Is it or Isn’t It?

02.23.16 - 2016 Cadillac CT6

As the first car built on the new GM Omega RWD architecture that is a large 204 inches in size the CT6 is a car that you might look at as a flagship model. The width is impressive at 74 inches and the CT6 wheelbase is more than ten feet long to give the room on the inside to make this a car that is great to drive. Toss in the longitudinal engine layout and the way everything inside the car just feels longer and larger than what we are used to and you think this is the flagship model from Cadillac.

The reality is Cadillac has vehemently stated this is not the flagship model. As I look around the Cadillac lineup I don’t see any other vehicle that can be the flagship model, but Cadillac still maintains that this is not that car. What they have said is the CT6 can “carry the flag” until the flagship model arrives. It seems they want us to be sitting with bated breath as we await the arrival of the new king of the Cadillac lineup while in the meantime we get to enjoy the CT6 and the stature it brings to the market.

While the CT6 did not make a splash at any car shows when it was unveiled, this is a car that you will enjoy and can really show off as a status symbol, but don’t call it the flagship model. The weight of the car comes in at 3,657 pounds the CT6 offers a good weight because of the use of aluminum in the build to have a stiffer chassis than the two sportier models from Cadillac which are the ATS and CTS. This is also the quietest cabin ever to be a great place for a ride.

Under the hood you find the base engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that offers 265 horsepower in RWD. Moving up the change you can have a 335 horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine or the 404 horsepower twin turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine with both of these V6 models bringing you the AWD you want to enjoy. No matter the engine you will have the eight-speed automatic transmission that is smooth and easy to enjoy. This transmission does give you the paddle shifters that you want if you feel it’s time for you to do the shifting yourself. Later we will have a 4.2-liter turbocharged V8 and a plug in hybrid added to the lineup to give us the full menu of what we want from this big Caddy.

This is a car that gives you the Active Chassis package, includes Magnetic Ride Control, has active rear steering, 20-inch wheels, three driving modes (Tour, Sport and Snow/Ice) which make adjustments for the throttle, transmission, steering, shock stiffness and rear steering parameters. The different AWD adjustments that are made with these driving modes gives you the full control you need with the right power in the places it should be for you to have the best experience you can in this large luxury car.

Inside you see everything you would expect to have with every driver aid available, a full luxury leather upholstery and wood and metal trimming throughout the cabin. You may find that you and your family are clamoring to sit in the back seat because of the reclining seats and fully comfortable seating that is a great place to take a ride from. Overall, the question remains, is this the flagship Cadillac model or not? Cadillac says it isn’t but until they show us something better than the CT6, which will certainly be hard to beat, I will call this the flagship sedan and Cadillac can call it the flag bearer.

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