RAMONA, Calif. -- Of the three engine choices available on the Cadillac CT6 sedan, it was the smallest that seemed to generate the most buzz during a media drive here last week.
The 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo kicks out 265 hp, shy of the 272 hp that the same displacement engine produces in the compact Cadillac ATS. But the relative featherweight construction of the CT6 left it with plenty of pull for passing trucks on steep uphills and on undulating mountain roads northeast of San Diego.
The big, aluminum-intensive sedan is also propelled by a 3.6-liter V-6 and the range topper, a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V-6 that makes 404 hp and is exclusive to Cadillac (read not shared with Corvettes and Camaros).
The four-banger was the favorite of the bunch for AutoPacific Inc. product analyst Dave Sullivan. He called it “dialed in.”
It’s the one that even Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen is most enamored with -- “it’s the powertrain that will surprise people,” he told me.