After almost ten years since the Cadillac Fleetwood was cut from the assembly line, the American premium carmaker introduced a proper successor for it: the CT6.
While the Fleetwood was addressed mainly to the classic American businessmen, the CT6 looked like it aimed at Wall Street's young guns. To make the car even more attractive, GM decided to introduce a performance version, named CT6 V-Sport. And it wasn't just a badge on the trunk and some bigger wheels. It was a 550 hp beast that could tear up the tarmac and still look good in front of the Opera.
There was a new design language for the American premium brand, and with its sharp lines and LED strips at the front. It made a good impression. Its large mesh-grille was utterly black, apart from the Cadillac badge installed on top-middle. On the sides, the long Caddy stood on 20" V-Sport wheels shod with summer tires. An aerodynamic package emphasized the sporty look of the vehicle.
Inside, there was still a luxurious vehicle despite its front bucket seats and the 2-seat profiled bench in the rear. Since it was introduced in 2018, it featured new technologies such as 4G-LTE connectivity for the infotainment system and a 10" screen on the center stack.
The biggest change for Cadillac was underneath the surface. Under the hood, GM installed a completely new 4.2-liter V8 engine, packed with technology. The direct fuel injection, no push-rod distribution, and, on top of that, a hot-V8 twin-turbo configuration. It featured a pair of twin-scroll turbochargers between the cylinder banks to lower the turbo-lag. The result was a 550 hp monster. It was paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Last but not least, Cadillac CT6 V Sport was all-wheel-drive with different settings according to the drive mode.
The 2016 Cadillac CT6 was unveiled at the 2015 New York Auto Show and its predecessor was the already forgotten Fleetwood, which was dropped from the production line in 1996.
The CT6 didn't come to replace the XTS, which was based on a front-wheel-drive platform. It came on the Omega platform, which was developed especially for the CT6, the new flagship of the GM armada. The CT6 marked the return of the American luxury car-maker into the full-size luxury car segment. Its competitors were the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series, and Audi A8.
The three horizontal chromed lines and the pentagonal shape might have been considered similar to the one found on the Mercedes-Benz cars. That shape, though, was the same as on the Cadillac's badge so it shouldn't be considered otherwise. The angular, edgy, shape of the big American luxury car was amplified by the shape of the headlights and the LED daytime running lights.
The interior featured better materials and more attention to details than in the CT5 and other Cadillac products. The infotainment unit was nicely integrated into the dashboard and it could have been accessed via the touch screen monitor or a touch-pad on the center console, between the front seats.
Under the hood, Cadillac dared to install a four-pot engine, which might have been considered too small for the size of the car. But with the help of the turbo technology, the engine was good for the car. The top of the range was a twin-turbo 3.0-liter unit that offered over 400 hp. While it wasn't as powerful as the top versions of the S-Class or 7-Series, it sure offered enough grunt. It was offered with rear or all-wheel-drive and the 8-speed automatic was fitted as standard.