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Cadillac's Dark Knight Rises: Meet the CT6
With its deep attention to detail, this long, svelte, powerful car marks the beginning of Cadillac’s new assault on the German incumbents
Wall Street Journal
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The new Cadillac CT6 sedan is darkly handsome, swift and sophisticated, efficient and very cleverly built. But to fully appreciate it, we are going to have to go deep nerd.

Sit in the driver’s seat of any left-hand drive car and you will see the left roof support, known as the A pillar. Typically these are padded with molded urethane and cloth, though in the case of the CT6 3.0TT Platinum edition test car ($88,460) it was upholstered in a faux buckskin suede. Very nice.

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This is the first decent-looking long black car made in America in a very long time. There’s power in the silhouette, Jungian urges and wicked thoughts. The low, louche hood flies into the deeply raked windshield almost seamlessly. The Cadillac escutcheon, now modernized and free of laurels, is centered in the full-frame grille, and it never looked better.

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road holding and driving dynamics, the CT6 is light on its feet, stiff and stable. The Platinium edition comes with marquee tech such as the rear-biased all-wheel-drive, a rear-wheel steering system and magnetic dampers, all managed by the multimode dynamics system.

The last big step up comes with cabin amenities, materials and design. These have been any Cadillac’s downfall. But the CT6 brings fresh eyes. The bill of materials includes fine-handed leathers, crisp high-res displays, much better switchgear and premium wood and metal plating, all molded into a taut sculpture. If this is Cadillac’s opening bid against the German incumbents in cabin design, it’s got my attention and respect.

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Cadillac's Dark Knight Rises: Meet the CT6
With its deep attention to detail, this long, svelte, powerful car marks the beginning of Cadillac’s new assault on the German incumbents
Wall Street Journal
Dan Neil

The last big step up comes with cabin amenities, materials and design. These have been any Cadillac’s downfall. But the CT6 brings fresh eyes. The bill of materials includes fine-handed leathers, crisp high-res displays, much better switchgear and premium wood and metal plating, all molded into a taut sculpture. If this is Cadillac’s opening bid against the German incumbents in cabin design, it’s got my attention and respect.

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Whoa, he must have edited out the part about the cheap plastic...

Good read, but it a little too much emphasis on the A-pillar for me!
 

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Interesting read. I still hate the selected wood trim and the beige leather steering wheel that looks like it was made from the skin of dead Floridians (it needs to be dark gray, dark brown, or black), but those things can be remedied with color and trim choices.

The car looks stunning in this color.
 

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Nice, positive article! Once the negative GMI folks wake up they will trash the CT6 to give anyone the negative comments that they missed in the article. And I think DirtyMoney is right, the plastic is way overblown - a minor thing overblown to sell add space and something for the negative folks run with. Most people will probably never touch these possibly questionable pieces or care.

And I agree, someone got the thesaurus out to write that piece.
 

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Cadillac's light-weighting puts it ahead of the heavier German luxury brands, which undoubtedly will be cutting their weights that have gotten so excessive, especially the S Class.
It is a world turned upside down, Cadillac ahead, but it is true.
Several years ago, GM admitted its vehicles were too heavy, which signalled they would be putting them on a diet, which now has shown up in several models, with more to come. And any company that isn't doing the same is behind and needs to catch up.
This is where the 7 and S are right now, behind by hundreds of pounds, with the S being >900 pounds heavier than the CT6.
And the Germans will lose out on driving dynamics as their corpulent coupes and sloppy sedans wallow on their way down to afternoon dinners, doctors' appointments, and old folks homes. And perhaps a hair salon visit for a new coat of blue!;)
If Cadillac plays its cards right, they can become the new "it" product everyone wants!
 

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The authors' fetish for the A pillars aside, it seems he was trying to impress readers that he was something other than what he is with those high powered words. It is good that with each new try Cadillac is getting closer to their self professed rivals. One should read all the comments on the story's site, oh brother. (and we think we've got it bad here sometimes)
 

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Cadillac's light-weighting puts it ahead of the heavier German luxury brands, which undoubtedly will be cutting their weights that have gotten so excessive, especially the S Class.
It is a world turned upside down, Cadillac ahead, but it is true.
Several years ago, GM admitted its vehicles were too heavy, which signalled they would be putting them on a diet, which now has shown up in several models, with more to come. And any company that isn't doing the same is behind and needs to catch up.
This is where the 7 and S are right now, behind by hundreds of pounds, with the S being >900 pounds heavier than the CT6.
And the Germans will lose out on driving dynamics as their corpulent coupes and sloppy sedans wallow on their way down to afternoon dinners, doctors' appointments, and old folks homes. And perhaps a hair salon visit for a new coat of blue!;)
If Cadillac plays its cards right, they can become the new "it" product everyone wants!
The important part is articles like this that are positive and point out all of the engineering and thoughtful items like the A pillars that most wont notice. This is how a brand reputation is built, something Cadillac sorely needs.
 

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Inspite of some of the lower quality plastics and lack of certain features, the CT6 is so good of a car, most people could care less because it offers an exceptional value from bare-bones to fully loaded. Also, it does not hurt to have a beautiful looking car, maybe the best looking between the two classes of the competition.

Nice to hear about the fuel mileage and I can't wait what the 4.2tt V8 will be like on this car same as for the PHEV hybrid as well.

I expect sales will be steady, perhaps increase from there.
 

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Nice review, but I guess they didn't bother to take any of their own pictures.
 
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You guys are exaggerating about the plastic. It may be plastic but it is covered with a thin layer of soft touch. I thought you guys were serious until I saw and felt it for myself. Hyperbole.

Some of the members here that complained about the poor quality plastics ( one in particular;-) ) are so full of you know what that they must slosh when they walk! It doesn't have the 'BLING' of the current Mercedes interiors, but IMO that's a good thing.
 

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I sat in the CT6 equivalent of my CTS, and though I like the design of the CT6 better, I think the CTS has better quality materials; particularly lower door panels, transmission tunnel, and seatbacks. If they merge the CTS and ATS into one new car, marketed the CT6 against the midsize Germans, and bring out a CT8, I'm good with that. If they really did kill the CT8 and try to move the CT6 upstream, I don't think they have a chance. to compete with the prestige of the other flagships.
 

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This is where the 7 and S are right now, behind by hundreds of pounds, with the S being >900 pounds heavier than the CT6.
Sure, if you compare a base 4-banger CT6 to a V8 S-Class, which you probably shouldn't.

Realistically, the CT6's body is about 200 lb lighter than a conventional design, and the rest is due to differences in the powertrain, equipment and platform features.

Everyone is trying to shed weight, but if the A8 and XJ are any indication, lower weight isn't really a major selling point in this class.
 

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I'm glad he liked it, but as someone who spent 5 days with a base model CT6, I'm extremely disappointed in some of the interior materials. If you disagree, that's fine, but I think a lot of luxury customers at that price point have higher standards and expectations.

I'm not looking for Cadillac to do a tacky, Benz-style, bordello interior. I just want CT6 to have an interior at least as rich as my CTS.
 

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I sat in the CT6 equivalent of my CTS, and though I like the design of the CT6 better, I think the CTS has better quality materials; particularly lower door panels, transmission tunnel, and seatbacks. If they merge the CTS and ATS into one new car, marketed the CT6 against the midsize Germans, and bring out a CT8, I'm good with that. If they really did kill the CT8 and try to move the CT6 upstream, I don't think they have a chance. to compete with the prestige of the other flagships.
I am not sure why you say this. Is the chassis inferior to BMW 7 Series, Mercedes S Class? If not then, basically, why can't the interior materials be upgraded to match? Why can't the dash be redesigned to be more dramatic? What is it about the CT6 design that would make it impossible to upgrade the switchgear? From what I see, and from the tech we know is coming (Super Cruise), and the tech it already has, and the rock solid chassis, the extremely quiet cabin, I don't understand why you would suggest it is impossible (won't stand a chance!) for this car to be upgraded enough to compete with those other cars. Explain, please.

Is there something about its design that makes it impossible to upgrade the materials? Is it impossible to put the highest quality leather in the CT6? Is it a scientific impossibility to replace the switchgear with metal switchgear? Is it an engineering impossibility to replace plastic bits with authentic materials? What about this car makes it impossible to bring upmarket and compete at that level?
 
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