Cadillac CT6 Aims To Beat The Germans

Interesting, Others | March 25th, 2015 by 19
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Cadillac has been following the Germans, specifically BMW, for years now, trying desperately to have itself considered in the same realm of quality and performance, …

Cadillac has been following the Germans, specifically BMW, for years now, trying desperately to have itself considered in the same realm of quality and performance, but to no avail. Recently, the introduction of the ATS and CTS have helped Cadillac’s cause, but while the two are very good sedans in their own right, when compared to their German rivals, specifically ones from Bavaria, they still fall a bit short. Not to say that Cadillac isn’t making great strides, because it is and will continue to do so. Especially with Johan de Nysschen taking the helm.

De Nysschen is a man who knows how to get things done and turn companies around. He did it with Audi, started doing it with Infiniti and is now working for the Wreath and Crest. The South African’s latest strike at the heart of Bavaria comes by way of the upcoming CT6 sedan. The CT6 will be a rival to the BMW 7 Series, Audi A8 and Mercedes S-Class. Cadillac promises the CT6 will be far more advanced than its competitors and come at a considerably lower price.

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To start, Cadillac is claiming a dramatic weight loss for the CT6 in comparison to its big German rivals. Cadillac claims the CT6 will be not only the lightest in its class, by using a mix of aluminum and high-strength steel, but also around 200 lbs lighter than the BMW 5 Series. We’ll believe that when we see it, especially considering BMW’s new 7 Series will employ many weight loss techniques learned from the i8 hybrid supercar. However, not only is Cadillac claiming extreme lightness, but also torsional rigidity unmatched by any car before it. The folks in Detroit even released a video showing a team of advanced robots sporadically spot welding an aluminum body structure to display such rigidity.

This to me seems like a lot of chest pumping, but the results will likely be far less exciting. Considering that the CT6 will use a welded and bonded aluminum and steel structure, the claims of having “unparalleled body stiffness” are a bit arrogant, as there are cars like the BMW i3 which have solid carbon fiber body structures which are far stiffer than any made of welded aluminum, regardless of how stiff it may be, because it’s erm…one piece. Also the new BMW 7 Series will be using aluminum and high-strength steel as well, but it will also have some CFRP sprinkled about to help save weight. Audi will also be coming out with a new A8 which is said to be using Audi’s Spaceframe technology and will allegedly use composite materials in the design as well. So the CT6 better have some clever tricks up its sleeve if it wants to add more lightness than the Germans.

The CT6 is also said to have Cadillac’s autonomous driving technology, and will be able to pilot the CT6’s steering, throttle and brakes on the highway as well as in bumper to bumper traffic. Or something that BMW and Mercedes already have in their highest-end cars.

The real advantage the CT6 has, is price. Industry sources are claiming a starting price of the CT6 could be around $60,000 and topping out somewhere around $90,000, or where the 7 Series and S Class start. Considering the CT6 should have similar levels of performance from its 400 hp, twin-turbo V6 engine and supposed lighter weight, that price range would hit BMW, Mercedes and Audi right where it hurts.

I have no doubt that the CT6 will be a good car. Cadillac is making some really good cars as of late, and it stands to reason that its flagship car will be no different. However, Cadillac is making some truly lofty, and frankly audacious claims, towards being the best at everything. While there’s nothing wrong with that as each car company has its own chest-pumping taglines and claims, most car companies start doing that when they actually have a car to present. At the moment the CT6 is nothing by shadows and hearsay. We’ll see next week when Cadillac finally reveals some details about the CT6. But Cadillac better be packing enough bite to match its bark.

19 responses to “Cadillac CT6 Aims To Beat The Germans”

  1. jason bourne says:

    Yawn.

  2. John says:

    The lower starting price is speculation only by automotive journalists. This being a BMW blog I am not surprised with the bias towards the 7 series, however in actuality this car will not directly compete with the seven series. It is more of a Gran coupe, CLS, and a7 competitor, not an S-Class, 7 Series, or a8 competitor. That will come in the form of an assumed CT8 or CT9 nameplate. Also, before you assume Cadillac’s claims to be so arrogant, please fully read some official press realeses, I do admit that the 3, is a better overall car than the ATS, but it does consistently rank lower than the IS350 f-sport in comparison. Also, the CTS has beaten the five in every dynamic while being priced midpack to the Germans, but that too, has been beaten by the a6. The srx is no competition to the x5, the x5 obliterates it. But it has been as popular as the x3. For the rest of Cadillac’s line up, it’s high performance V line has beaten BMWs on a consistent basis since the second generation, and it seems the 640 HP CTS-V will continue that trend. Also, Cadillac cannot build enough 90k escalades to meet demand in North America. So, both brands have excellent values, I would buy a 4 over a ATS coupe, and a CTS V-sport over a 550i because I look at all brands with an equal mind, even though some of us really love our Mercedes, Cadillac’s, Audis and BMWs and will defend them to the end.

  3. Thadon55 says:

    It’s funny how biased an article can be while trying to appear as not. I also find it funny that one upon a time the BMW heads laughed at Johan about his Audi aspirations and what he set in place currently has Audi a the global sales leader. Hold the half cocked comments until you see. The ATS already had to have the hp numbers bumped because it tested higher than they claimed. And truthfully, the ATS from most tests I’ve seen has bested the 3.. it’s seems elsewhere from this blog BMW has lost it’s drivers car appeal to the car mags. I think they’ve made some great strides but again, consider that most of the technologies they brag about were created by GM and or one of its affiliates. Ferrari and audio both boast about having magnetic ride control, another GM innovation. So be cautious to doubt them especially with someone like Johan at the helm. There’s bound to be bruised egos and hurry feelings when it all hits the fan. And about the autonomous driving systems, neither BMW nor Mercedes have one In market anywhere. Audi was the first to openly start public testing. What they have is adaptive cruise control, but so does Audi, GM, Ford, Lexus so on and so forth… I just really dislike biased articles like this. But what can one expect from this blog. Just sayin

    • Horatiu B. says:

      Not that much bias and it’s pretty much inline with what you read out there. Do some research and you will see.

      And a “blog like this” tested two Cadillac last year and gave them props. Search for them and see for yourself

    • Brian Wolfman says:

      I found that funny too. Almost all (?) Mid to higher class cars can have adaptive cruise control which does breaking and accelerating based on the car in front of you and can break down to zero and then accelerate add traffic starts. As for steering, no, no car has autonomous driving. Tesla had shown theirs off. Cadillac showed off theirs. But no car has it in production, not sure where they got their info? Isn’t this a car site? Get the facts.

      • Mercedes’ S Class actually does have a system which will steer the car on its own. It requires the driver to be touching the wheel (though it can be tricked by just touching your knee to the bottom of the wheel), but it will actually steer the car. It won’t go around corners on its own, but it will most definitely steer itself through bends on a highway.

        Also BMW showed theirs as well, with the i3, which was able to find a parking spot with no driver in the car, then leave said spot and pick the driver up on its own.

        • Brian Wolfman says:

          That’s not autonomous driving. That’s part of the adaptive cruise control, my Cadillac does that too. Search for Cadillac or Tesla autonomous driving. Very different. Then look for google car….THATs autonomous driving…there’s no steering wheel.

          • Cadillac’s proposed autonomous driving is similar to every other company’s, including Tesla, BMW, Audi and Mercedes. Look at the autonomous MB that drove around San Francisco on its own, or the i3 that parked itself. Other company’s have similar tech.

            The point I was making in the article, was that Cadillac is making very bold claims about having the best car in the world, without actually having the car. If you read the last paragraph again, you’ll better understand what I was getting at.

          • Brian Wolfman says:

            And my point was the article stated how there was autonomous driving available, yet there isn’t. I agree, all companies are developing this, who will bring it to market first…truthfully, probably Tesla as they are the closest and easiest to with just a ota system update.

          • Horatiu B. says:

            Actually those fall under autonomous driving. Which is often misinterpreted as self driving.

          • Brian Wolfman says:

            Ek. Its actually adaptive cruise control with lane departure control. Autonomous driving, self driving, robotic driving….same. Tesla is to introduce steering capabilities, yet still NOT autonomous or self driving.
            http://www.washingtonpost.com/cars/tesla-to-introduce-auto-steering-soonnot-autonomous-driving/2015/03/24/2869d89c-d24f-11e4-8b1e-274d670aa9c9_story.html

          • Horatiu B. says:

            self parking a car is considered an autonomous function. Stopping the car in front of an obstacle, autonomous function.

          • Brian Wolfman says:

            Most parking is not autonomous, you are still semi involved, at least in deciding, you WANT to park. But please…explain the differences of autonomous and self driving. Stopping the car is not autonomous, its adaptive. deciding to turn left is autonomous after stopping at a stop sign, seeing the speed limit sign and slowing down, changing lanes to turn right. Please explain the differences.

          • Horatiu B. says:

            Autonomous means having the power for self-government.[8] Many historical projects related to vehicle autonomy have in fact only been automated (made to be automatic) due to a heavy reliance on artificial hints in their environment, such as magnetic strips. Autonomous control implies good performance under significant uncertainties in the environment for extended periods of time and the ability to compensate for system failures without external intervention.[8] As can be seen from many projects mentioned, it is often suggested to extend the capabilities of an autonomous car by implementing communication networks both in the immediate vicinity (for collision avoidance) and far away (for congestion management). By bringing in these outside influences in the decision process, some would no longer regard the car’s behaviour or capabilities as autonomous; for example Wood et al. (2012) writes “This Article generally uses the term “autonomous,” instead of the term “automated.” We have chosen to use the term “autonomous” because it is the term that is currently in more widespread use (and thus is more familiar to the general public). However, the latter term is arguably more accurate. “Automated” connotes control or operation by a machine, while “autonomous” connotes acting alone or independently. Most of the vehicle concepts (that we are currently aware of) have a person in the driver’s seat, utilize a communication connection to the Cloud or other vehicles, and do not independently select either destinations or routes for reaching them. Thus, the term “automated” would more accurately describe these vehicle concepts”.[9]

            In the United States, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has established an official classification system:[10]

            Level 0: The driver completely controls the vehicle at all times. Level 1: Individual vehicle controls are automated, such as electronic stability control or automatic braking.
            Level 2: At least two controls can be automated in unison, such as adaptive cruise control in combination with lane keeping.
            Level 3: The driver can fully cede control of all safety-critical functions in certain conditions. The car senses when conditions require the driver to retake control and provides a “sufficiently comfortable transition time” for the driver to do so.
            Level 4: The vehicle performs all safety-critical functions for the entire trip, with the driver not expected to control the vehicle at any time. As this vehicle would control all functions from start to stop, including all parking functions, it could include unoccupied cars.

          • Brian Wolfman says:

            Nice cut and paste, but what’s the general difference between self driving and autonomous?
            http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomous_car

          • Horatiu B. says:

            I guess it’s a matter of labeling. I would say self driving could also imply self-parking, right? Or stopping the car without any input?

            It’s just a matter of using the proper terminology, but I wouldn’t go saying autonomous means the car drives by itself and you sit around.

          • Brian Wolfman says:

            But it is. Autonomous means by itself, yes, you just, sit around. The google car showed a blind guy driving, that’s autonomous. Self parking is different. Its about decision making. No human input. Punch in, go home. And it….drives home.

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