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I Am Unduly Excited For The 2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport

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News of Cadillac’s new 2019 CT6 V-Sport dropped yesterday. And y’all? I am freaking STOKED about it. Keep in mind that I’m generally someone who hates most new cars, too.

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First of all, it’ll have Cadillac’s new and exclusive 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8, good for 550 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque. That is a lot of horsepower and torque, guys!

I haven’t seen a name for this engine yet other than “hot V,” which is already a pretty badass name for an engine. Hot V. Like the name of the bartender at that biker bar with a heart of gold but also wouldn’t hesitate to beat the shit out of you if you misbehaved in her bar. A true flagship engine name.

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And this CT6 V-Sport is finally the proper kind of flagship that the Cadillac lineup needed. The regular CT6, even with the top-level 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V6 and 404 HP, never really cut it, in my mind. Driving it, I found it to be quick and agile, but not fast. Not exciting. Part of that was because it didn’t have a powerful V8. It needed a powerful V8. And now it has a powerful V8.

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And good Lord, the looks to match, too. This is aesthetically the closest production Cadillac to date to the gorgeous Escala sedan concept that we saw a couple years back. That’s what we all wanted a Cadillac flagship to look like. Obviously, I’d have to see the CT6 V-Sport in person to be sure, but in photos, it seems big and menacing, so hopefully that part of the Escala translated successfully.

And with AWD and a 10-speed automatic, the CT6 V-Sport definitely isn’t the mad and muscle-y sedan that the CTS-V is. That space is currently occupied. It doesn’t need the hilarious power output that a CTS-V has because 550 HP is great for a big and executive sedan. That is more than enough to get the thing moving. (But if some sort of CT6-V were being planned, you won’t hear me saying no).

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There’s no doubt in my mind that Cadillac makes great cars. We’re big fans of the ATS-V and the CTS-V. But they are getting old and we were in desperate need of something to sit on top of the Cadillac lineup. The CT6 V-Sport, though it probably needs a more inspiring name, is finally that car.

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I can’t wait to drive it.

Writer at Jalopnik and consumer of many noodles.

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DISCUSSION

flatisflat
flatisflat

I’m either completely out of touch with the modern buyer ...or exactly in the same position as they are for vastly different reasons.

A big sedan (that doesn’t sell because of millenials and infrastructure, right Cadillac?) that lacks the utility of ...most anything with that somewhere in its name... and that requires 500 hp to feel fast. Yeah. No thanks. I’ll keep my $70k...