In the era of smaller engines and growing tiny turbos, Cadillac had a serious task in front of them. Make the world’s population once again turn to American Luxury Muscle. Since 2004, Cadillac has done just that, with the CTS-V, a great high performance sports car with aggressive looks that has been ranked near the top of its segment for over a decade. However, in 2019, Cadillac decided to pull the plug on it in order to refresh their vehicle lineup for the foreseeable future. Along to the grave, went the the smaller ATS-V, another great vehicle who’s had its funding slashed.
What’re We Working With?
The 2019 CTS-V had a piping hot supercharged 6.2L V8 churning out a whopping 640 horsepower that was pulled straight from the C7 Corvette, a heavy hitting, low revving pushrod engine with a large block platform. This however, means the successor has some huge shoes to fill. The CT6-V comes with a twin turbo V8, a vast disparity from the past, rated at 550 horsepower coming from a GM small block with around 640 pound-feet of torque from the crank. This, paired with an automatic 10-speed automatic just doesn’t make much sense to anyone. The pushrod engine, as expected revs lower than most, with the redline at 6,000 rpms, and the CT6-V spends most of its time shifting on quick pulls rather than going through them methodically, making it, erm… may I say, a pain to drive. It’s annoying, it’s a departure of the V performance lineup of the past. It’s not astoundingly quick, a 0-60 time of 3.8 seconds and a 12.2 1/4 mile time my say otherwise, but the low gears don’t provide a lot of torque, and you have to wait for the dual turbos to spool before any sort of boost becomes evident. It’s no longer a muscle car in our opinion, it seems like Cadillac threw it together with newspaper and superglue and said, “here’s an extension of one of the most high performing brands of all time.”
The Outside Looks Lackluster
The exterior styling of the CT6 is nothing to write home about, it looks eerily similar to the CTS-V, as if Cadillac was trying to play us a facade and try and maintain their audience. It’s almost as if they went only 50% in on the entire refresh idea and wanted to keep the exterior as similar as possible. However, menacing running lights, paired with the new Blackwing Package’s aero features make for an aggressive look. Quad exhaust pipes in the rear and Brembo brakes keep up the villain appearance and push the car into AMG and M-series territory. Tires are also heavily a huge plus, with sticky Pirellis gripping the V to the ground.
How’s The Inside?
Cadillac, first and foremost, has always been America’s luxury brand. The CT6-V tries to emulate that in a sports car form, and it comes close, but it’s not quite there. Cheap materials litter the inside, with plastic on the dash, infotainment screen and the steering wheel. Vinyl, something my 2019 Kia Optima had, sticks out on the doors and various trim. The CT6-V seats 5, and has plenty of room in the back, as well as adequate cargo space. As expected, it comes with high end features, that are expected on all Cadillacs, and doesn’t lack in the features department. The infotainment system, Cadillac’s CUE, is intuitive and relatively easy to use.
The CT6-V seems thrown together, as a filler product as the CT6’s future is up in the smoke as of now. As Cadillac refreshes its product lineup, sedans seem to be getting the cut, while crossovers and SUV’s seem to take the helm. The car never seems quick and always stuck between gears in a rut. The reported top speed from Cadillac is a measly 149 MPH, a sharp contrast from the outgoing CTS-V’s 200 MPH. The CT6-V seems like a poser, and something that was rushed, overall, it’s not very impressive, especially when you start to take into account the nearly $92,000 starting price tag.