Loud, powerful, visceral: What happens to the V8 engine in an electric car world?

They’re loud, powerful and as American as apple pie.

And they could soon become extinct.

The fabled V8 engine that powers American muscle cars and European exotics has been slowly losing its standing with carmakers and motorists. Smaller, more fuel-efficient four- and six-cylinder engines have overtaken the V8 as CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards tighten.

The V8 got a crushing blow last month when General Motors, the industry behemoth behind the Corvette, Camaro and Silverado truck, announced that 40% of the company’s U.S. models will be battery electric vehicles (BEV) by the end of 2025. That’s not all: GM said it plans to eliminate tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035.

Automotive insiders were already bracing for a possible all-electric ‘Vette. Then Ford, GM’s domestic rival and

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Cadillac’s most powerful engine ever

The 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing is the most powerful production car ever from General Motors’ luxury brand. “Engineering Explained” host Jason Fenske has all of the details on the new performance sedan’s monster engine.

Blackwing is the name of both an engine and the highest tier of Cadillac’s performance models. But the CT5-V Blackwing doesn’t use the Blackwing engine, which was a 4.2-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 that debuted in the discontinued CT6-V sedan. Instead, Cadillac chose the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 from the CT5-V Blackwing’s predecessor, the CTS-V. However, the engine is now tuned for 668 horsepower and 659 pound-feet of torque, compared to the previous 640 hp and 630 lb-ft.

The 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 is in turn based on the LT4 engine that debuted in the C7-generation Chevrolet Corvette Z06 for the 2015 model year. It’s also a pushrod engine, while the 4.2-liter twin-turbo V-8 boasted dual overhead cams. Its turbos

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