Cadillac Utilizes 3D Printing to Bring Back Manual Transmission
Edited by AM Staff
The V-Series Blackwing models will be the first GM production vehicles with 3D-printed parts, including a unique medallion on the manual shifter knob.
Cadillac is bringing manual transmission to its new V-Series Blackwings with the help of 3D printing. Cadillac’s introduction of the new 2022 CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing will also mark the revival of one of the most popular features for driving enthusiasts – the manual transmission. These manual transmissions were produced using new additive manufacturing (AM) applications that will bring 3D printed parts into the upcoming ultra-high-performance sedans.
The V-Series Blackwing models will be the first GM production vehicles with functional 3D printed parts, including two HVAC ducts and an electrical harness bracket. In addition, a unique 3D printed medallion will sit on the manual shifter knob. By leveraging AM, the Cadillac team was able to reduce costs and waste when developing the manual transmission.
“A lot of work went into making the manual possible in both vehicles. It’s something we know V-Series buyers want and it’s something we knew we had to have, so we used innovative processes to make it happen,” says Mirza Grebovic, Cadillac performance variant manager. “There are a few ways to really get that connected feel with the vehicle and the manual transmission is probably the most obvious one.”
The 2022 CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing will be available starting summer 2021 with in limited quantities. Both the CT4-V Blackwing and the CT5-V Blackwing will come standard with a six-speed manual transmission and offer a 10-speed automatic transmission as an option. The CT4-V Blackwing will be the only sedan in its segment to offer a manual. According to the company, this six-speed manual transmission is both quieter and more durable than the previous generation.
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