The Cadillac CT6 isn’t a bad car by any means, far from it actually. That said, nothing about it stands out, and buyers are still flocking to BMW and Mercedes-Benz when looking for a full-size luxury sedan. They probably don’t even notice the Cadillac dealership on their way there. The 2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport has a shot at changing that. Its numbers and specs are certainly noticeable.
For starters, it’s powered by a brand new, hand-built twin turbo 4.2-liter V8 engine which was designed from the ground up by Cadillac. This new eight-cylinder monster delivers 550 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque, just as much as a Mercedes-AMG E 63 S and 74 pound-feet more than an M5. How’s that for street cred?
Yes, the CT6 V-Sport has numbers that equal or surpass the fastest sedans coming out of Germany, but Cadillac isn’t changing the personality of the CT6. That may just be how this car manages to finally stand out. It will be fast, but it will also be comfortable and refined just like the current V6-powered CT6 is. Power is sent to all four wheels through an also-new 10-speed automatic transmission. According to Cadillac, the gearbox will be so smooth that you won’t even know it has 10-speeds.
There are standard Brembo brakes and Magnetic Ride dampers on the CT6 V-Sport along with a limited slip rear differential and active rear-steering, but it doesn’t look like it has any of that. It looks like a top-of-the-line CT6, sure, but it doesn’t scream “I’m really fast” like a CTS-V or an ATS-V does. That’s because it won’t be as harsh or mean as those two.
In essence, it will be one of the best sleepers on the road when it hits the market towards the end of the year. A 500-horsepower version of the 4.2-liter twin turbo V8 will also be offered in the CT6 range.