The 2023 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing 120th Anniversary Edition has made its official debut, a limited-production version of the high-performance sedan of which just 120 units will be produced.
As many readers will have guessed, this limited-edition 2023 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing marks the storied American luxury brand’s 120th anniversary. Cadillac was founded by Henry Leland in 1902, who later sold the brand to General Motors in July of 1909.
Some of the equipment that sets the 2023 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing 120th Anniversary Edition apart from a standard CT5-V Blackwing includes branded sill plates with a vintage Cadillac crest, a B-pillar mounted builders’ plaque with Cadillac graphics and commemorative year branding, a 120th Anniversary-branded shifter medallion (for manual transmission-equipped models only), a special steering wheel plaque, a certificate of authenticity and a free visit to the Spring Mountain V-Performance Academy driving experience in Nevada. All 120 examples will also feature a VIN serialization of the years spanning 1902 to 2022.
Cadillac auctioned off the first 2023 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing 120th Anniversary Edition at the recent Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction in Florida. The vehicle attracted a high bid of $250,000, with Cadillac donating the full hammer price to a non-profit called the SAE Foundation. The goal of this non-profit, Cadillac says, is to “increase access to world-class STEM experiences for students around the world.”
“Everyone at Cadillac is thrilled with this auction result,” Rory Harvey, vice president, Global Cadillac, said in a prepared statement. “We proudly support the SAE Foundation and are grateful to Barrett-Jackson for providing this opportunity. We will help create a new sustainability-focused challenge for high-school students across the country, as well as provide hands-on immersive STEM learning for students in under-resourced communities.”
Power in the 2023 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing 120th Anniversary Edition comes from the same supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 gasoline engine as the standard CT5-V Blackwing, which is rated at 668 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 659 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm. Output is routed exclusively to the rear wheels by way of either a GM six-speed manual transmission or GM 10-speed automatic.
Pricing for the 2023 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing 120th Anniversary Edition has yet to be confirmed by GM. Pricing for the series production model starts at $84,940 including destination and freight charges.