The Cadillac CT6 lives on despite rumors it would be cancelled. Not only that, the flagship sedan charges ahead with a “V” variant boasting a more potent 4.2-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine making 550 hp. Because of its tame exterior design, the 2019 Cadillac CT6-V is the definition of a sleeper sedan. But is that a good thing or not?
The CT6-V has a much more subtle design than the 640-hp supercharged CTS-V, which serves a different role but is pictured below for reference. The new sedan has a relatively small grille, and it also features vertical headlights that Cadillac often uses on its cars. Overall, it looks just like the regular CT6, with no visual cues hinting at its sporty intentions.
It’s the same story from the side profile. There are no bold creases or design touches, giving it a generic look from this angle. Its only distinguishing feature is a small V badge behind the front wheel. The model features standard 20-inch wheels, but they’re more elegant than athletic. The CT6-V is slightly boxier than rivals like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but it’s not as angular as the mighty CTS-V, which also has a nice side vent hinting at its sporting intentions.
More V badging can be found in the rear, which continues the sleeper sedan theme. A subtle silver trim piece complements the short rear deck of the CT6-V, and the vertical taillights match the headlights. Probably the only real giveaway this model is a sports car is its dual exhaust pipes.
Inside the cabin, the CT6-V receives the latest CUE infotainment system with a 10-inch touchscreen. Drivers can also control the system via a new rotary controller on the center console. We appreciate the attractive colors and materials inside the cabin, but we still think Cadillac didn’t do enough to differentiate it from the standard CT6. Some bolstered seats and a flat-bottom steering wheel would be a good place to start.