2023 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing To Get Super Cruise: Exclusive7
The 2023 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing will offer the Super Cruise driving assistant, GM Authority has learned.
The advanced semi-autonomous driver assist technology is available as part of the Super Cruise 2 package (RPO code WKA), which includes Super Cruise (UKL) and leather-wrapped Super Cruise steering wheel (N30).
It’s worth noting that Super Cruise is only available in conjunction with the optional 10-speed automatic transmission, and is not offered with the standard 6-speed manual transmission. In addition to the Super Cruise 2 package, customers must opt for the Driver Assist Package (Y5Y) as well as the Parking Package (Y6L) in order to obtain the semi-autonomous driver assist feature. Pricing for Super Cruise on the CT5-V Blackwing has yet to be revealed.
Super Cruise is also available on the “regular” Cadillac CT5 models in Premium Luxury or Sport trims, as well as on the CT5-V. The technology is not offered at all on the base Luxury trim. This has been the case for the preceding model year. However, Super Cruise for the CT5 luxury sedan is currently under constraint as a result of the ongoing global microchip shortage. With that in mind, finding a CT5-V Blackwing equipped with Super Cruise might ultimately prove to be quite the challenge, given that finding a Blackwing is the equivalent of looking for a needle in a haystack, while the constraints related to Super Cruise complicate matters further.
Regardless, the addition of Super Cruise to the 2023 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing is particularly interesting, considering that the tech was not offered for the 2022 model year. As GM Authority reported over a year ago, Super Cruise was excluded from the V-Series Blackwing sedans since they’re each designed to be a “driver’s car.” In other words, Cadillac assumed that buyers of the CT4-V Blackwing or CT5-V Blackwing were interested in a thrilling driving experience and didn’t care much for autonomous driving capabilities. Now, though, there seems to have been a shift in the logic behind that decision.
Riding on the GM Alpha 2 platform, the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing harnesses the supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 motor 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. Production for the 2023 model year began on July 18th at the GM Lansing Grand River plant in Michigan.
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I didn’t say it, my salesman said it to me, “Why would you put Supercruise on a race car?” Also, something this article leaves out, if you like the parking package, as I do, (it includes the upgraded inside rear view mirror) you MUST take Supercruise. It’s NOT an option. So I’m wondering, if Supercruise is under constraint “whenever” my 5 Blackwing gets built, does that mean I don’t get the parking package either?
If Supercruise is on constraint when your dealer gets allocation for a CT5-V Blackwing and your order has Supercruise on it, then your order won’t be placed (unless your dealer calls you and explains the situation and you agree to a modification of your order to get the car built.)
GM won’t build a car with “most” of the things you wanted.
When I “rebuilt” my order for 2023 yesterday, I ordered it WITH Carbon Fiber #1 and the Parking package, but then we stated clearly on my order form “Whatever isn’t available when the allocation comes, just take it off” Doesn’t really matter, my local dealer was allocated and delivered ZERO 2022s, so I may never get one anyway.
Not to worry it won’t be available next month which tends to be trend. Announce it available this week then say it’s not available next week.
While I can appreciate the concept of adding super cruise to everything possible given its subscription to use, I’m starting to get physically angry watching these completely pointless announcements. You can’t build em’, so why announce the addition of these features that you can’t actually make available. Completely takes the wind outta it from a marketing perspective I’d think. Save the ‘good news’ for when you can actually produce?
GM isn’t making these announcements. The writers at GM Authority are getting tidbits of information and they report on these tidbits.
GM and GM Authority are two separate entities. So don’t blame GM for what’s being reported by GM Authority.
Speaking just for myself, I don’t place blame here, I just vent. And since I’m venting I had to rebuild my Blackwing from a 22 model to a 23 today. For those of you who want a -5 Blackwing, since the 23’s still aren’t on the website I can tell you mine with the same equipment as before jumped in price about 10 grand! By the way, it was confirmed to me today that since Super Cruise isn’t currently available I can’t have the parking package either…