-ft of torque is hand-built by one of six engine builders, one at a time, near all of the Corvettes in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Though its place in the CT6-V will be short-lived, GM Authority says the V8 will have a new nest or two to call home when the CT6 leaves the line in the middle of 2019, including the Escalade and the upcoming CT5-V.

The CT5-V, of course, is the successor to this and every CTS-V. The CTS-V, of course, is powered by the same supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V8 found in both the Corvette Z06 and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The Cadillac variant has a little less power than either of its high-performance cousins, coming in with 640 horses and 630 lb-ft of torque.

Finally, we have this electric blue ATS-V Coupe, which makes do with the 3.6-liter twin-turbo LF4 V6, making 464 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque to the rear. It’s so nice to be around this much American luxury firepower.

The world hardly got a chance to experience what the CT6-V can do before the axe came down. For the few who will fly with black wings, may they give this high-performance luxury flagship the send-off it deserves.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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