As we wait for the Cadillac CT6 to arrive to the Don Wheaton showroom, we are learning some very interesting things about new high-performance luxury sedan. The more we learn about the new Cadillac CT6, the more excited we get about it. At this point, we don’t know much in regards to exact performance numbers, horsepower, fuel economy, etc.; but we do have enough to make a few educated guesses. Cadillac engineers and designers haven taken some notes from the team that worked on the 2016 Chevy Camaro. Like its Chevy stablemate, the new Cadillac CT6 has gone through a major weight reduction effort and has shed about 90 kilograms.
Much of the weight was kept away from the new Cadillac CT6 by replacing as much steel with high strength aluminum. More than 60 percent of the new Cadillac vehicle’s supporting structure, including all body panels, are made from a mix of aluminum and steel. Some of the components are made through high-pressure die casting and steel close-out panels to ensure that the cabin is nearly completely devoid of road noise but still manages to keep the gross weight of the Cadillac CT6 as low as possible.
“The structure of the CT6 is one of the most-advanced body systems we’ve ever produced,” Travis Hester, Cadillac CT6 executive chief engineer said in Cadillac press release. “The innovation surrounding our joining techniques have enabled us to create a vehicle structure with the highest torsional rigidity of any Cadillac while achieving one of the most mass-efficient vehicles in the segment.”
All of the close attention to the weight of the Cadillac CT6 and the powerful engine that is destined to be placed under the hood of the sedan, is making the all-new CT6 the lightest and most agile full-size luxury sedan. Cadillac engineers have built the new CT6 to have dimensions similar to that of the BMW 7-series while still providing out standing fuel economy.
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