Car auction sites have rekindled Meaden’s desire for the attainable

As I sit at my laptop trying – and largely failing – to get this column written, the annual Retromobile Show is in full swing. I know this because every time my fingers hover expectantly over the keyboard, instead of typing some pearls of wisdom for the urgent perusal of evo’s saintly managing editor, Ian Eveleigh, instead I end up disappearing into an internet rabbit warren brimming with classic car awesomeness.

You see, Retromobile is an orgy of extraordinary classics and modern classics of all shapes, sizes and denominations. Understandably, it’s also a magnet for the world’s most prestigious car dealers and troops of well-heeled (and often red-trousered) car collectors. Frustratingly, it’s one of the few proper auto events I’ve never attended. Which is odd, as from what I’ve read and seen on assorted websites, magazine articles and social media feeds it has obvious parallels with many of the

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Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing saloon to get a V8, but not that V8…

Production of Cadillac’s BMW M5-rivalling CTS-V saloon came to an end early last year, but almost as soon as it went, a new model’s about to take its place. Cadillac initially launched the V6-powered CT5-V last year with a huge drop in power compared to the respective model it replaced, but has since revealed a new performance flagships under the Blackwing nomenclature that will fill the void. 

Details are scarce at this stage, but new information reveals that testing on the Blackwing models is well under way, ahead of a launch expected next year. Though the Blackwing name was previously attached to Cadillac’s high-tech 4.2-litre twin-turbocharged V8, Cadillac has since controversially stopped production having only featured briefly in Cadillac’s flagship CT6 saloon, making it unlikely to find a home in this new CT5-V.

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