2016 Cadillac CT6
Even though Cadillac’s large XTS sedan will be around for a while longer, GM’s luxury brand is launching a new vision flagship, the CT6. And beyond a new naming scheme, and bold new styling, this big luxo four door makes a major switch from front to rear-wheel drive architecture, more in line with the rival German brands they’ve been chasing for so long.
While its size places it in the same ball park as the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the new chassis is actually lighter than the smaller Cadillac CTS, using more aluminum to offset a rise in footprint. So it’s also much lighter than the Germans. And where, say, a 7 Series or S-Class has a hunkered down, planted, and silky smooth solid feel, the CT6 sacrifices that for a more dynamic and spirited ride character. So, while not quite as comfortable, it’s more entertaining to drive.
Engines range, from a 265 horsepower 2.0 liter turbo 4 and a 335 horsepower 3.6 liter V6, to a 404 horsepower 3.0 liter twin-turbo V6. All come mated to an 8 speed automatic.
Our top of the line V6-turbo, with all-wheel drive, gave an exhilarated push off the line; and through the cones, aided by Magnetic Ride Control, it performed like a car half its size.
Still, even with its slant of performance over posh, the CT6 is every bit a flagship. Material quality is top notch, and technology truly is next level: a giant center stack screen, a slick shifter and central controller, and of course, the all-digital rear view camera display. So the CT6 can teach even the Germans a thing or two.
On sale now, the 2016 Cadillac CT6 starts at about $56,000, with our tester topping out just under 90-grand.
Engine: 2.0 liter / 3.6 liter / 3.0 liter
Horsepower: 265 / 335 / 404
Price: Starts at about $56,000