In January, Cadillac opened the U.S. pre-order books for the 2019 CT6-V. The car sold out within minutes, meaning the 275 allocated examples for the U.S. had buyers. However, just over a month later, Cadillac announced the original 275 were pre-order allocations for customers who wanted to be first. A second installment is coming, though Cadillac won’t say how many it’ll be built. However, those who failed to get one of the first 275 examples will be disappointed to learn the CT6-V’s price is increasing by $4,000, according to CarsDirect.com.
When Cadillac opened the pre-order books, the CT6-V had a starting price of $88,790 including destination. Cadillac has since raised the sticker price to $92,790 without increasing the amount of standard equipment that comes with the car comes. However, customers still get the all-new, hand-built 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 LTA engine called Blackwing rated at 550 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque, which pairs with the GM 10-speed automatic transmission sending power to the wheels via an all-wheel-drive system.
The price increase will likely further upset customers once they learn a detuned version of the engine making 500 hp will be available in the range-topping CT6 Platinum trim with a starting price of $96,790. That’s a lot of cash for an American luxury performance sedan at a time when sedans aren’t in vogue. Then there’s the CTS-V that starts at $87,990 that could entice buyers looking to save a few dollars.
There’s been a lot of speculation surrounding the future of the Cadillac CT6 after General Motors announced it planned to idle the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly where GM builds the sedan. After GM’s announcement, with the death of the CT6 supposedly cemented in the history books, the automaker announced it was working on counting the model by moving production elsewhere months after confirming the car would still be available in China. Now there are rumors GM is developing a second-generation Cadillac CT6 that’ll ride on GM’s modular, rear-wheel-drive VSS-R platform. Maybe we’ll get a second-generation CT6-V and an improved Blackwing engine, too.