This CT6 V-Sport is finally the proper kind of flagship that the Cadillac lineup needed.
The brand’s new 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 will officially launch in the new CT6 V-Sport later this year, where it’ll produce an impressive 550 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque from 3200 to 4000 rpm.
A “hot V” setup, which puts the turbochargers atop the block between the heads, aims to minimize turbo lag while making the engine more compact. This is a totally new engine, designed from the ground up, and for now, will be exclusive to Cadillac.
Power will be routed through GM’s 10-speed automatic, currently found in the Escalade and a few other vehicles in the General Motors stable; both V-Sport and base CT6 models will be all-wheel drive.
To visually distinguish the V-Sport from the rest of the CT6 lineup, there’s a dark, “V-inspired” mesh grille and LED headlights. Lower-body aero pieces provide a sportier look, the windows are outlined with gloss-black trim, and a rear spoiler finishes the package.
The CT6 V-Sport gets a number of other performance upgrades to complement the V8 engine. New 20-inch wheels come shod in summer performance tires, a mechanical limited-slip differential increases rear-end traction and modified Magnetic Ride Control damper settings and stiffer suspension geometry provide better handling characteristics. Additionally, the CT6 V-Sport gets unique, 19-inch Brembo brakes and a retuned exhaust.
Curiously, Cadillac’s Super Cruise suite of driver-assistance systems is not offered on the V-Sport, but there is plenty of other news on the technology front. A revised rear-camera mirror can tilt and zoom, the 360-degree-view monitor includes a video-recording function that activates when the security system is activated, pedestrian detection and automated braking now work when backing up as well as when going forward, and the wireless device charging capability has been enhanced.