2016 Cadillac CT6 AWD Platinum
3.0L V6 Twin Turbo 404 HP with 8 Speed Automatic Transmission
Crystal White with Jet Black Leather
The CT6 caught our attention at the Toronto Auto Show a few months ago. Needless to tell you that we seized the opportunity to spend a few days, and drive to the Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance with this CT6, where Cadillac is a sponsor.
A big car, with a fresh softer styling direction for Cadillac. Its appealing, with a subdued street presence, while the grille makes a bold statement, reinforced by the vertical LED lights which are distinctive to Cadillac.
The interior as expected is well finished, with a seat pattern that emulates the Cadillac logo capturing the attention. The detail stitching, wood and carbon fiber on the dash and door panels ads a touch of sophistication. The power, orthopedic and massage front and rear seats must be experienced to appreciate the sophistication, and simplicity of use.
The Bose Panarey sound system with the pop up speaker in the dash is superlative, frankly anything less would be a disappointment in a car of this caliber. Its clear that the folks at Cadillac know that the sound system must rock.
A power rear seat with generous leg room complements the interior. It might only be used occasionally or perhaps regularly, its all good. The pop up screens mounted on the front seat backs are a novelty. The Panarey speakers in the rear control center enhance the sound.
We could provide you with a lengthy list of all the features, they are all there from panorama roof, to adaptive cruise control, to a cool front and rear camera and a birds eye view camera. Lets not forget CUE which we always find intuitive to use, on this CT6 there is even a touch pad on the console. Needless to tell you that the camera in the rear view mirror is a display of technology.
The actual instruments are for some reason less intuitive than CUE. Blue lines on the perimeter of the gauges are not as legible as needles.
You can configure your own CT6...here.
How does it drive...
This car is a revelation to drive, if there is a next level to how a big luxury sedan should drive/handle this CT6 is the benchmark. Yes...from our perspective its that good. It feels lighter and smaller than its size, the steering is precise, the brakes are robust, the acceleration is good, the algorithm for the 8 speed transmission is well calibrated.
The growl from the V6 is interesting, while the sound of a V8 would be dramatically more appealing, and discreet. The V6 aided by the boost of the twin turbos there is an appreciable level of power for both acceleration, and highway passing.
It begs the question "Am I in such a big car or a small sport sedan?" This car attacks on/off ramps like a small sport sedan, encouraging you to get exuberant. Our tester had 4 season tires, imagine what a set of high performance summer tires will do...while sport mode puts 80% of the power to the rear wheels, and tightens up the entire car.
If you are considering a luxury sedan, perhaps you glanced at a CT6. We urge you to experience a CT6 it will redefine you understanding of handling.
Strada Talking Points:
- Formidable handling, and driving dynamics.
- Impressive Bose Panarey sound system with 34 speakers.
- Inviting power, ventilated, massaging rear seats.
- Good power from the V6.
- What a V8 could do.
The quick review...