Having launched the CT6 full-size prestige-sport-luxury sedan for the 2016 model year, it is possible that Cadillac will launch a high-performance variant dubbed CT6-V.
Following is speculative and unconfirmed information about the Cadillac CT6-V. This page is a continuous work-in-progress and will be updated on a regular basis as we await official details from General Motors and Cadillac.
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Following are possibilities of what a supposed Cadillac CT6-V would offer:
- More power, more handling prowess, and more overall performance than the non-V CT6
- In typical Cadillac V Series fashion, a high-power, force-inducted V8 engine mated to either an 8- or 10-speed automatic transmission sending power to the rear wheels
- More aggressive body work with wider front fenders for improved high-speed aerodynamics and downforce
- Upgraded, ultra high-performance suspension system, including a more performance-focused version of the Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) system, upgraded brakes, and larger wheels with very sticky, high-performance summer-only tires
- More performance-oriented interior, adding more performance-oriented controls and sporty feel for the vehicle’s capability while maintaining the luxury amenities of the CT6
- 2018 calendar year debut as a 2018 or 2019 model year vehicle
It’s possible that the Cadillac CT6-V will be powered by GM’s supercharged 6.2-liter V8 LT4 engine. The powerplant makes 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque in the 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06. The engine could be mated to GM’s 8-speed 8L90 automatic transmission or a new, as-of-yet unannounced 10-speed automatic transmission sending power to the rear wheels.
However, it’s also possible that the CT6-V will be powered by an all-new, Cadillac-exclusive V8 engine with a form of forced induction, such as turbo or supercharging. The as-of-yet unannounced motor could have a dual Over Head Cam (DOHC) configuration and make roughly 600 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque.
The CT6-V would compete with AMG variants of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, including the S63 AMG and S65 AMG.
In addition, BMW has been rumored to be working on a M variant of the 7 Series. If this vehicle comes to fruition as the BMW M7, it would also serve as direct competition to the CT6-V.
Audi’s full-size A8/S8 does not have an RS ultra-high-performance variant.