When Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen did his “Ask Me Anything” session on Jalopnik yesterday, he let drop some pretty big news that merits some further discussion: namely, that someday, some CT6 model might be propelled by a twin-turbo V8.
Like the guys at Car and Driver, we anticipate that this would be in a “V”-badged performance variant, and in all likelihood, a V8 recycled from some other GM brand – don’t expect Cadillac to start rolling out a unique engine family anytime soon. Johan de Nysschen’s statement could conjure a twin-turbo LT1… or a much more enticing theory put forth by C&D, it could mean a forced-induction version of a new DOHC V8, like the one they forecast powering the mid-engined Corvette C8.
At any rate, coupled with Mr. de Nysschen’s suggestion that a spiritual successor to the Cadillac XLR performance roadster could arrive in the early 2020s, the talk is all titillating enough to drum up some buzz – and hopefully, turn some of Cadillac’s haters into believers.
Here are Mr. de Nysschen’s exact words: “The lightweight body construction allows us to push the envelope when it comes to powertrain in a way we know that the rest of the industry will follow. This includes a very wide mix of engines, starting with a 2.0-liter turbo, up to, eventually, a high-performance advanced V-8 turbo.”