More likely, they'd never seen one.
More likely, they'd never seen one.
If Cadillac would just massage the interior a little more, then CT6, especially the V-Series would arguably be the best bang for the buck amongst the full size luxury sedans.
A Platinum CT6 with the 500HP V8 and standard Supercruise, is going to be quite formidable.
People criticize the car who have never driven one or spent a day with it. I drive mine every day, I have 15,000 miles on it, and it is fantastic. You really should have spent some time with a CT6 Platinum with the Light Cashmere interior before you bought the Mercedes...
The first CT6s I saw on the dealer's lot and on the road I briefly mistook for the CTS before I realized they were too big.
Drives a 2019 Cadillac ATS Coupe and a 1988 Pontiac Trans Am GTA.
In the past, I've had a 5th gen Camaro, a CTS sedan and coupe, two 3rd gen Firebird Formulas, a convertible 4th gen Trans Am, a Reatta, a couple of Monte Carlos, an Avenger coupe, a couple of Cavalier hatchbacks, a Saturn SC1, and a Cherokee.
So happy they didn't cancel the CT6
This is from a QUICK review I did a few months back of the CT6 on a another forum:
This morning I took my 2016 CTS-V to the dealership for a simple Recall procedure. No parts were exchanged, just a reprogram I’m told. The recall was for the steering module. All in all I dropped it off at 9am and they called me at 12p to let me know that it was complete. Of course I wasn’t able, nor willing to go back there to pick up my beautiful Rose. I had meeting all day, not to mention they loaned me a pristine, well equipped Black Raven 2018 CT6 Premium Luxury with Super-Cruise and a 3.6L V6.
Getting into the
I have driven the CT6 before, but not once had I ever driven a 3.6L for anything other than a quick test drive. The engine I’m most familiar with is the 3.0lTT, which was not on the menu today. I do have to say that if I were in charge of Cadillac’s engine choices, the 3.6L would not be in any of their cars. the CT6 with the engine was fine in terms of performance, but it felt no more special in engine delivery than my Impala. This is the issue that GM needs to work out. Ironically it has engines in service to do this.. and has had them for several years. 3.6L is that I have changed the exhaust.. and it feels as smooth and powerful. It feels right for a Chevy or Buick. The 3.6L in the Camaro is a nice and powerful tool.. but in the Cadillacs I've driven that also have a forced induction option.. going to them with a 3.6L just didn't feel as special.. and by special I mean luxo. Put it to U like this. I've driven the XT5 with the 3.6L and it was very nice.. Nicer IMO than the 3.5L in the RX, MDX, and almost as nice as the 3.0L in the X5, but the 3.0L TT in the BMW felt smoother. Probably the torque. I'm sure it was the torque. BUT ALAS.. that's the thing. Cadillac has a 3.0L TT too.. and its more powerful and more torquey. They could detune for competitive variations. 350HP to 404HP I believe that Cadillac should only have forced induction offering. What that means is that in a CT6, a car coming in with a 122.4 inch Wheelbase, 204 inches long and curb weight varying from 3700-4400lbs, a 3.0LTTV6 (404HP) would be the base, and the upcoming two iterations of the 4.2L TTV8 would be its mid (500HP) and top (550HP) engine choices. All that being said.. the 3.6L actually moves this vehicle around quite well with a mere 335HP. I mean really well. That’s coming from a guy who dropped off a 650HP mid-sizer before hopping in this humongous automobile. And speaking of which. Driving the CT6 even with just 335HP, and all that length, I never felt as though I were driving a big car. Take a drive in an LS460, S-Class, 7series, or fat ass Audi A8.. U actually feel like U are driving a big car. Not the case with the CT6. I almost felt like I was still maneuvering my CTS, a car that is almost 8 inches shorter.
I had literally no complaints in terms of the interior. The door panels were covered in a soft leather-ish material. I didn't like the mouse pad, and am glad that it is no longer available in the new the 2019s, replaced with a rotary knob. The seats were comfortable, and not as snug as the config. I have set for my Recaros. The dark wood was nicely done, and when I picked up my youngest daughter, she unceremoniously needed to sit in the back seat instead of the front. She noted "Too bad these seats don't recline.. I could get real comfy back here Daddio." I laughed, telling her that if I bought one the rear seats would probably do just that, but I'd never use them. The leather was high grade and very nicely done. No skimping.. and I loved the two way console, with the car having plenty of connectivity. Oh.. and not one issue with CUE. I guess its more to do with the fact that I've been using it for 3 years. Although even then I really didn't have any issues navigating thru it while driving. I guess because I have a smart phone, as 95% of the population does now, and using a touch system is the norm.
I have said it on more than one occasion.. all of the complaints some people have with interiors and refinement in Cadillacs always.. and I mean always (with exception to the instrument cluster in the ATS-V) seems to die when U experience it in a V. Even the Platinum. The walk from even an XT5 to an XT5 Platinum makes one say.. why is Cadillac not using this platinum interior (or V) in all their cars/suvs above a Luxury model. In fact, kill the Standard and luxury models and start with Premium Lux, Platinum, and V
Wow. Check out my video. This is something else. I will say that GM lawyers were definitely consulted on this, but even with their certain input, the tech really works.
Last edited by DaBangBang; 02-07-2019 at 08:04 AM.
The only way a black interior would look good to me, is if the wood or carbon fiber is a nice contrast and relief from the oppressive and bland blackness. Add gray or white piping to the seats and then it's acceptable. Give me Auburn w/Black accents or the Kona interior any day. Cadillac definitely need to step up their game and offer a lot more color/wood/aluminum/carbon fiber choices for their interiors.
Last edited by SKH; 02-07-2019 at 09:21 AM.
I agree a dark interior should have lighter wood and vice versa.
The exterior definitely looks better in dark colors. I'm convinced the CT6 would look sleeker and less frumpy without the 3rd side window, and I can't believe that tiny window of any use. I wish someone would photoshop that.
The CT6 has the sriking proportions and engineering, but still has no style or presence. World-class design is really difficult and the hardest to pull off, you have to have the right thinkers and expertise to pull it off and Detroit just doesn't and hasn't for 50+ years. Style and influence is cultural, you either have it or you don't and it's really hard to copy or invent. I give kudos to Lincoln for style points, the only Detroit luxury brand that seems to have a standout vision on luxury design, at least on the inside.
Last edited by BORG; 02-07-2019 at 11:44 AM.
CT6, as you said, has some great proportions and looks, well, presidential. That in and of itself should give it presence, no? Exterior design is not why the CT6 is not the best in its class. It's a great looking car, at least in my eyes, and oozes style and class. I don't agree with the notion that it does not have style or presence.
Cadillac launched the second generation CTS in 2014, and that car vaulted Detroit to the top of the midsize luxury sedan segment, thanks to its cutting edge interior and the way it drove. While it admittedly lacked the super high end (niche) designs and bespoke nature of, say, Designo or BMW Individual, the base models, which make up the majority of those types of cars sales volumes, were better than the E, 5, and A6. Cadillac can do interiors, and it has done them at a high level as recently as a generation of car ago. Why the new ones aren't as good I can't answer, but Lincoln's new cars like Navigator, Aviator, etc. prove to me that Detroit still understands and is able to design high end interiors that feature world class design and materials.
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