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The Global Semiconductor Shortage Has Now Claimed GM’s Main Muscle Car

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General Motors is forced to idle the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant due to continued supply issues stemming from a global semiconductor shortage that affecting multiple automakers. The LGR Assembly plant currently produces the Chevrolet Camaro, Cadillac CT4 and Cadillac CT5, as well as all variants and trim levels such as the fearsome ZL1 and V-Series models.

It’s currently unclear if the semiconductor shortage will affect the launch of the 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing or 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing performance sedans. Both vehicles were revealed during the IMSA 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race that took place at the end of January 2021.

The Chevrolet Camaro was recently given notable praise from JD Power, but the muscle car really could go without any further adversity. Sales of the Camaro continue to be at generational lows, while the entire segment is dealing with a downturn as a whole.

2022 Cadillac CT4-V CT5-V Blackwing
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According to a report from Automotive News, the Chevrolet Camaro plant will be down from Monday until at least the end of the month. Further clarification is slim at this time. The Lansing Grand River Assembly plant employs roughly 1,400 people.

GM spokesman Dan Flores told the outlet that the GM will “continue to work closely” with its semiconductor supply base to “find solutions” and to “mitigate impact on GM.”

The 2021 Chevrolet Camaro is largely carryover from the 2020 model year. One of the distinctive updates to the Camaro family is that buyers will have the choice to spec their 2021 Chevrolet Camaro Shock and Steel Edition muscle car in either black or white, as well either Shock or Satin Steel colors. There’s also the cosmetic Wild Cherry Design Package.

2021 Chevrolet Camaro Shock and Steel Edition Colors
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Another exciting LGR product is the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, which is the most powerful car so far ever offered by the brand, thanks to its upgraded 6.2L supercharged LT4 V8 engine producing a ridiculous 668 horsepower and 659 lb-ft of torque. This allows the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing to go from 0-60 mph in just a mere 3.7 seconds, before powering on to a top speed of over 200 mph. Meanwhile, the 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing comes with  a twin-turbocharged 3.6L V6 engine, just like the outgoing ATS-V, but itnow produces 472 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 mph is in 3.8 seconds, while a top speed is at 189 mph.

Even more exciting than the performance figures is the fact that both Blackwing sedans come as standard with a 6-speed manual gearbox. For those among us obsessed with chasing lap times, GM will also offer both cars with a track-tested 10-speed automatic gearbox. Reservations for both Cadillacs are fully booked.

2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing Track
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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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