A few days ago, we reported that deliveries for the 2019 Cadillac CT6-V have finally commenced, roughly a year and a half after the model was initially announced. That’s great news for stateside buyers looking to snag Caddy’s latest luxury-laden rocket sled, but unfortunately, buyers in Europe won’t have the same opportunity.
“We currently have no plans to import the CT6-V to Europe,” Rene Kreis, Head of Public Relations at Cadillac Europe, confirmed to Cadillac Society.
That means that Cadillac CT6-V availability is currently limited to just the U.S. and Canada, as Cadillac has stated previously that it would not offer the CT6-V for the Chinese market. Availability in Mexico and the Middle East remain uncertain, but it’s looking unlikely the CT6-V will be offered in those markets.
As we covered previously, deliveries for the 2019 Cadillac CT6-V were delayed over issues related to emissions compliance. That issue has been rectified, as units are currently trickling into dealers and into customers’ hands.
Cadillac initially introduced the high-performance sedan in March of 2018 as the CT6 V-Sport, but renamed it to CT6-V that following September. Order books opened up in January of 2019, which means buyers have been waiting almost a year at this point to actually get the large rocket in their garage.
The specs consist of 550 horsepower and an SAE-certified 640 pound-feet of torque, all of which is produced by Cadillac’s hand-built 4.2L twin-turbo V8 engine, also known as the Blackwing. Output is routed to all four wheels by way of a new 10-speed automatic transmission matched with a mechanical limited-slip differential that increases traction at the limit and provides more predictable performance during spirited and track driving.
A specially-calibrated V-Series Magnetic Ride Control suspension system delivers improved roll control and cornering capability. A re-mapped steering system results in sportier, more dynamic steering response and feedback. Developed specifically for the CT6-V, a new 19-inch Brembo brake system with Brembo monoblock, fixed-opposed, four-piston calipers hooks up to performance linings and air deflectors that direct air to cool the brakes. The ensemble rides on new and unique 20-inch V-Series wheels with a five-by-four split-spoke pattern in the Ultra Bright with Midnight Silver finish. The massive rollers are wrapped in summer-only performed tires developed exclusively for Cadillac V-Series. The new rubber delivers crisp response and track-capable performance while retaining isolation and comfort.
A performance exhaust system with active valves offers reduced back pressure and improved sound character for a performance-oriented exhaust note. Track-tuned Active Rear Steer, a revised AWD torque split and unique track-focused stability controls round out the mechanical package.
Outside, the Cadillac CT6-V features a bold, dark front end with a large V-inspired mesh grille and horizontal LED headlamps with strong vertical signatures, making it distinctly Cadillac. Lower aero components and gloss black side window surround trim (DLO) highlight the performance sport sedan’s chiseled exterior with a dark and distinguished look. A set of lower aero components and spoiler further express the sedan’s performance capabilities.
It’s a nice bit of kit, and while overseas buyers are probably disappointed to learn they won’t have a shot of ownership, we’re certainly relieved to keep it here in the U.S.