A New Standard of the World: the Cadillac CT6

Cadillac CT6

If you heard the term “Standard of the World” 100 years ago, only one thing would come to mind: Cadillac. Fast forward a bit and you see the famed automaker enter a dramatic decline, followed by a powerful resurgence. Cadillac is going through a bit of a renaissance right now. Less than two decades ago, we saw the likes of the Cadillac DeVille roaming the streets. Sporting lackluster looks and even worse build quality, the DeVille is second only to the simply awful Cadillac Cimarron on the list of duds produced during Cadillac’s dark age. Thankfully, we have left those depressing days behind, and Cadillac is once again churning out pure gold in the form of cars like the impressive Cadillac CTS, comfy Cadillac Escalade and awesomely fun-to-drive Cadillac ATS. This fast ascent continued at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, where Cadillac unveiled the beautiful 2016 Cadillac CT6.

Cadillac CT6

Going on looks alone, the CT6 is dynamite. Angular yet graceful, it is the pinnacle of Cadillac’s new design language, which the ATS and CTS also carry with aplomb. With the CT6, Cadillac makes a roaring return to the full-size luxury car market, which it bowed out of in 2011 following the demise of the DTS. Just like its older (yet smaller) siblings, expect the CT6 to directly target Cadillac’s German rivals, specifically the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, and Audi A8. While the CT6 will be on par with the Germans size-wise, it will dramatically undercut them when it comes to weight. Thanks to Cadillac’s ambitious use of aluminum, other lightweight materials, laser welding, and metal adhesives normally seen in planes, the CT6 clocks in at under 3,700 pounds (over 600 pounds lighter than the 7 Series, despite having roughly the same dimensions). Given the car’s large size and light weight, we expect the CT6 to be one of the best combinations of stately sedan and sporty ride we’ve seen yet.

Cadillac CT6

Under the hood, you’ll have a choice of 3 engines with the CT6: a base turbocharged 4-cylinder pushing out 265 hp, a midrange naturally aspirated V6 making 335 ponies, or a twin-turbo 6-cylinder maxing out at 400 horses. Cadillac will mate all of these engines to the wheels through an 8-speed automatic. With the 4-cylinder you’ll get all of your power at the rear wheels, while the 6-cylinder versions will both have all-wheel-drive systems. If you’re hoping to get a little more power in your CT6, don’t fret, just wait—an 8-cylinder version is coming, but that will be a ways in the future.

On the inside, the CT6 is both luxurious and futuristic, further proof of the car’s effort to return Cadillac to its former place as the “Standard of the World.” One of the coolest tech features the CT6 offers is an LCD screen hidden in the rear-view mirror, which effectively makes the rear pillars and rear-seat passengers invisible when you look at it. Like many cars these days, the CT6 will come with a 360-degree camera system, but this one with a twist: You will be able to record the front and rear cameras as you drive—something that will go over well both on the track and in Russia.

We can’t deny the fact that we’re excited about the CT6. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a car of this caliber from Cadillac, and we’re damn glad it’s finally (almost) here. Expect to see it hit showroom floors this Fall with a price tag north of $70,000. Given its aggressive (and impressive) engineering and attention to the finer things in life, the CT6 looks set to be a rambunctious, refined, snarling, sophisticated luxury sedan with looks to kill and an order to return Cadillac to its rightful place in the world. We can’t wait to drive it.

What do you think of Cadillac’s new CT6?

Note: You can see lots more photos and cars from this year’s New York International Auto Show in the NYIAS web site’s Vehicle Galleries.

-zwaller

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