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Now Testing: 2018 Cadillac CT6 Platinum

Now Testing: 2018 Cadillac CT6 Platinum

This week AutoVerdict is sampling the 2018 Cadillac CT6 Platinum. For those who aren’t familiar with the specifics of the CT6, the Platinum trim level comes standard with Cadillac’s Super Cruise technology. Super Cruise enables semi-autonomous driving on limited-access freeways.

The CT6 will be in the AV garage for the next week. If anyone has photo/video requests or would like to know something specific, let us know!





 

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AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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    That's notable, especially given how well GM has calibrated MRC in other cars. The real question is: what's the ride/handling trade-offs are like in each mode? Some companies treat sport mode like a sporty, on-road mode. Others treat it like a track-only mode (which is an admittedly odd thing to do for a full-sized luxury sedan!). I love watching Chris Harris review cars in the UK and his mantra is that sport mode usually ruins cars for road use in the UK -- too harsh and overdampened. If the CT6 has a good ride/handling balance in a different mode, a crap sport mode is an annoyance. If, like many modern BMWs, none of the modes strikes the right balance, that's a more fundamental problem.




    Tour mode is fine. It fits the car's attitude/purpose.

    Sport mode is just a mixed bag. It's harsh, but does not add value to the handling of the car.
    Tone





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    Example: the MRC calibration with sport mode is strange. The suspension is almost jittery, which is the same behavior exhibited on the ATS. It's not a MRC issue; MRC is great on Camaro/Corvette.

    Last night I literally drove the CT6 in sport mode and then my C43 in sport+ mode back-to-back to cement my thoughts on it.




    That's notable, especially given how well GM has calibrated MRC in other cars. The real question is: what's the ride/handling trade-offs are like in each mode? Some companies treat sport mode like a sporty, on-road mode. Others treat it like a track-only mode (which is an admittedly odd thing to do for a full-sized luxury sedan!). I love watching Chris Harris review cars in the UK and his mantra is that sport mode usually ruins cars for road use in the UK -- too harsh and overdampened. If the CT6 has a good ride/handling balance in a different mode, a crap sport mode is an annoyance. If, like many modern BMWs, none of the modes strikes the right balance, that's a more fundamental problem.
    nsaporito





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    Saw one of these the other day on the highway. It's kind of the 'three bears' Cadillac to me. The ATS is nice, but the car feels too small for the styling. The CTS is better, but something about it lacks presence outside of the hell for leather V-series. But, the CT6 looks just right. Big enough in scale to have some presence. But not bloated. I'm not a luxo-sedan kid of guy, but if I were, I feel like this would be high on my list, warts and all.




    It's been interesting for me as a former ATS owner to draw compare/contrast to the CT6. There's obvious improvements they've made since the ATS, but the CT6 also has some of the same quirks the ATS had.

    Example: the MRC calibration with sport mode is strange. The suspension is almost jittery, which is the same behavior exhibited on the ATS. It's not a MRC issue; MRC is great on Camaro/Corvette.

    Last night I literally drove the CT6 in sport mode and then my C43 in sport+ mode back-to-back to cement my thoughts on it.
    Tone
    Saw one of these the other day on the highway. It's kind of the 'three bears' Cadillac to me. The ATS is nice, but the car feels too small for the styling. The CTS is better, but something about it lacks presence outside of the hell for leather V-series. But, the CT6 looks just right. Big enough in scale to have some presence. But not bloated. I'm not a luxo-sedan kid of guy, but if I were, I feel like this would be high on my list, warts and all.
    nsaporito
    Appreciate the feedback and ideas, guys!

    This thing has gotten a ton of attention. My coworkers at Google were blown away with the sophistication of Super Cruise.

    I'm thinking about three content pieces:

    * Full Review

    * Editorial outlining what Cadillac has improved versus Alpha cars vs. CT6.

    * Super Cruise deep dive
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