U Spy: What Is This Cadillac Test Car Doing In Australia?

Last time we checked Cadillac didn’t have an official presence down under but it would not be the first time one of its models shows up on Australian roads, even in late prototype form as you see here.

Courtesy of our dear reader Alex, these photos show a Cadillac CT6 test car wrapped in camouflage wrap parked somewhere in Australia. It’s not unusual for GM to test Cadillacs over there, as Holden’s proving ground has been known to participate in development cycles as part of its corporate responsibility.

There have been many reports in the past about Cadillac being ready to enter the right-hand drive market of Australia but apparently nothing came to fruition. Last time we heard, the company did repeat its desire to offer its models to Australia but only after its planned expansion in Europe.

Cadillac revealed the updated CT6 a few months ago, with their range-topping sedan getting design cues from the Escala concept. The new Cadillac CT6 is also the company’s first model to use an all-new twin-turbo 4.2-liter V8 that produces around 550hp and 627lb-ft (850Nm) of peak torque.

Power goes to all four wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission, with the new Cadillac flagship also getting a rear limited-slip differential and model-specific Magnetic Ride Control dampers.

GM recently replaced Cadillac’s CEO Johan de Nysschen with Steve Carlisle, just as the premium car brand announced its plans for a “dramatic expansion and elevation of the product range”.

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  • Knotmyrealname

    Either just testing as part of the development program, or it’s going to be the next Statesman.

    • Squeaky_1

      Yep, with a bit of luck the hot Caddy with the S/C motor will be our next Caprice (not statesman – that was the ‘old man’ version of our Caprice). The styling of this Caddy leaves a lot to be desired compared with our recently departed Aussie Caprice (absolute GREAT styling) but with THAT motor in the Caddy it will be forgiven a lot of styling sins down here I’d say. Cheers from Sydney, AussieLand.

  • Jason Panamera

    They are testing if that car can drive upside down

    • kimbentsen

      ha-ha. You are SO funny.

    • LeStori

      Only because people look at the globe of the world the wrong way. In reality Melbourne is on top of the world.

      • Jason Panamera

        Only if Earth is flat.

  • LeStori

    The host of Cadillacs being spotted in and around Melbourne are actually here as part of GM’s “global workshare program”. They are using Holden’s recently upgraded emissions lab and proving ground for engineering and powertrain testing.

  • comment_bot.exe

    Been seeing them around Melbourne for well over a year now. Nothing new…

  • Anthony

    If you know anything about GM YOU would know that Holdens Lang Lang proving ground is a GM centre of excellence for transmission calibration and ride and handling. That’s why these vehicles are in Australia.

  • Bo Hanan


  • Yeah that’s what I think, Australia harsh environment is used often to test vehicle reliability, bar the Death Valley.

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