Surprise! Cadillac CT6 V-Sport Revealed With 550-HP V8

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Say hello to the first ever Cadillac CT6 V-Sport.

Cadillac recently hinted it wants to expand its current range of high-performance V-Series models. Staying true to its promise, the automaker has just revealed the range-topping CT6 sedan is getting the V-Performance treatment for the first time in the model’s history. Cadillac also announced the entire CT6 lineup is getting an overhaul incorporating styling cues inspired by the stunning Escala Concept.

The first in a series of new Cadillac performance cars, the new CT6 V-Sport boasts an all-new 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produces an estimated 550 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque. Cadillac says the engine is a clean-sheet design with unique elements offering a balance between performance, efficiency, and compact packaging. At the heart of Cadillac’s new twin-turbo V8 is a “hot V” configuration, whereby the turbochargers are mounted between the heads to eliminate turbo lag and reduce the engine’s overall size. Power is sent through a 10-speed automatic transmission.

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Optimized gear ratios enhance performance and helps reduce engine speed on the highway for refinement and efficiency. “With the introduction of the all-new CT6 V-Sport, Cadillac begins a new chapter in its performance legacy with the introduction of the brand’s first-ever twin-turbo V8 engine,” Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. “It is the centerpiece of the new CT6 V-Sport, an engaging sport sedan infused with DNA of Cadillac’s world-renowned and championship-winning motorsports program.” Distinguishing the first-ever Cadillac CT6 V-Sport is a bold, dark front with a large V-inspired mesh grille, new horizontal LED headlamps and a rear spoiler.

Other exterior changes include lower aero components, unique 20-inch V-Sport wheels with summer performance tires, and Gloss Black side window surround trim. Complementing the aggressive look is an exhaust system with active valves that reduce back pressure to deliver a more ear-shattering note. Cadillac hasn’t revealed any 0-60 mph times, but it’s clear the CT6 has been optimized for performance. Engineers have modified the steering and Magnetic Ride Control damper calibrations, installed a limited-slip differential, and a new 19-inch Brembo brake system developed specifically for the CT6 with four piston calipers in front and performance pads.

There’s also a dedicated Track mode, which revises the AWD torque split and track-tuned Active Rear Steer, among other modifications.“ The CT6 V-Sport was developed for driving enthusiasts who want the best of both worlds: a high-performance sports sedan and a luxury car with all the comforts and technology that come with it,” said Lyndon Lie, CT6 chief engineer. “With its lightweight architecture, an all-new Cadillac Twin Turbo V-8 coupled with the tightened suspension and revised AWD torque split, we’ve enhanced the CT6 to be well-balanced and capable of all conditions.”

Expect to learn more about the new Cadillac CT6 V-Sport when it debuts at the New York Auto Show next week alongside the 2019 XT4. In addition, the 2019 CT6 lineup has been refreshed with a facelift and a raft of new tech. New horizontal elements give the front end a more aggressive appearance, and there’s also a new rear lighting graphic, which is only visible at night. It also incorporates Cadillac’s new “Y” trim strategy, where each model will have Luxury and Sport trims. Non-V-Sport CT6 models will feature new horizontal high-lumen headlights and a revised taillight design inspired by the Escala Concept.

There’s a raft of new tech too, including an infotainment system with a 10-inch 1080p display offering a smartphone-like experience with faster responses and improved voice recognition. A range of driver assists will include Forward Collision Alert, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward/Reverse Automatic Braking, and Safety Alert Seat. Cadillac’s semi-autonomous Super Cruise system will only be available in non-V-Sport models.

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