LOS ANGELES -- Cadillac has no plans for a V-series high-performance model of its new CT6 large sedan, brand boss Johan de Nysschen said.
The CT6, which arrives in dealerships in March, “was not conceived with a V-series model in mind,” de Nysschen said during an interview at a media test drive of the car last week.
He said the CT6 is “not packaged to take” the 640-hp, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 used in the CTS-V launched last year.
“We have to reflect then on what top-of-the-line performance engine we could use,” he said. “We don’t have something immediately available.”
Luxury automakers don’t typically offer racetrack-ready variants of their large, range-topping sedans. But Cadillac is positioning the CT6 as a big luxury sedan with the nimble driving characteristics of a midsize sport sedan. That’s mostly enabled by the car’s light weight -- it weights less than most midsize luxury cars, including the CTS and BMW 5 series.
Cadillac is working on a twin-turbo V-8 that will someday join the CT6’s engine lineup, which now consists of a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder, 3.0-liter twin turbo V-6 and a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter.
But de Nysschen said the V-8 will be more about adding “a refined, sophisticated engine, more luxurious in character than performance related.”
But he didn’t rule out a high-performance variant that would stop short of a tire-shredding V series -- possibly a Vsport, a sporty trim that is Cadillac’s answer to Audi’s S and BMW’s M Sport packages.
“There certainly could be a high-performance derivative,” he said. “We’re thinking about it.”