General Motor Company’s Cadillac has an advertisement in line for the upcoming Oscars for the second time in a row. Cadillac will feature its most ambitious automobile to date at next month’s show. The CT6 sedan will be poised to take on the European trifecta and will feature as a 2016 model.
Fast forward to the essentials; the Cadillac CT6 sedan offers three somewhat equally exciting engine options, that are all connected to a nifty little eight speed automatic transmission, which in turn powers the wheels.
The base variant is a modest 265 horsepower producing 2.0 liter inline-four that just won’t accept the defeat. While the 2.0 liter will take you from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds, which is a second or two slower than the V6 variants, the variant is 428 pounds lighter and unarguably the quickest on its feet. The engine choice is for those with less-than-ambitious expectations from the car, and is ideal for work, along with an occasional dinner with the missus.
The twin turbo charged 3.0 liter produces a little more than 400 horsepower at its peak, which trims the sedan’s 0-60 time to 5.3 seconds, as claimed by Cadillac. The 3.0 liter V6 is undoubtedly heavier and therefore difficult to rotate on the corners. However, once you strap on the $3,300 Active Chassis Package, you would need the judgement skills of Niki Lauda to tell the difference.
The 3.6 liter V6 variant is a midway choice for those who want to take advantage of the dropping oil prices, and at the same time boast about the breathtaking sound the engine makes while burning gallons of fuel. The suspension options are, however, limited and many who have driven its European rivals will find the ride stiffer. For those waiting on a V-Series variant, there will be nothing but bad news, as speculation suggests that the CT6 sedan doesn’t quite qualify for the performance side of the company.
The cabin has the makings of a haven of sorts, there are accents of high quality carbon fiber almost everywhere in the interior, which is clad in leather and furnished by wood. Cadillac has featured in the CT6 sedan the latest edition of the CUE infotainment system, that comes with a new touchpad and a 10.2 inch screen. Depending on the buyer’s whim, one can also get a Rear Seat Package that adds a 10 inch touch screen each, for both rear passengers and massaging seats.
However, the provided amenities rather fail to make up for the lack of attention to detail given, compared to the CT6 sedan’s supposed rivals. The seats lack the kind of comfort and poise that make German cars so great. While the design is compelling, the CT6’s interior design lacks the flair and synchrony that is found in the Mercedes-Benz S class.
Cadillac’s CT6 sedan starts at a fair $53,500, which is about $30,000 lower than most of its German rivals. However, one cannot see the price difference as an advantage, given the sheer exquisite quality that is provided in flagship German models, like Audi’s A8 or Mercedes’ S-Class. Regardless of Cadillac’s ambitions, the CT6 will fit purely as a mid-budget choice and can be expected to perform better than most in the market.