On March 31st, 2015, in the evening before the opening of the New York Auto Show press days, Cadillac unveiled its long awaited flagship.
In many ways it turned out to be what we expected…in others, not as much.
As expected, the new flagship is direct competition with the German big sedans. However, that’s far from the end of the story.
Based on GM’s new Omega rear-drive platform, the CT6 is significantly larger than its smaller siblings. It is within fractions of the size of the short wheelbase Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7-Series. However, in keeping with Cadillac’s recent track record of being more dynamically focused than the competition, the CT6 ends up lighter than the mid-sized competitors (yes, that means the big Caddy is lighter than an E-Class or 5-Series).
We knew Cadillac was going to build a technology demonstrator in the CT6 – but surprises came in the form of standard AWD (with the 6-cylinder powertrains), a touch-pad enhancement to CUE to allow handwriting recognition input, all-wheel steering that gives the big car a turning radius that beats the new CTS, and the powertrain surprise wasn’t the expected plug-in hybrid but a base engine in the form of a turbo 4. Yes, the Cadillac flagship has nary a V-8 to be found with the top engine (for now) being a 3.0l turbo V-6 with 400hp.
Staking a unique position (geez, what’s happened to you BMW?) the CT6 is a driver’s car with its emphasis being squarely on driving dynamics. Continue Reading →