The 2016 Cadillac CT6 boasts countless exciting new features and technologies, but one of our favorites, and the one that we least expected, is its available rear-wheel steering system. The system shortens the CT6’s turning radius, making the full-size four-door easier to maneuver in tight spaces and city driving scenarios.
The four-wheel steering system, referred to by Cadillac as the ‘Active Chassis System’, gives the CT6 a very tight turning radius of 37 feet. For comparison’s sake, the standard length BMW 7-Series has an approximate radius of 40 feet, and the Audi A8’s is even wider than that. The CT6’s turning radius is on par with that of the mid-size CTS, which has a 114.6-inch wheelbase compared to the CT6’s 122.4-inch wheelbase.
Cadillac’s rear-wheel steering system doesn’t just make the car easier to drive in low speed scenarios, it also increase agility at higher speeds. The rear wheels will turn in unison with the fronts rather than in the opposite direction like they do at low speeds, helping it change direction that much better. According to Cadillac, the result is a full-size car that handles like a mid-size sports sedan. Sounds enticing, right?
It’s not yet known how much the optional Active Chasiss System will tack onto the CT6’s price, however we have a feeling many customers will be ticking that box on their options list.