The Cadillac CT6: The Conception

The prestige sedan, reinvented – This time last year, Cadillac embarked on a journey of reinvention. With a new president, a new home, and a new rallying cry, we challenged ourselves to Dare Greatly: to push the boundaries of automotive design, and to continue our legacy of building vehicles that deliver unparalleled comfort and performance. In 2016, Cadillac is proud to deliver on that promise with the introduction of the first-ever Cadillac CT6.

For 113 years, Cadillac has set the standard for power, comfort and control

The culmination of 113 years of automotive knowledge, the CT6 first appears to be a study in contradictions. It is a sedan that is powerful, but remarkably lightweight. It is a driver’s car that begs to be experienced as a passenger. And it places cutting-edge technology alongside decadent interior details. Upon closer inspection, the CT6 represents what is possible when an automaker takes a “no compromises” approach to design.

“The CT6 embodies what it means to Dare Greatly. It has allowed us to take on challenges that haven’t been addressed in the industry before.”
– Travis Hester, Executive Chief Engineer of the Premium Luxury Segment of Cadillac

It took more than 100 international designers, over 200,000 simulations and countless sketches to design the CT6. Cadillac has a strong heritage in creating full-size luxury sedans, so the designers remained true to that history while pushing the category forward. Interior designers gave a subtle nod to Cadillac’s history by wrapping the interior in leather perforated with our signature chevron pattern. The exterior incorporates Cadillac’s vertical lines, while maintaining a soft, inviting quality. And after reviewing hundreds of designs, the CT6 team finally struck the correct balance of energy and sophistication with one singular sketch.

“There was one ¾ sketch that spoke to the essence of what the vehicle could be, including the lighting, the grille and the dynamic lines.”
– Taki Karras, Exterior Design Manager on the CT6

Once the overall look was determined, the next challenge was to maintain these distinctive proportions. Designers worked within fractions of an inch on the details, the difference between which could result in a heavylooking car or an athletic-looking one. Engineers worked under similar pressures, tasked with creating engine systems that were as smart as they were powerful. The CT6 has three available engines: the standard 2.0 liter Turbo engine, offering a compelling combination of fuel efficiency and responsiveness; the 3.6 liter engine, providing impressive and smooth performance across the engine’s power range; and the world-class 3.0 liter V6 Twin Turbo, one of the most power-dense engines available today, delivering 404 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque for truly effortless acceleration and sporty sound.

A detail of the 3.0L Twin Turbo engine

Return to Dare-Greatly.com next Friday for a deeper look at the inspirations behind the Cadillac CT6, and the innovative approach that brought it to life. The CT6 is only the first of eight entirely new Cadillac vehicles to be released before the end of the decade. But the principles that inspired it will influence all future designs. Our legacy drives our future, and the CT6 represents the pinnacle of what is to come.

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