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Cadillac extends CT6 V-Sport production

by Ronan Glon

The CT6 is far from dead; it's even getting a second generation

Cadillac will extend production of the hot-rodded CT6 V-Sport in response to unexpected demand for the model.

The American firm introduced the V-Sport (pictured) as a range-topping, performance-oriented version of the CT6 during the 2018 New York auto show. The big news was that it inaugurated a 4.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine rated at 550 horsepower and a massive 627 pound-feet of torque. It also came with summer tires, Brembo brakes, and suspension upgrades.

Cadillac initially capped production at 275 examples, and Motor Trend learned the model sold out in two hours. The company is now planning a second installment of V-Sports, according to CarsDirect, and cars from batch number two will be $4,000 more expensive than cars from the initial batch. Pricing has gone up from $88,790 to $92,790, including destination. Nothing else has changed; it's the same car, with the same equipment, and the same engine. Why? Likely because Cadillac can.

The underlying story is that the CT6 isn't dead. Cadillac has extended production of its flagship sedan at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant until January 2020, and an unverified report even claims there is a second-generation model being developed on a new architecture. It's tentatively scheduled to go on sale in late 2022, meaning it will arrive in showrooms as a 2023 model.

The next-gen CT6 could use the Blackwing 4.2-liter V8 introduced by the V-Sport. We expect the next-generation Escalade will, too. However, Cadillac's top executive has categorically ruled out sharing the engine with one of its sister companies.

"Over my dead body," replied Cadillac boss Steve Carlisle when asked by Motor Trend about giving another automaker access to the V8. Earlier rumors claimed the engine would find its way into the upcoming mid-engined Corvette, but it sounds like Cadillac is leaving Chevrolet on its own.

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