Cadillac’s new flagship is forbidden fruit outside of the US and Canada.
After enduring delays caused by emissions, Cadillac fans finally had cause for celebration as US customer deliveries for the CT6-V finally started around 18 months after the high-performance luxury model was announced. It's a different story in Europe, however.
While other Cadillac models such as the XT5 crossover, Escalade SUV, and CT6 sedan are sold in Europe, Rene Kreis, Head of Public Relations at Cadillac Europe, confirmed to Cadillac Society that the CT6-V will be forbidden fruit in the European market.
"We currently have no plans to import the CT6-V to Europe," he said. Cadillac has already confirmed the CT6-V won't be sold in China either, which is perhaps surprising considering that China is Cadillac's biggest market. The automaker hasn't confirmed if it will be sold in the Middle East and Mexico, but right now the CT6-V is only available in the US and Canada.
At least the CT6-V should be worth the agonizingly long wait. The high-performance luxury sedan was announced back in March 2018 when it was known as the CT6-V Sport. It was renamed as the CT6-V last September. Initially, production was limited to just 275 units but was later increased. Capitalizing on the model's high demand, Cadillac also increased the price by $4,000, bringing the total to $92,790. Cadillac opened the order books for the CT6-V back in January this year, but emissions compliance issues delayed the high-performance sedan's launch by nearly a year.
Under the hood of Cadillac's flagship is GM's new 4.2-liter twin-turbo Blackwing V8 that produces 550 horsepower and 640 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission. 0-62 mph takes around 3.8 seconds. As standard, the Cadillac CT6-V also comes equipped with magnetic ride control, adjustable suspension damping, a mechanical limited-slip differential, and high-performance Brembo brakes to improve its cornering capability.