Cadillac Proves Performance Sedans Aren’t Dead as the 2019 CT6-V Sells Out in a Few Hours
Perhaps the sedan’s 550-horsepower V-8 engine had something to do with itby Kirby, on
Sedans may not be as hot as they once were, but don’t tell that to the Cadillac CT6-V. The high-performance variant of the upscale CT6 sedan sold out within hours of opening the books for preorders, proving that, at least in some cases, the demise of sedans isn’t as bad as we think it is. Cadillac opened preorders for the CT6-V on the morning of January 14. By 2:30 P.M., all 275 units that were earmarked for the U.S. market were scooped up, leaving those who didn’t act quickly enough empty-handed. The Cadillac CT6-V is expected to arrive sometime in the middle of the year at a price that starts at $89,785. Not that it matters because if you didn’t get one, it’s highly unlikely that Cadillac is going to launch a second wave of models anytime soon.
It seems that the demise of the Cadillac CT6 has been greatly exaggerated. It’s understandable given that the car’s production facility in Detroit is expected to close soon, but the model itself, which received a midlife cycle for the 2019 model, will continue to live on. This is important for Cadillac because as much attention as it’s paying in expanding its crossover and SUV lineup, sedans are still the backbone of Cadillac.
It probably comes as little surprise, too, that the high-performance CT6-V sold out as fast as it did.
Sure, part of it is due to the limited availability — the U.S. market gets an allocation of 275 units — of the high-performance sedan.
Part of it, though, is the model itself. The Cadillac CT6-V is a beast. The headlines will say it packs 550 horsepower, but what should be noted is that all that power comes from a Cadillac exclusive 4.2-liter twin-turbo Blackwing V-8 engine that also produces a whopping 627 pound-feet of torque.
The all-aluminum engine uses what Cadillac calls a hot V design that involves exhaust manifolds placed in the valley between the two cylinder banks. This is a different configuration from the traditional setup where the manifolds exit on the side of the cylinders. The engine also boasts twin-scroll turbochargers that are integrated into the manifolds at the top of the engine, creating a compact engine that, at least according to Cadillac, has less turbo lag.
The automaker also claims that, at full speed, the turbochargers can add up to 20 pounds of boost, which should make driving the CT6-V an out-of-body experience in it of itself.
It’s worth mentioning, too, that the CT6-V’s engine is exclusive to the model, at least for now. Rumors have surfaced that the same engine could also make its way to the new mid-engine Corvette. Granted, these are only whispers at the moment, but if the Blackwing’s packaging helps the Corvette supercar attain the kind of performance capability it needs to establish itself as a legitimate supercar, don’t be surprised if Chevrolet ends up using it.
The Blackwing V-8 engine is the CT6-V’s biggest trump card. There’s no question about that. The CT6-V boasts a handful of other upgrades from the standard CT6. It comes with a trick limited-slip differential that helps provide the proper amount of jolt into the sedan’s all-wheel-drive system. Cadillac also made tweaks to the CT6-V’s magnetic ride control suspension. Upgraded Brembo brakes are also part of the package for reasons that are clear. If you’re packing that much heat under the Caddy’s hood, you’re going to need bigger brakes to corral that stallion.
Provided that no delays happen to the CT6-V's production, the lucky 275 owners should expect their new ride sometime next spring.
It’s an admittedly long wait for a car that sold out faster than a regular 9-5 shift, but that’s the nature of highly anticipated models like this. If you want one bad enough, you’re going to have to wait to get your juices satisfied.
2019 Cadillac CT6-V Specifications
|Body style / driveline:||AWD, 5-passenger large high-performance sedan|
|Manufacturing location:||Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, Hamtramck, Mich.|
|Engines:||4.2L V-8 twin-turbo DOHC DI – 550 hp / 410 kW (est.)|
|Transmissions:||10L90 Hydra-Matic 10-Speed Electronically controlled automatic transmission (4.2L twin-turbo)|
|Brakes:||19-inch Brembo brake system developed specifically for the CT6 high-performance application.|
|Wheelbase (in / mm):||122.4 / 3106|
|Length (in / mm):||204 / 5182|
|Width (in / mm):||74 / 1879|
|Height (in / mm):||58 / 1472|
Read our full review on the 2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport.
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Source: Motor Trend