The Ins and Outs of the Cadillac CT6

According to Travis Hester, executive chief engineer, Cadillac CT6, the sedan that will become the flagship vehicle* for the brand when it is launched later this year, was actually started in 2010. 

According to Travis Hester, executive chief engineer, Cadillac CT6, the sedan that will become the flagship vehicle* for the brand when it is launched later this year, was actually started in 2010.  While that may seem like a considerable amount of time, realize that:

1. This is an all new architecture (code-named “Omega”)

2. This is a car that requires an array of all new processes (from spot welding aluminum to making large and complex high-pressure aluminum die castings)

3. This is a car that had to meet some serious requirements

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Consider: the CT6 is a full-size luxury performance sedan.  It has a wheelbase of 122.4 in.; an overall length of 204 in.; and its width and height are 74 in. and 57.9 in., respectively.  The Cadillac CTS sedan is smaller, with a 114.6-in. wheelbase, 195.5-in. overall length, 57.2-in. height, and 72.2-in. width.  Yet Hester points out that the mass will be the same, at less than 3,700 lb.

Which means that from the point of view of size, it provides the space of the short-wheelbase BMW 7-Series, but at a mass less than a 5-Series.

What’s under the skin (literally) of this aluminum-intensive vehicle is something that Hester explains in this week’s edition of “Autoline After Hours.”

Hester talks with host John McElroy, Dave Sullivan of AutoPacific, Lauren Fix the Car Coach, and me about how the engineers, designers, and manufacturing personnel set about to create the car that Cadillac literally and figuratively has a lot riding on.

In addition to which, after Hester leaves the set, the rest discuss a variety of subjects, with an especial focus on the all-new Volvo XC90, which McElroy, Fix and I had the opportunity to drive earlier in the week.

And you can see it all—including a Cadillac CT6 minus much of its stylish sheet metal—below.

*The CT6 won’t be the upper end point for Cadillac, as General Motors has announced it is investing more than $12-billion over the next five years to help reestablish Cadillac as the “Standard of the World.”

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