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2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport Debuts With Revised Styling, Twin-Turbo V-8

2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport Debuts With Revised Styling, Twin-Turbo V-8

Cadillac is pushing the upper limit of its range-topping CT6 with a new V-Sport model. The 2019 CT6 V-Sport is also launching an all-new V-8 engine offering and serving as a beacon of Cadillac’s revised design theme.

“Cadillac V-Sport is the embodiment of our passion to deliver an exhilarating driving experience without compromises,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. “The all-new CT6 V-Sport provides the perfect balance of performance and luxurious refinement.”

The 2019 CT6 V-Sport is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.2-liter V-8 that generates 550 horsepower and a massive 627 pound-feet of torque. Engineered in a “hot V” layout, this engine transposes the conventional layout of the cylinder heads’ intake and exhaust systems to mount the turbochargers at the top of the engine — in the valley between the heads — to virtually eliminate turbo lag and reduce the engine’s overall packaging size.

“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 V-8 engine,” added 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.”

Cadillac has mated GM’s 10-speed automatic transmission to its new V-8, along with CT6’s all-wheel drive system.

Much like Cadillac’s other V-Sport models, the CT6 will feature uniquely tuned Magnetic Ride Control suspension, Brembo brakes and a mechanical limited-slip rear differential.

“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.”

In addition to launching a new engine, the entire 2019 CT6 lineup is spearheading the next evolution of Cadillac design. Inspired by the Escala Concept from 2016, the refreshed CT6 feature more horizontal elements, including horizontal headlights and taillights. Resting between the new headlights is a new, large grille design that is very similar to that of the Escala.

Cadillac is rounding out changes to the 2019 CT6 by adding the latest iteration of its infotainment system and active safety features.

The 2019 Cadillac CT6 will go on sale in the U.S. later this year.

 





 

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  1. 2b2
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    isn't it in keeping with GM practices to slice off a couple cylinders?
    CobaltSSKing
    nsaporito
    I would assume some variation of this engine ends up in the CT5-V.


    I’m thinking GM might stay consistent with the alpha cars continuing to share the same engines.
    Andrew_L
    Jerome
    We're all excited about the V8. But if Cadillac treats it the same as their exclusive V6 (3.0TT 400/400) then we won't see it anywhere besides the CT6 anyway. They need to get these engine options out across other vehicles. Maybe the XT5 needs a bigger engine option.


    Not sure if this engine is appropriate for the XT5. Maybe the future model that will slot between the XT5 and Escalade
    nsaporito
    Jerome
    We're all excited about the V8. But if Cadillac treats it the same as their exclusive V6 (3.0TT 400/400) then we won't see it anywhere besides the CT6 anyway. They need to get these engine options out across other vehicles. Maybe the XT5 needs a bigger engine option.


    I would assume some variation of this engine ends up in the CT5-V.
    Jerome
    We're all excited about the V8. But if Cadillac treats it the same as their exclusive V6 (3.0TT 400/400) then we won't see it anywhere besides the CT6 anyway. They need to get these engine options out across other vehicles. Maybe the XT5 needs a bigger engine option.
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