New Cadillac CT6 V-Sport Is The V8 Flagship We’ve Been Waiting For

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.

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  • Mr. Crankypants

    Rebadge this with a name…so many to choose from Caddy’s heritage or their recent concepts. In fact why give your concepts cool names and your production vehicles an alpha-numeric mish-mash? Lame!

    • Status

      Because it’s in Cadillac heritage to have an alpha-numeric names as they did right back to the 1900’s.

      • Merc1

        Which no living one knows about.

        M

        • I disagree, I *did* know that.

          • Merc1

            Great, are you a Cadillac buyer?

            M

          • Just a simple Automotiv ehistoruan.

        • Moveon Libtards

          Its funny, when Mercedes and BMW do

          Looks like the Mercedes amd BMW fanboys are getting a little nervous these days. Must be something about those horrible Mercedes and BMW resale values…

        • Status

          Wrong. Living humans do know of the historic examples of Cadillac’s post war names. It’s documented, and can easily be found with a simple Google search or even reading the Wikipedia article about Cadillac.

          The only reason you don’t want to hear it is because it means that named Cadillac’s aren’t as timeless as everyone though, and that the heritage argument for Cadillac’s names doesn’t hold any weight when it shows that Cadillac had a 50 year history of alpha-numeric names long before their first ‘named, car.

          • paulgdeaton

            That is somewhat misleading. Cadillacs once were known by their place in the car’s evolutionary scheme; i.e., “Series 62”, and their bodystyle, such as “sedan” or “convertible”.

            “Series 62 Sedan” makes sense; “CT6” is just an attempt to mimic a pseudo-European-style alpha-numeric nomenclature and plop it on what was once a a proud American marquee. That doesn’t make sense.

          • Status

            It’s not misleading if you read it as Cadillac has always had an ordered hierarchy nomenclature. How that nomenclature is arranged may change, but they always made sense.

            The ‘plopped’ names came from Eldorado, Deville and the like; they were truly disorganized and without any clear distinction of hierarchy. There was no way to tell what car how big or how expensive the car was, and there was no way to know how one car in the range related to another because their naming functioned as a means to make them seem like independent unrelated islands with no commonalities, but under a common flag (badge).

          • Merc1

            If you have to google it then you don’t already know it, duh!!!! You have failed if you have to google it. Thanks for making my point.

            M

          • Status

            Your point was that the only way anyone can learn anything of historic value that it must be first lived by and experience by the person. You never had a point at all, and if you did, it was that nobody must ever learn or or know of anything that happened before they were born, and that if you rely on books or databases to learn of the world before your time, you lose.

            That was your point, and it was so feeble, it was embarrassing.

          • Merc1

            No one knows or cares man. Go to sleep.

            M

        • Stephen G

          You know it if you’re into cars.

          • Merc1

            And if you’re old. No one today cares about that era of Cadillac because of all the junk they made the last 40 years.

            M

          • Stephen G

            Wow!, angry, ignorant and illiterate. You should run for president.

    • Merc1

      Agreed.

      M

  • SteersUright

    Massively improved, but not improved enough. The rear tires look too narrow too for that type of power rating. Design is handsome from most angles but the rear lights are rather terrible. The seats and interior look about on par for a high end Chevy too, not a Cadillac.
    Great engine, much more desirable yet betrayed by completely inappropriately price and poor interior, not much hope for big improvement in sales. Cadillac is fast becoming the king of half-ass. Just look at that sad, sad XT4.

    • krusshall

      What’s the price of this V-Sport?

      • SteersUright

        They were asking near $70k for the last but massive discounts were to be had. Likely will be around the same with this new one I suspect.

    • Merc1

      Youch.

      M

    • Moveon Libtards

      From a guy that hasnt even sat in the Cadillac let alone driven one. Shows the stupid old-man bias Cadillac is working against.

      The tires being “too narrow” according to this guy…Forget it, wont even comment on such a stupid statement.

  • Craig
    • Franky S

      Completely Agree!!

    • Status

      It doesn’t fit the grill, Craig. A trapezoid grill doesn’t compliment a round badge, neither does a round badge compliment a trapezoid grill.

      • Craig

        BS

        • Status

          Well look at it. The present CT6 has a trapezoid badge and it’s framed by a trapezoid grill. It really is that simple and logical.

    • SteersUright

      100%

  • krusshall

    Unless you are talking about vehicles with a frame, stop using the word chassis.

  • SEEMS WERE SEEING THE BIRTH OF A NEW DESIGN TREND. THE PLASTIC GRILLE BELOW THE HEADLIGHT. ALSO SEEN ON THE UPDATED GMC TRUCK AND THE RAV 4 AMONG OTHERS.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fe3753515b9ab52cbc7adccd2b04a8aa6c525c632dbbb09f61aeb3fc4fb6c5df.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/41f09845603a3bc1dea42a07f4101117ffd6ee161dd0e4df6cfd880b7e9c361f.jpg

  • Kate E

    Does this thing even sell?

  • ejd1984

    IMO – Cadillac has had a proper “flagship” since the 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham

    Cadillac is best when they’re Big and Brash https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1387d32dc411e816932ac73c570c29f59290e98c0b3f1189b9223e410b003448.jpg

    • Merc1

      Beyond the smooth ride, that was one of the worst POS that GM ever made.

      M

      • Moveon Libtards

        Mercedes boy seems very butthurt by Cadillac these days. Feeling a little pressure Merc boy?

    • And did not sell anywhere beside US, China or Middle East.

      • Mr_Fanta_Pants

        No Caddy ever has! 😂

  • Merc1

    It’s probably the best full size car Cadillac has built in 40+ years, but it just doesn’t have the presence of a S-Class or 7-Series, it looks half-arsed once you get past the front. The engine is as impressive as the interior is not. I can’t wait to see the press drives/roadtests though.

    M

  • FunctionForm

    I don’t want a CT6 pawned off as something it’s not.

  • Why does the rear ends look weird to me.

    • donald seymour

      It does. It seems forced.

  • Moveon Libtards

    So said the anti-Cadillac troll who is “not interested” in Cadillac but somehow interested enough to click on the Cadillac article link, read it, and then post about it.

    Yup, ok…

  • smartacus

    i’ve postulated it myself as well:
    this engine will also be in the
    C8 mid-engine Corvette
    before making its way
    into the Camaro.

  • Franky S

    Can someone tell me how it makes sense that they specifically exclude Supercruise from the V-sport “because this is a drivers car’? Are you kidding me? S-Class AMG has DrivePilot. For G-d’s sake, Porsche 911s have an adaptive cruise system.

    Who’s running this nuthouse?

  • Vassilis

    Looks too restrained doesn’t it?

    • donald seymour

      Vas, I disagree.

      • Vassilis

        From what I understand it’s an E63 S and M5 competitor. It doesn’t look like one though. It just looks like a normal CT6.

        • donald seymour

          Well, it’s a V Sport which isn’t the official “go fast” moniker. So, it really doesn’t competes with the M or the AMG. That being said imI okay with the looks.

  • paulgdeaton

    So this is the “New Cadillac CT6 V-Sport Is The V8 Flagship We’ve Been Waiting For”? Who has been waiting for it? I don’t know anybody.

    Only the editors here seem to be fascinated with Cadillac; they seem to find something to post every day. In the meantime, the rest of the world has moved on…

  • getoffme

    And the interior is still cheapo.

  • MarkoS

    Caddy needs to get this car right. It has the performance cred down, but it really needs to make a passionate design statement even more than it already has. The interior also needs to be a huge advancement that says more than just fancy GM. I would also add that Color choices both interior and exterior need to be addressed, offering some real depth to the car. Finally I would switch to real names again like Lincoln is doing, Plenty of great old name plates and variations to the names used on the show cars, it seems a waste not to use them.

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