Late February, GM Authority exclusively revealed that production of the Cadillac Blackwing ultra-high-performance luxury sedans would begin at the GM Lansing Grand River plant in Michigan on July 5th of this year. We have now learned that this will be nearly a month before the regular 2022 Cadillac CT4 and 2022 Cadillac CT5 enter production at the same facility.
As of this writing, the regular 2022 CT4 and 2022 CT5 models are scheduled to go into production August 2nd. This should make it possible for Lansing Grand River workers to build at least 250 examples each of the 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing.
All of those vehicles have already been accounted for. Rights to the first CT4-V Blackwing were sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona in late March for $165,000. Similar rights for the first CT5-V Blackwing sold for an even more impressive $265,000. Both sums are being donated to the Black Ambition initiative.
The remaining vehicles in the first 500 have already been reserved. The 250 initial examples of the CT4-V Blackwing were ordered in less than a day. The same process for the CT5-V Blackwing took just three minutes.
However, it’s possible that the new owners may have to wait a little longer before they can start to enjoy their vehicles. The production information mentioned here naturally relies on Lansing Grand River being open in July. At present, it is not. The plant was shut down on March 15th due to the ongoing semiconductor supply shortage which has been affecting automakers – and manufacturers of many other products – around the world.
On the day the shutdown started, we reported that it was “expected to last until at least the end of the month”. Even this forecast has proved to be optimistic. As of this writing, in the second half of April, the plant remains idled. Cadillac Blackwing production may still begin on July 5th, but the longer the shutdown continues the less likely it is that this will happen on time.