The Cadillac CT6: Power and Performance

A powerfully refined ride. – When building an engine, it is rare to start with a blank canvas. But as the CT6 was a brand new vehicle on a brand new platform, there were no precedents to follow. And since the CT6 body is larger than any current Cadillac sedan, the engineers enjoyed a certain level of freedom and creative control, while staying true to three main objectives. A true prestige sedan would need the following: a high performance output, a generous fuel economy, and above all, power that transitioned seamlessly from the engine to the driver.

The revolutionary 3.0L Twin Turbo engine

Ultimately, three engines were developed for the CT6. The first is the standard 2.0L Turbo engine, offering a spirited 272 hp and more torque than standard engines on some competing German sedans. Direct fuel injection helps it deliver an efficient 31 mpg on the highway. The next is the available 3.6L engine. Paired exclusively with All-Wheel Drive, it provides 335 hp for even more power and maneuverability. Finally, with the 3.0L V6 TwinTurbo engine, the engineers created the most advanced Cadillac powertrain system to date. Powered by two advanced, low-inertia turbochargers, it creates a broad torque curve that conveys responsive, sustained power to the driver. And with 404 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque, it is one of the most power-dense engines available today.

“There tends to be a trade off between comfort, sporty performance and quietness in a car. Our chassis does not compromise on any of those three.”
– Travis Hester, Executive Chief Engineer of the Premium Luxury Segment of Cadillac

But performance is about more than just raw power. The engineers needed to translate the strength under the hood to the hands and feet of the driver. To that end, the CT6 comes equipped with three driving modes: Tour, Sport and Snow. Tour mode provides a supple ride suitable for the every day. Sport mode utilizes aggressive damping for a more exciting driving feel, while Snow mode can be engaged for safer handling in inclement weather.

Available All-Wheel Drive plays a large role in the performance of the  CT6 as well, monitoring the road and providing more power and torque to the wheels that need it most. The CT6 engineers perfected the system in the snowfields of Canada, optimizing for a smooth experience that does not require any manual input from the driver. To ensure that the CT6 is as smart as it is powerful, every engine comes equipped with Active Fuel Management, unprecedented in any Twin Turbocharged engine. The system automatically shuts down two of the engines’ cylinders when driving conditions require less fuel. When driving conditions become more challenging, the system automatically turns them back on again. The process happens seamlessly, without any interruptions in the driving experience.

“Integrating active fuel management and Twin Turbocharging technology: it is an industry first.”
– Richard Barlett, Assistant Chief Engineer for Cadillac CT6
The CT6 in motion

Even the cabin was optimized for performance. The body of the CT6 was designed with a series of acoustic layers built into the floor, pillars and even the laminate glass to help reduce unwanted noise from reaching the interior. Bose Active Noise Cancellation combats even more unwelcome sounds by sending out opposite frequencies through its speakers. But the end goal was not to turn the CT6 cabin into a soundproof box.

“When you hear the acceleration, you feel it and you really appreciate it.”
– Jeff Lundy, Lead Development Engineer

“For the driver of the car, it is all about the sensory perception,” says Jeff Lundy, Lead Development Engineer on the CT6. “The driver can go numb without some feedback. The CT6 dials out the unwanted noise while enhancing the sweet sounds like the engine and exhaust.”

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