The slow-selling Cadillac CT6 just received the upgraded performance and styling it deserved from get-go. From the ATS and CTS to the behemoth Escalade, it’s generally accepted that Cadillac can make an outstanding car, but for some reason, they can’t steal sales away from Deutschland. Now, with a healthy amount of design language borrowed from the Escala concept introduced at Pebble Beach in 2016 and an all-new 4.2 -liter twin turbo V8 engine, the CT6 now has a fighting chance.

The refreshed flagship sedan now comes in a V-Sport trim to sit above the standard version. Let’s be clear though, the ‘standard’ version comes with 500 horsepower, but it’s the upgraded V-Sport engine putting 550 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels making all the headlines.

Giving credit where credit is due, it’s about time Cadillac is more aggressive putting the stunning styles of its concept cars into production. On the other hand, the inside-V twin-turbo might be all-new to Cadillac, but BMW, Audi and Mercedes have been using that architecture for quite some time and with incredible success. However, it just goes to show that engine layout is the way forward and it’s also worth noting this is one of the first high-profile instances in a long time that GM gave Cadillac some juicy engineering before the precious Camaro and Corvette.

Speaking of the Corvette, its home in Bowling Green, Kentucky is precisely where Cadillac is assembling the all-new engine, and by hand no less. Similar to the AMGs coming out of Affalterbach, the Caddy engines will be stamped and signed by the factory worker who built it too. I also want to point out this is just one more dot to connect with my theory about Cadillac testing the top-secret next-generation Corvette engine, but I’ll wait a little longer to say “I told you so.”

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