Cadillac will once again offer its own exclusive engine when the 4.2-liter DOHC twin-turbo V8 engine begins production for the 2019 CT6 sedan. Matching its exclusivity will be the small team of employees tasked with building the powerplant.
Popular Mechanics reported Tuesday that a team of six workers will be assigned to build the 4.2-liter LTA V8 engine. However, only one worker will assemble one engine by hand at a time. Production will take place at the Bowling Green, Kentucky, assembly plant where other workers assemble General Motors’ small-block V8 engines used for the C7 Corvette.
Jordan Lee, chief engineer for the 4.2-liter V8, told the publication that the new engine won’t be raucous like drivers may remember with small-block V8-powered Cadillacs such as the CTS-V. Instead, the new engine is meant to compliment the CT6’s extra weight with a silky response and less drama.
“The engine is biased toward torque versus peak power,” he said.
That doesn’t mean it will be a slouch, though. In its regular output, the engine makes 500 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. Stepping up the 2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport will see the engine produce 550 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque.