General Motors brass have made it loud and clear the 2016 Cadillac CT6 is not the flagship vehicle for the brand. Instead, it’s part of Cadillac continued renaissance and gives the brand a fighting chance to hone in on the likes of BMW 7-Series and Audi A8. If you think this car will actually be competing with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, think again.
Cadillac knows it needs an icon, a new style symbol. Something worthy enough to garner MSRPs towards the six-figure mark, and the Cadillac CT8 will take that mission on.
Automobile has served up a potential rendering for what we may be seeing when the car arrives in four years or so. Unlike the 2016 CT6, the styling is much more direct, with a stance of importance. It shows its presence in a way the 2016 CT6 doesn’t. Swagger, that’s the word the kids use these days, isn’t it?
The Cadillac CT8 will most certainly ride on General Motors news Omega platform, shaving hundreds of pounds and possibly giving it an upper hand on its luxury rivals. But, rather than focusing on driving dynamics, expect a real effort to be thrown at comfort. Surely driving dynamics will be there, but if Cadillac wants to seriously sway an S-Class buyer, it has to ride like a dream.
We all wish the Cadillac CT8 was reality now, but Cadillac will take its time with this car. There is no room for error when executing a flagship vehicle, and Cadillac needs to ensure the best engineering, greatest technology plus some. If the 2016 CT6 is any indication, they’re on the right track.