Cadillac has unveiled the 2019 CT6 V-Sport, the first-ever V-Performance version of its top sedan. The new CT6 V-Sport actually coincides with an ongoing makeover of the entire CT6 lineup; said makeover will usher in the design cues first seen on the Escala Concept. With the new CT6 V-Sport, Cadillac is definitely swinging for the fences.
“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.
The CT6 V-Sport is not the car you want to make angry at a stop light. Under the hood is a new 4.2-liter Twin Turbo V8, Cadillac’s first engine of this kind in its history. It’s described as a “clean-sheet design” in a performance-oriented and mass-efficient package. This is best seen in what Cadillac refers to as the “hot V” residing at the center of the engine. The setup is another first for Cadillac.
The configuration transposes the conventional layout of the cylinder heads’ intake and exhaust systems, with the turbochargers mounted at the top of the engine, or “in the valley between the heads.” This, according to Cadillac, cuts turbo lag and reduces the engine’s overall packaging size. There are a lot of things one could say about the CT6 V-Sport but the engine is one of the car’s strongest character traits.
“It is the centerpiece of the new CT6 V-Sport, an engaging sport sedan infused with the DNA of Cadillac’s world-renowned and championship-winning motorsports program,” explained Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. “Cadillac V-Sport is the embodiment of our passion to deliver an exhilarating driving experience without compromises.”
Horsepower is estimated at or around the 550 range, with torque coming in at about 630 lb-ft. A mechanically-controlled limited-slip rear differential increases traction and performance, especially while on the track.
“With its lightweight architecture, an all-new Cadillac Twin Turbo V8, coupled with the tightened suspension and revised AWD torque split, we’ve enhanced the CT6 to be well-balanced and capable in all conditions,” Lie added.
The new engine is matched with a 10-speed automatic transmission (10L90 Hydra-Matic). The 7.39 overall gear ratio spread enhances off-the-line performance but lowers engine speeds on the highway for efficiency. Narrow steps between the gear ratios help create maximum power at nearly any speed.
Ride & Handling
Cadillac didn’t give many details but expect an enhanced variation of GM’s evergreen Magnetic Ride Control. The steering has been “re-mapped” for more dynamic feedback, while an Active Rear Steer feature was added. There is also a list of “track-focused” stability controls, although Cadillac did not elaborate as to what they were. The V-Sport is modified with “specific suspension tuning” for improved roll control and cornering capability. Cadillac again did not elaborate, unfortunately.
19-inch Brembo brakes were developed specifically for the CT6, complete with performance linings and air deflectors that direct air to cool the brakes during aggressive driving.
Connectivity & Technology
V-Sport aside, CT6 buyers can expect a lot (and we mean a lot) of in-vehicle tech. Cadillac’s in-car system reacts similar to a smartphone, so getting onto it should be relatively easy. The system’s central display is a 10-inch diagonal interface and can be updated over time to meet a customer’s connectivity needs, should they change. It leverages the cloud and an available 4G LTE connection to enable a number of personalized infotainment choices like navigation or news. The rear-seat infotainment system even has media inputs through USB, HDMI, or Wi-Fi connections to a phone.
Other tech features for the CT6 include the Rear Camera Mirror which has zoom and tilt functions, and a Surround Vision Recorder that provides 360 degrees of recording when the security system is activated. Naturally, the Cadillac CT6 has a wide range of driver aids like Front Pedestrian Braking, Rear Pedestrian Detection, and Night Vision.
Pricing & Availability
Cadillac has not disclosed either, just that the CT6 V-Sport is coming for the 2019 model year. The vehicle will be built at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Hamtramck, Michigan.
Carl Anthony is Managing Editor of Automoblog and resides in Detroit, Michigan. He studies mechanical engineering at Wayne State University, serves on the Board of Directors for the Ally Jolie Baldwin Foundation, and is a loyal Detroit Lions fan.