A sporty top version was previously reserved for the CTS and XTS models. Now it is clear: the luxury sedan CT6 becomes a V8 racing car in the 2019 model year as V-Sport. The C adillac CT6-V will go on sale in mid-2019 and will cost at least $ 88,790 (currently around 77,400 euros). The GM luxury brand is now accepting pre-orders, but the car for the US market is initially limited to 275 copies. Unfortunately, it doesn't even come to Europe. The reason: CT6 production will soon be discontinued and the factory will be closed. The end of the series is foreseeable, which is why an export to Europe would be too costly and would probably not pay off.
The standard CT6 received the style of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the course of the facelift shown study Escala. These include the filigree grille with a vertical bend and narrower headlight units. The lamps that can be seen in the concept car are not quite as narrow in the production version. The upright LED light strip describes an elegant curve under the headlights, but does not extend inwards at the lower end as in the Escala Concept.
The new CT6 receives an optics update
In addition, the facelift version of the Cadillac CT6 the aprons and sills revised. There are hardly any interventions in the sheet metal. It remains in the familiar sedan shape with strongly flared rear wheel arches and the exterior mirrors enthroned on the door sill. The upper bead still visually connects the door handles. In the rear view, narrow upright lights will also appear during the facelift. However, they are even narrower than before. Overall, the CT6 appears in a classic limousine shape with a straightforward and elegant design language.
For entertainment on board, the new Cadillac CT6 has a revised version of the CUE infotainment system with an improved menu structure , ten-inch size and smartphone integration via Apple Car Play and Android Auto. There will also be a personalized driver profile with numerous personal preferences in a cloud. The luxury liner also has the “Super Cruise” self-propelled system on board. This should be more than just a traffic jam assistant, but rather an autonomous driving system with, among other things, attention recognition. The navigation in the new CT6 is optionally cloud-based. Cadillac wants to use it to send traffic reports to drivers in real time, thereby avoiding traffic jams and dangerous areas.
The 4.2-liter V8 in the CT6
In terms of drives, the top model CT6-V benefits from the new twin-turbo V8 with 4.2 Liters of displacement and 550 hp. The engine is a “hot V” that presses a maximum torque of 850 Newton meters onto the asphalt. The new machine is coupled to a 10-speed automatic. The V-Sport model also receives a mechanical limited-slip differential on the rear axle, a revised chassis configuration, modified steering, a Brembo brake system and a track mode.
Cadillac has had the CT6 since 2016on offer and initially positioned it in the USA and Russia against the Mercedes S-Class, the BMW 7 Series or the Audi A8. The Cadillac CT6 has also been available in Germany since autumn 2016 and is in the price list from 73,500 euros. In the high-end 'Platinum' version, it even costs from 94,600 euros. The sedan, which is only available with all-wheel drive, has so far been powered by a 3.0-liter V6 twin turbo with 417 hp. But the same applies here: the end of the series is looming on the horizon. The standard CT6 in America and Europe will end on June 1, 2019. The model, which is quite successful there, is only still being built and offered in China.