Cadillac is a name that has been defining luxury in large sedans for decades. General Motors, the American Car Manufacturer Giant, uses Cadillac’s brand to show off its standards for luxury, comfort and executive-made vehicles. However, this time and with the Cadillac CT6, the bar has been raised so high that in our opinion even the next Cadillac will not be able to surpass it. General Motors has re-invented the definition of luxury vehicles with the CT6; So here’s a question for all the rivals: what’s your next move?
Our story began a few days prior to my scheduled trip to UAE, as I was wondering what car to select for this issue’s test drive, how can we make the test drive more interesting and deliver added value exceeding the usual expectations of our readers. I needed a car that impresses on first sight and helps reduce the fatigue of constant travel as I was exhausted from the various trips taken during that period of time. I thought to myself what car has all the comfort, luxury and power and is at the same time suitable for an executive on the run? What would be better than the Cadillac CT6 to fulfill those needs?
So I made the call to General Motors office in Dubai and to my hush luck the car was already reserved and not available for the selected time frame. The disappointment was clearly shown on my face that day. Just a few minutes afterwards, the guys from General Motors gave me a call to confirm that after a divine intervention the car is now available. God was on my side that day.
Hopped into the airplane and was on my way to Dubai, I was day dreaming how I would love to go and see the pilot’s cabin and realize my childhood dream of seeing an airplane cockpit however the airplane rules and regulations nowadays doesn’t allow anyone to go inside the airplane’s cockpit but that is another story.
Reaching my hotel as usual, the Cadillac CT6 was right at the entrance waiting to be delivered.
The exterior was astonishing, The CT6 had that looks that amazes you from first sight with an impression that lasts a lifetime.
Our Cadillac CT6 had an astonishing Stone Gray Metallic Color that screams this is the perfect CEO Color. The design of the exterior was even more attractive, the CT6 is a large sedan carefully crafted by General Motors’ engineers with attention to every detail, turning this machine into a luxurious flagship with a spice of sportiness.
The first thing you notice about the CT6 is its aggressive front inspired by all Cadillac’s latest designs with bold elements. The large signature Cadillac grille, and the Indirect Fire LED-powered multifunctional headlamps with daytime running functionality swept down along the front bumper gives the CT6 its forceful appearance with a touch of elegance. The sides are characterized by sweeping lines connecting the front to the rear with a low stance design for that extra sportiness feel. The rear’s design is forceful with the integrated rear spoiler and the iconic signature vertical lighting system.
Inside the cockpit, it is a whole different story. The exquisite materials used from genuine leather to carbon fiber and that touch of chrome is all about sportiness and luxury. The CT6 from the inside gave me that confusion feeling: Do I want to sit behind the wheels or get me a chauffeur and enjoy its rear seats elegance? It had so much room and comfort in the back, it felt like a first class travel deal of a lifetime. I can truly imagine myself living the life of luxury inside this amazing machine. We had the Premium Luxury trim which is over the top however the upper trim “Platinum” comes with the rear seat infotainment system that includes two independent, articulating 10-inch-diagonal HD screens. The screens have been designed to seamlessly integrate into the CT6’s cabin and retract into the front seat backs when not in use. Simply wow.
Seated behind the wheel, it felt like an airplane cockpit. The unfulfilled childhood dream of visiting an airplane cockpit is now realized with the CT6 futuristic dashboard, the roof buttons, the rear camera mirror and most importantly that gear box design that got me day dreaming of being a sky pilot. The first thing I did is turn on the ignition, fasten my seatbelt and say “this is your captain speaking, we are now ready for take-off.
And just like every Cadillac test drive we took from 2014, it had to be from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. The roads seemed empty with a complete sound isolation. I was driving alone on those long 200 Km distance roads indulging myself with sophistication or this is how it felt like; driving was never that easy. The advanced chassis structure and magnetic ride control made every turn seams un-existing. Our trim had a 3.6L V-6 direct-injected DOHC with VVT coped with the Hydra-Matic 8L45 paddle-shift eight-speed transmission setup on an All-wheel drive platform producing 335 Hp @ 6800 rpm and a 385 Nm @ 5300 rpm torque, over taking any vehicle was impressive. As for the Platinum trim we are talking about a 3.0L Twin Turbo needless to say more.
Just like any first class package, the drive inside the CT6 comes with extra benefits. The list is long as the CT6 had almost everything any CEO needs inside his flagship from connectivity to USB ports to perfectly setup storage room on the front or rear seats, Quad-Zone automatic climate control, Driver Assist Package including adaptive cruise control and Forward and Reverse Automatic Braking, Night Vision, Heated and Ventilated Seats and that Extended Comfort with five massage programs and much more. it felt like a moving SPA within a futuristic office.
And wait that is not just it, the CT6 has one feature that I liked in particular the AUTO VEHICLE HOLD which prevents the Cadillac to creep forward or backward and comes in handy to reduce fatigue when in traffic.
The Cadillac CT6 is a true game changer in the world of luxurious sedans and the price tag is lower than its rivals.
I can truly say that the Cadillac CT6 is made for only those who dare greatly.