When news broke that the forthcoming Cadillac CT6 V-Sport would, in fact, actually be made into a proper V-series car, that info came from secondhand accounts of a North American dealers’ meeting. GM’s Cadillac brand itself had yet to make any sort of official reference to the name change, technically making the news not-100%-confirmed.
But Cadillac has now officially confirmed the name change in its own way, Cadillac Society reports, placing a photo of the CT6 V-Sport-turned-proper-V on the Cadillac.com homepage with the words: “The first-ever CT6-V. From its striking design to its groundbreaking powertrain, the CT6-V is as powerful as it is exhilarating.”
Strangely, this change on the official Cadillac website precedes any sort of official press release or public re-introduction of the model under its new moniker; as we said, the only prior indication of the change came from the brand’s most recent North American dealers’ meeting. Then again, as commenter Chris P. noted on this very site: “Ever heard of BMW taking an M Sport car and making it an M? No, me neither.” The whole renaming affair is a bit strange.
And naturally, there are concerns as to whether the Cadillac CT6-V will live up to the high performance standards established by models like the outgoing Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V. The CT6 is a larger, heavier car than the midsize CTS, yet the “hot-vee” 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 LTA that will power the Cadillac CT6-V – named “Blackwing” – is projected to make must 550 horsepower. That’s a full 90 horsepower less than the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 LT4 that motivates the CTS-V.
Meanwhile, the Cadillac CT6 V-Sport was announced with the sort of summer performance tires, Brembo monoblock brake calipers, tuned magneto dampers, and limited-slip differential we’d expect from a performance-focused car, but these items were all selected and tuned with the “V-Sport” label in-mind. We wouldn’t go so far as to call any prior Cadillac V-Sport model “slow” or “soft”, but the V-series always necessarily been a bit “extra”.
For the latest Cadillac CT6-V news, keep it tuned to GMAuthority.com.