The Cadillac CT6-V has been an elusive beast. The high-performance luxury sedan was first announced in March 2018 as the CT6 V-Sport. GM changed the name to CT6-V that following September and began accepting orders in January 2019. All 275 initial orders sold out very quickly, prompting GM to open a subsequent (but unspecified) set of orders at a $4,000 premium, which also sold out. All was well and good, albeit with one major exception: as of July 2019, no units of the Cadillac CT6-V had actually made it to dealers or into the hands of eagerly-awaiting customers, with the delay being caused by emissions-related issues. Luckily, those delays have since been worked out, dealers have started to receive the very first shipments of the CT6-V, and – in turn – deliveries of the luxurious four-door rocket have commenced.
As of writing, a few GM Authority readers have taken delivery of their ordered 2019 Cadillac CT6-Vs. Meanwhile, other dealers and customers are still showing that their CT6-V models are “in transit.”
At this point, what we do know is that all 2019 CT6-V have been built, but it’s unclear whether all models have already been dispatched to dealers. In fact, it’s possible that some units are still awaiting shipment at the GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant as a result of the ongoing UAW strike. But with the very first units of the large super sedan finally in customers’ hands, the rest of the 2019 model year units shouldn’t be far behind, strike-related events permitting.
In all, it took the Cadillac CT6-V roughly 18 months from the time of the announcement in March 2018 to being reaching showrooms in September 2019.
For reference, the Cadillac CT6-V is powered by the all-new 4.2L twin-turbo V8 DOHC LTA engine, otherwise known as Blackwing. Specific to Cadillac, the twin-boosted V8 is rated at 550 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque, which is 13 pound-feet more than Cadillac originally estimated. Al that power is relayed to all four wheels via a new GM 10-speed automatic transmission matched with a mechanical limited-slip differential that increases traction at the limit and provides more predictable performance during spirited and track driving.
A specially-calibrated V-Series Magnetic Ride Control suspension system delivers improved roll control and cornering capability. A re-mapped steering system results in sportier, more dynamic steering response and feedback. Developed specifically for the CT6-V, a new 19-inch Brembo brake system with Brembo monoblock, fixed-opposed, four-piston calipers hooks up to performance linings and air deflectors that direct air to cool the brakes. The ensemble rides on new and unique 20-inch V-Series wheels with a five-by-four split-spoke pattern in the Ultra Bright with Midnight Silver finish. The massive rollers are wrapped in summer-only performed tires developed exclusively for Cadillac V-Series. The new rubber delivers crisp response and track-capable performance while retaining isolation and comfort.
A performance exhaust system with active valves offers reduced back pressure and improved sound character for a performance-oriented exhaust note. Track-tuned Active Rear Steer, a revised AWD torque split and unique track-focused stability controls round out the mechanical package.
Outside, the Cadillac CT6-V features a bold, dark front end with a large V-inspired mesh grille and horizontal LED headlamps with strong vertical signatures, making it distinctly Cadillac. Lower aero components and gloss black side window surround trim (DLO) highlight the performance sport sedan’s chiseled exterior with a dark and distinguished look. A set of lower aero components and spoiler further express the sedan’s performance capabilities.
As of this writing, GM has only confirmed the United States to be the only market where the Cadillac CT6-V will be sold. Chinese availability is out of the question, but GM has yet to officially rule out selling the vehicle in the other markets where Cadillac does first-party business, including Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Europe, Russia, and the Middle East.
This report brought to you in collaboration with our colleagues at the Cadillac Society.