2018 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport unveiled with new 4.2L twin-turbo V8

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Today, Cadillac unveiled the performance model of their CT6 flagship sedan’s range – the V-Sport.

The CT6 V-Sport uses Cadillac’s first exclusive engine in over 25 years – an all new, 4.2-litre twin-turbo V8. It uses direct injection, its block is made of aluminium and it uses a ‘hot V’ design – this means that the turbos are located in the valley between the cylinders, drastically reducing turbo lag and minimizing the overall size of the engine. In the CT6, the new V8 produces 410kW (550hp) of power and 850Nm (627 lb-ft) of torque – power is sent to all wheels through a 10-speed automatic.

To distinguish it from regular CT6s, the V-Sport features a black front mesh grille, horizontal LED headlights, rear spoiler, aero parts, 20-inch V-Sport alloys, performance tyres and Gloss Black window trim.

The CT6 V-Sport also gains other performance touches including an active exhaust system, a Track drive mode (which changes the AWD torque split and adjusts the rear steer mechanism), 4-piston front Brembo brakes and an LSD (Limited Slip Differential). Cadillac engineers have also tuned the steering and Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) dampers for a sportier drive.

It also gains some cool tech, including a 10-inch infotainment system and voice recognition – this is in addition to a raft of safety features including AEB, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and more.

The Cadillac CT6 V-Sport will be present on the stand next week at the New York auto show. What do you think of this sporty Caddy? It’s a pretty cool car, however the standout for me is that engine – I think there’s a future GM product hiding in plain sight (opinion article coming soon). Let me know your thoughts below.

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