Facelifted 2019 Cadillac CT6 Gets New V-Sport With 550hp Twin-Turbo V8

Cadillac has revealed the new 2019 CT6 V-Sport, the first hot version of the range-topping sedan and the company’s first model to feature their all-new twin-turbo 4.2-liter V8.

The new range-topper is also our first look at the facelifted CT6 range, which now adopts the latest version of Cadillac’s design language, as feature on the Escala concept.

Under the bonnet lies Cadillac’s all-new twin-turbo 4.2-liter V8 that produces an estimated 550hp and 627lb-ft (850Nm) of peak torque. Cadillac says that the engine is a clean-sheet design that introduces unique elements, offering a balance between performance and efficiency, along with compact packaging.

The new powerplant adopts a “hot-V” configuration, meaning that the turbochargers are mounted between the heads, eliminating turbo lag and helping into reducing the packaging.

The new 4.2-liter V8 sends its power to all four wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission. Cadillac says that they have revised the torque split of the all-wheel drive system. The chassis also features a mechanical limited-slip rear differential and a V-Sport specific suspension with modified Magnetic Ride Control dampers.

The brake system is from Brembo and was developed specifically for the 2019 CT6 V-Sport, measuring 19 inches in diameter and featuring four-piston calipers.

“The CT6 V-Sport was developed for driving enthusiasts who want the best of both worlds: a high-performance sports sedan and a luxury car with all the comforts and technology that come with it,” said Lyndon Lie, CT6 chief engineer.

“With its lightweight architecture, an all-new Cadillac Twin Turbo V-8 coupled with the tightened suspension and revised AWD torque split, we’ve enhanced the CT6 to be well-balanced and capable of all conditions.”

As for the rest of the facelifted lineup, the update brings a range of new technologies to the big Cadillac. A new infotainment system with a 10-inch 1080p display promises a smartphone-like experience, faster responses and improved voice recognition. The system will be able to update over-the-air and comes with an available 4G LTE connection.

A wide range of driver assistance systems is also present and includes Forward Collision Alert, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward/Reverse Automatic Braking, and Safety Alert Seat. Non V-Sport models will also get Cadillac’s much advertised semi-autonomous Super Cruise system.

Cadillac hasn’t released the full details of the 2019 CT6 V-Sport yet, including the performance figures. The new hot Caddy will probably share all of its secrets at the NY Auto Show next week.

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  • caddy45

    WOW. That engine was much needed in this Caddy. The redesign looks sharp and modern, too. I always think thorough mid-cycle refreshes look a little disjointed, but this looks pretty solid.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      I think they should have stuck with the previous naming convention though. The CTS was starting to establish itself as a real player in the hot sedans segment, ditto ATS but now everybody is confused as to what is what.
      Anyhoo, I want to see this thing in person before I judge.

      • SteersUright

        Agreed, hate the current naming convention. The Germans don’t really have glorious names to fall back on, only Cadillac does. Just don’t bring the names back and then deliver some watered down overpriced crap like Lincoln mostly did with the Continental.

        • Andrewthecarguy

          The Germans do, the names are just really old and were never re-used. BMW Bavaria comes to mind…
          The Continental is actually a solid 5er/E Class/A6 fyter, even if a V8 is missing. The ecoBoost at 400hp is not bad. A hotrod Conti is necessary and I think should have been offered already.

    • Nick099

      I agree.
      The CT6 always needed more HP to play with the big boys and someone finally decided to get serious. No one serious and who can afford it wants to pay for a luxury premium sport sedan with an entry-level mousey motor…that was the Obama era.

      However, the small V-8 with the “Hot V” setup appears to be a recipe for disaster in the long term.
      Cadillac tried this setup once before. It stuck the starter motor between the V of the old “North Star” engine…a Caddy exclusive. Turned out to be a major weak point and replacement was tedious and expensive.

    • Bo Hanan

      Nice car, looks better. If I were on a work trip with colleagues and we needed a roomy car I’d rent one. But I would not put one in my garage.

    • Nordschleife

      I agree 100% I think this and the Mazda 6 are the most resolved updates with the caddy being the best.

  • Merc1

    Now that is how you make this car relevant. WOW, I’m impressed. I even like the updated styling.


  • Jay

    I like what they did with the front. Went a bit too far with the tail lights but its not all that bad. Im still not a fan of the single reverse light, especially mounted low.

  • Leconte Dave

    Cadillac make some great lookings cars

    • Moveon Libtards

      They do. Makes Lexus look so sad.

    • Bash

      No one said that recently, until now!

      • Stigasawuswrecks

        If you saw my CTS-V you’d think differently.

        • Bash

          You didn’t understand what i was referring at, but never mind. CTS-V is indeed a great looking car.

  • Dr Strangefinger

    TT V8! Love it. Keep it coming Cadillac!

  • Karl

    Absolutely smashing Caddy! Nice evolution of the current design language,well done indeed…

    • OdysseyTag

      Completely agree.

  • willhaven

    Great looking Uber Black.

    • Moveon Libtards

      I would suddenly start using Uber if they had this car.

      And with Supercruise feature, it is much better than Uber’s so-called autonomous drive.

  • donald seymour

    I’m going to hold my mule as the old folks used to say until I see the car in its raw metal. Because right now, I’m not feeling the front fascia at all. But sometimes as we all know the photos doesn’t do it justice.

    • Bash


    • Mill0048

      I agree. The Escala concept had a wider lower grille and the hood protruded further out than the lower front lip. The CT6 has an ‘under-bite’ to the lower part of the front end and the hood is pushed back, plus the odd vents under the lights. I’m optimistic it will show better in person.

      • donald seymour

        You definitely read my mind. I’m thinking along the same lines. But the previous iteration didn’t show to well in the pictures but was a stunner in person and had a lot of road presence. I the same can be said for this new iteration.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Upvoted for “hold my mule.”

      • donald seymour

        Laugh out Loud. Old folks saying.

  • botornot387

    This looks so much better than when it was launched. Engine specs sound good. Still wish Cadillac would do something completely different with the taillights, but this vehicle is a huge step in the right direction. Also, I see an iDrive like controller!!!

    • Moveon Libtards

      Rear does look much better.


    • Moveon Libtards

      So said the 13-year-old troll that writes in all CAPS.

    • Bash

      As we all here keep trying to read your comments. 😉

      • Dr Strangefinger

        If they were just in ALL CAPS, I’d be able to read them better.

  • SgtBeavis

    It doesn’t have nearly enough of the Escala in the design. The hood creases are the most prominent call back to the concept. However it is a VERY nice styling update and the huge bump in HP is rather appreciated. I probably wouldn’t buy one, it’s just not enough for me after years of disappointment from Caddy’s tepid designs.

    IMO, Caddy needs a moon shot like the El Miraj. Build THAT and I’m getting in line to buy.

  • Nordschleife

    I cannot lie, that Escala-esque front end looks really good on this car. Now lets make it down to something I can afford and I may take a serious look at Cadillac.

    • CBV2020

      This powerplant has been under development for years. The V8 in the Elmiraj was speaking this very language. It’s been talked about for a while although it wasn’t a popular conversation.

    • Pavo

      The engine architecture is the same as will be put into the mid engine Corvette. The Vette will get more power, but this intro is right on cue.

  • Autoexperte
    • Moveon Libtards

      Old rear end was not bad and better than any Japanese vehicle. But new version much more modern and heading in futre direction.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Old rear end looks date IMO

    • pjl35

      If you want to be mistaken for driving any cadillac from the last decade or longer…sure.

      • Kate E

        That’s the point.

        • pjl35

          for who?

  • Jp

    Really impressed with what they did on the rear, especially these new taillights. Now it gets me wondering if we will get to see these attractive lights on their next productions.

  • Six_Tymes

    I must say, that is pretty damn sharp looking, inside and out. I wish there were more inside images, would like to see more views, dash and etc.

  • TheBelltower

    Looks really good. The engine should make it haul.

    • Moveon Libtards

      Yes, VERY NICE engine.

  • Moveon Libtards

    Almost all VERY positive comments on here. Good job Cadillac. Beats a derivative BMW.

  • pjl35

    That rear end looks SOOOO much better.


    that engine will probably end up in the C8 mid engine Vette and the new mid engine Cadillac

    • willhaven

      I was thinking the same and it would be a great choice. Let’s hope it’s a good power unit and makes a nice sound!

  • NissLover

    This is GOOD!

  • Rich Money

    I see there is no update to the IP, a major weakness of all Caddies. Unfortch.

  • The Truth In Engineering

    Looks good!

  • Carenthusiast

    I love it too! With the No 7 head lights and tail-lights, they could’ve called this CT7 V Sport : ) Neat / sharp facelift and looks unique too.

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    I absolutely love the changes Caddy has done to the CT6. It’s not the Escala, but its improvement from the current car. Hopefully, Caddy can come up with good looking variations of the rear lamps for the rest of their lineup.

  • Elpatore

    I was used to seeing beautiful caddy concepts that had nothing to do with their production lineup but man did they get it right this time, it looks really good with the escala styling. bravo Cadillac.

  • Status

    What Lincoln Continental?

  • Kate E

    It doesn’t even look like a Cadillac anymore…

  • MarketAndChurch

    I like it.

  • Ruel Lewis

    Still waiting for the new Escalade.

  • LJ

    The CT6 looked dated the moment it was released. This refresh definitely helps it out a bit.

  • CBV2020

    We’re in agreement man! Many have a hard time seeing, comprehending and believing what is not shown. There are so many context clues within this matter. Cadillac has all it takes to position itself as a dominant class leader in design, tech, uniqueness and eventually quality across the board.

  • PlonPlon

    A beautiful beast!

  • BlackPegasus

    Why dilute the Escala’s design language by introducing it to existing models? Save the Escala for the ESCALA! 😖

    • Rick Alexander

      I’m pretty sure when the Escala comes to market, Cadillac will give it a slight refresh to differentiate it from its lesser siblings. Creating a family resemblance throughout the brand (ala BMW, Mercedes, Audi) isn’t a bad thing. Just as long as each model has its own identity from a driving and handling perspective, as well as an overall aesthetic perspective.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    I like both the before and the after. I think the facelift works. I like the rear light treatment a lot. It looks different, but yet still premium. good job CADDY

  • Enter Ranting

    OK, it looks better than the last one, but would it kill them to make the grilles in the front bumper, which are a huge focus of the restyle, ACTUAL grilles instead of solid plastic air traps?

  • getoffme

    I don’t know what you all are looking at, but this looks cheap. And where is the interior? All I see (at least for now) is a Chevy gear shift lever. The engine is the only news here.

  • Dan Facciolo

    LOVING Caddy’s new front and back light design. The future looks encouraging!

  • OdysseyTag

    This is truly a polarizing move isn’t it? There’s quite a devide going on here in the comments though it’s mostly positive for the most part.

  • SteersUright

    Its just so close to being a great car, yet so far. Its about time V8’s return to Cadillac sedans though, outside of the crazy supercharged “V” model. I’d like to see more V8’s and more serious powertrains across the board. Junk all of those terrible Cadillac 4cyl & V6 engines until they come out with far better and truly competitive ones.

  • Six Thousand Times

    OK looking car; tasty powerplant.

  • dumblikeyou2

    Everything is good and in proportion right up until the c-pillar and then it falls to crap.

  • CBV2020

    Realistically, if Cadillac left the low-end, mass production “luxury” behind, they’d return to the top end ball game batting with Rolls-Royce nearly overnight. Not to mention Lagonda as well considering they may come after me if I don’t say their name lol.

    Truth is, down at the mass production level, people have to be sold on pop culture, inclusion and all the things that don’t matter in this manner when you have bottomless pockets and desire exclusivity. Many are crying for the Ciel and Elmiraj when they are in fact very capable of being sold as $350k + and $250k + vehicles respectively. Cadillac’s low-end consumer sacrifice hurts their top-end talent and potential. The Ciel made the Phantom drophead look like a used car lot special in the video where they meet at Pebble Beach. Cadillac’s specialty has always been extravagant, jaw-dropping opulence and bold style. They’re rather new to the pedestrian marketplace which is why they’ve struggled in adjusting their vision. This is where the European-esq approach was born-trying to appeal to the mass consumer for higher profits.

    Just imagine an appropiate showroom with today’s iteration of the Sixteen, Cien, Ciel, Elmiraj and their entry level sedan, the $175k base model Escala along with a new brand presentation.

  • I think as this the brand new, Cadillac specific engine for decades is a milestones, although Cadillac still far shy behind the Germans and even Lexus.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Put this in the CTS. That’s all I have to say.

  • Marty

    I think they should go all in with the vertical headlights. That’s a design element that they’ve had a chance to claim as their own.

    But instead they’re making their headlights look more like just any other car.

  • Craig
  • Infinite1

    Cadillac did adopt quite a bit from the Escala. Looks really good and with the new V8 for the V-Sport is a good fit

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