Cadillac has revealed the new CT6 V-Sport for the first time in front of the public at the New York Auto Show.
The new 2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport isn’t just the new flagship of the CT6 family, but it’s also the first model to adopt the all-new twin-turbo V8 engine.
Cadillac says the powerplant is a clean-sheet design, with the twin-scroll turbochargers nestled inside the vee of the engine for less turbo lag and more compact packaging. The new 4.2-liter V8 produces an estimated 550hp and 627lb-ft (850Nm) of peak torque.
The company also said that a 500hp version of the same engine will also be offered with the non V-Sport CT6. The new twin-turbo V8 is currently exclusive to Cadillac, but chances are that it will appear on other future GM models in the next few years too. The engine’s compact packaging, along with older rumors, makes it a strong candidate for the upcoming mid-engine Corvette C8.
The new V8 is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and sends its power to all four wheels. The chassis of the new CT6 V-Sport also features a mechanical limited-slip rear differential and a specially tuned Magnetic Ride Control suspension.
“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,” said Lyndon Lie, CT6 chief engineer.
Other highlights include a new infotainment system, with Cadillac saying that it’s the most advanced interface they’ve ever offered. The system uses a 10-inch 1080p display and promises an intuitive operation, better voice recognition and snappy responses. It’ll also be able to receive over-the-air updates.
Cadillac hasn’t released yet any performance data for the new CT6 V-Sport.