Cadillac is quitting the CT6 this year with production ending in summer. But not before the grand finale, the 2019 Cadillac CT6-V with 550 horsepower and 850Nm of torque…
This isn’t rocket science – all you have to do is build SUVs. As GM just posted more than one million crossovers sold in the US through 2018 for the first time, it’s clear western buyers don’t want saloons any more.
Last year in America Cadillac sold less saloons than Porsche sold 911s globally, which paints a bleak picture for the old-timer saloons out there. Cadillac is brazenly putting its money into new crossovers, and EVS, and EV crossovers, all the way through to 2023 as GM plans to release 20 new zero-emissions models.
Perhaps as a mark of respect or a honorary send-off for the humble saloon, in a nice gesture Cadillac surprised us at the Detroit motor show by revealing the CT6-V super-saloon. This is a bit awkward now, because Cadillac also announced last year that 2019 will be the final year of CT6 production in the States. So consider this the swansong for the CT6, and it’s pretty damn loud.
The 2019 Cadillac CT6-V is available to order according to the manufacturer, from $88,790 or roughly AED325,000, which gets you enough power to properly annoy the Germans. With a 4.2-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine under the bonnet this CT6-V makes 550 horsepower and 850Nm of torque. Even the BMW M5 Competition can’t come close to that torque figure falling 100Nm shy.
For American buyers at least, Cadillac will limit the 2019 CT6-V to just 275 examples so expect short runs everywhere else, and if you get it in its home market they’ll throw in a two-day training session at a private motorsport ranch in Nevada, so you can get to grips with the car.
Cadillac hasn’t released any performance figures but expect zero to 100km/h in under four seconds. The information that is available, tells us this all-wheel drive super-saloon will feature a 10-speed automatic transmission, Brembo brakes, newly designed 19-inch wheels, and rear-wheel steering.