Does this car prove that mainstream hybrids are finally getting good?
It looks like the Chevy Volt wont go down in history as a total loss for GM as it will become a goldmine of parts and electric vehicle design for future cars from the General. One car that will reap from the Volt’s parts list is the upcoming Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid. Plug in hybrids come in two types: the fuel sippers like the Prius plug-in hybrid, or absurdly fast performance monsters like the Porsche 918 Spyder.
The CT6 is no hypercar, but the 449 horsepower oozing out from the rear wheels means that no one will be able to ding the car for being a performance slouch. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-banger joins forces with two electric motors and an 18.4-killowatt-hour battery pack to rocket the sedan from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds with the help of instant electric torque. On the fuel economy side of things, the CT6 should get an electric-only range of 37 miles on a full charge, although the EPA has yet to slap fuel consumption estimates on the car. Unlike the Volt, the CT6 won’t have its battery pack arranged in a T shape between the front seats and under the rear passengers.
Instead, the battery pack tray will act as the main floor structure to add stiffness and keep the center of gravity low. This is the same strategy that Tesla debuted in the Model S, and the handling ability it gave the car worked out pretty well for them. The two-motor drive system is also carried over from the Volt but is adapted for the rear-wheel drive architecture and gets an extra planetary gear set and two extra clutches to make it “a Volt on steroids” according to GM director of electrification Tim Grewe. Due to likely high demand for the CT6 in China, the car itself will be assembled there, which is sure to piss off Donald Trump. Expect to see the top tier luxury mobile from Cadillac later this year or in early 2017.