The next V from Cadillac is a badge engineered CT6 Vsport.
This is the kind of insulting move one would expect from a career guy at GM. See that the most desired Cadillacs are the V versions, and start slapping V onto anything with a lot of horsepower. This, I predict, will cheapen the V badge and make it less desirable.
This car was not engineered to be a V. It was engineered to be a Vsport. And though Vsports are great high performance vehicles, they are not designed to be the penultimate luxury high performance cars. That is why Cadillac invented the Vsport badge in the first place. And the CT6 Vsport simply was not engineered to be that car. It is likely a great high performance car. But it is not a V. Long term consumers of the V cars will notice the difference, and likely be disappointed that it is not the world class track beast of lore.
But you can see why Cadillac fired JDN, and it is for all the wrong reasons. JDN would never have slapped a V badge on a Vsport. Only a career GM guy would so insult the intelligence of their customers by badge engineering a V. They miss the whole point as to why V’s are so desired by their customers.
They are desired because they are the pinnacle of Cadillac performance. Vsports are a notch below that. Cadillac’s wealthiest customers know that. In order to squeeze another ten grand from their customers, GM just took, however small, the first step in diluting the desirability of the V.