Here’s Why Cadillac Blackwing Sedans Don’t Offer Super Cruise30
The General Motors’ Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver assistance system is being offered on an increasing number of vehicles, including the upcoming 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV electric hatchback and the soon-to-be-refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado and 2022 GMC Sierra. However, it will not be available on other upcoming GM models due to arrive this year – the Cadillac Blackwing ultra-high-performance luxury sedans.
Super Cruise won’t be offered on the 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing or the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing even if customers want it. And the reason is that, in GM’s opinion, they probably won’t want it.
“Our focus with these V-Series Blackwing cars was to create a driver’s car,” Mirza Grebovic, Cadillac Performance Variant Manager, explained in a recent interview with GM Authority executive editor Alex Luft. “Super Cruise is offered on the luxury-oriented models.”
Those luxury-oriented models include the CT5 Premium Luxury and non-Blackwing CT5-V, along with the CT4 Premium Luxury and non-Blackwing CT4-V.
It’s easy to see the logic in this. Anyone interested in buying a Cadillac Blackwing model is probably looking for an exciting driving experience. That experience is unlikely to include allowing the car to drive itself (in certain circumstances).
Both of the Cadillac Blackwing models have attention-grabbing performance. The Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing is powered by GM’s twin-turbocharged 3.6L V6 LF4 gasoline engine which produces 472 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque, giving a 0-60 mph time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 189 mph. Meanwhile, the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing will be the most powerful production car Cadillac has built to date. Its supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 motor is rated at 668 horsepower and 659 pound-feet of torque, resulting in a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph.
The CT4-V Blackwing is priced to start at $59,990, while the starting price of the CT5-V Blackwing is $84,990. Both models are scheduled to enter production at the GM Lansing Grand River plant in Michigan on July 5th.
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That’s a lot of words to say that GM is too short sighted and poorly managed to get it done.
They soon canceling both of these cars anyways.
Uh, they did do it, just not on two particular trims for those models. Super Cruise is available on the other CT4 and CT5 trims. We might all be better served were you to focus a bit on more on your own words rather than analyzing those of others….
Super Cruise is NOT available on CT4 and CT5. I tried to get either CT4, or CT5 with Super Cruise, but it was not possible. They just do not make it on 2021 models. Cadillac dealership suggested I wait for the 2022 models. I probably will be getting Tesla instead.
It is available, it just became available late in the 2021 model year.
The ongoing chip situation might disrupt that a bit, but generally speaking, it is available.
Generally speaking? Just WHERE exactly it is available? Answer: Nowhere. Cadillac plant in Lansing, Michigan stopped making 2021 CT4 models without producing 2021 Super Cruise and is currently tooling for 2022 models. Production of 2022 CT4 and CT5 starts on August 2nd. It is not sure that the initial 2022 CT4 model will offer Super Cruise option.
Not true I own one
They are going to cancel the Blackwing? There is a back order and Cadillac can’t make them fast enough.
Typically a person purchasing at car that will end up approaching or exceeding 100k would want it to be an option and not have GM tell them they don’t want it.
One can not simply slap on Super cruise to any vehicle even if it has the Global B architecture. Each powertrain has to be tuned. Also Super cruise will not be compatible with manual transmissions. Outfitting the car with the necessary sensors to make Super cruise run, will just increase complexity that unnecessary in manufacturing for a feature will be rarely selected for purchase in this trim.
Agree. The ROI simply isn’t there for GM to allocate the resources.
Nice cars, but like the CT-6 – – just because they build it, doesn’t mean a lot of people are waiting to buy it, but I could be wrong. Hard to believe there are enough potential buyers to get any sort of payback on this car, but I guess you could look at it as a halo vehicle, and justify it as marketing and image… I get it, trying to make Cadillac unique and special with a rwd chassis, but the rebadged Equinox, Acadia, and Traverse seem to send Cadillac on a different route.
It’s official.. Cadillac really doesn’t know it’s customers. I’m a 2nd gen cts-v owner, I wanted to upgrade, but every direction they’ve chose to go with this car has just been flat out disappointing. From the less aggressive styling, the choice of powerplant, high price point, and now lack of super cruise.. I had such high Hope for this model.
Another line item on the endless list of what Cadillac owners dont care about……….
I reckon whoever is buying a blackwing actually likes to drive. I don’t even use cruise control as whats the point? My speed is variable on the interstate as in fast and I need to be in control.
Such a different perspective on cruise control. I get super irked when people don’t use it and fluctuate on speed in front of me.
I would 100% have bought a CT4 Blackwing if…and only if… it had Supercruise. There is nothing engaging about sitting on the highway. I want a drivers car all the time, except in the areas Supercruise works. It is the perfect pairing. Now I don’t know what I’ll buy.
I would imagine a lot more work needs to go into a manual transmission car for it to change its own gears if the vehicle needs to drive. If a car needs to think about which gears to go in while making passed on the highway, at that point it shoyld just be an automatic. That also defeats the purpose of a manual car. I daily a manual, and have been for years, I would definitely don’t want a car changing my gears at highway speeds. I dont even like adaptive cruise. Cruise control is nice for long drives but thats it. Its not just about a luxury feature, no one would use it. People who drive manual cars and people who like self driving cars are at opposite ends.
I would like a convertible version of the CT4 Blackwing to replace my C7 Corvette Stingray convertible
My same thoughts about an electric vehicle. If GM (gm) is really concerned about customers who want a “driver’s car”, do they really think these people want an electric car? I would think not!
Yeah, ‘cuz who’d want to drive a car with that kind of torque curve….
The elderly people I know that can buy this car without blinking are very much cross-shopping Tesla AP with FSD.
GM is getting this one very wrong, but we all know why, it’s all focus on electric… cut all budgets for gas cars. They are “finished products” and will get no attention.
Only gas powered performance vehicle that will get Super Cruise is C8, first via E-Ray before being added to other SKUs “based on demand” – gee, same demand that didn’t exist for Blackwing. SMH.
Can’t buy a manual in a Tesla.
Simple. This is a low volume car. It will sell near1/3 to half as manual Trans missions.
Not enough volume to justify the money to be spent to develop it. Or it won’t work on a manual.
I’ll say it again the more Cadillac personnel talk the easier it is to see what’s wrong at Cadillac. These are your flagship car models that will sell mainly in automatic trim so why wouldn’t you provide Supercruise in them. You put it in a Bolt EUV that has the allure of an empty fish tank. I drive for hours in my V to get to races or car meets so of course I would want that option.
By what I read on midenginecorvetteforum their logic is flawed. Many on there want it on Corvette so sure Blackwing owners would want too.
Just like I said below I don’t want my CT6-V driving itself and I certainly don’t want my C7 Z06 doing it either. I’m not against It at all, just not in performance drivers cars.
Nobody is talking about having it drive you all the time. But no performance car is fun to drive when you’re in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Nor is it fun to drive when you’re stuck behind a truck going 50 in a 55 zone. If you’re driving 1200 miles, do you want your expensive performance car to do some of that heavy lifting? I think most would say yes.
Another example of GM’s poor efforts being excused by the “customers don’t want it” excuse… Who are these customers? The same ones saying the trucks don’t need a panoramic sunroof or the Lyric doesn’t need a frunk? They should just be honest about it, they determined it wasn’t worth the cost, effort, R&D, manufacturing complexity or whatever. Their excuses make it appear that they are out of touch with their customers – I’m happy to let them convince me they are.
Maybe those shareholders will like how much money they are saving cutting all the content and alienating their customers.
Those EVs – Lyric with only two interior colors, no frunk, Hummer with a million pound cub weight – sure aren’t confidence inspiring.
GM becomes more of a lost cause every day……
I have a CT6-V and the last thing I want is the car to drive itself. That Cadillac is offering these cars is a miracle in itself, enjoy what might be the last hurrah for the Cadillac V. They’re awesome cars with incredible performance, quit nitpicking trivial stuff.