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The First-Ever CT6: Agility and Indulgence

Room for everything but compromise – High-end materials and creature comforts are what elevate an ordinary drive into an extraordinary one. But modern indulgences are heavy, and weight is the enemy in a performance car. It reduces acceleration and increases braking distance, compromising the vehicle’s overall agility. It was up to the CT6 design team to strike a balance between an effortless driving feel, and a pleasurable riding experience.

"There is a trade-off between performance and comfort in our competitors. In the CT6, we have the best of both worlds."
JEFF LUNDY, LEAD DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER ON THE CT6
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To create a sedan that was powerful, agile and lightweight, the team had to drastically reduce the overall mass of the CT6, while increasing stiffness in the frame for better control. So Cadillac engineers developed an innovative mixed-metal approach for the body, trading dense steel in some areas for lightweight aluminum, a method that, in some places, resulted in a honeycomb pattern. This unique structural arrangement reinforces strength and rigidity, while removing unnecessary weight. As a result, the CT6 is one of the lightest vehicle in its class. But no single team was solely responsible for weight reduction on the CT6. Interior and exterior designers alike worked down to the ounce to cut down on weight, with weekly check-ins throughout the design process to make sure every team was on track.

Magnetic Ride Control and Active Rear Steering, both available in the CT6

The engineers paired this streamlined frame with a responsive drivetrain. To maintain smoothness while moving through gears, they used dual-clutch transmissions (most often found in exotic sports cars) as their benchmark for performance. Coupled with features like standar All-Wheel Drive, the CT6 offers one of the most responsive rides in the Cadillac lineup.

Magnetic Ride Control assesses the road surface up to 1,000 times per second, adjusting the suspension for a smoother ride over troublesome roads. In low speed conditions, Active Rear Steering actually turns the rear wheels, giving the CT6 better manoeuvrability in tight areas. At high speeds, the rear wheels move in tandem with those in the front, allowing the vehicle to glide into the next lane without turning.

Creating the opulent CT6 interior required just as much fine-tuning. The seats were designed using dynamic pressure mapping, a process that identifies areas causing pressure or friction called “hot spots,” so the designers could eliminate them accordingly. Available Extended Comfort Seats adjust up to 20 ways, with ergonomic contours to provide more support. The seats in the CT6 are wrapped in Opus leather, a material that is more difficult to work with than other industrial leathers, but offers a silkier feel.

Detail of the illuminated door sill
A closer look at the perforated Opus leather
Detail of the illuminated door sill
A closer look at the perforated Opus leather

The rear seats in the CT6 were designed to be as comfortable as those in the front. It is the first Cadillac model with available Rear Reclining and Massage Seats; they come with up to five settings and three degrees of intensity. Rear Passengers can also take advantage of the Blu-ray™-compatible Rear Seat Infotainment System, which is equipped with 10’’ screens and available wireless headphones. HDMI ports make it simple to stream television and movies through Chromecast and Amazon Fire.

Rear seat technology

However, comfort goes far beyond just the feeling of the seats. It is about taking a more human approach to design, understanding how a person will interact with the vehicle on a day-to-day basis.

"Comfort is in how you place the occupant in the vehicle. It is in the optimal placement for the wheel, mirror, and pillars. It includes visibility and feet feeling on the pedals."
TRAVIS HESTER, EXECUTIVE CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE PREMIUM LUXURY SEGMENT OF CADILLAC

The CT6 was born from the design team’s single-minded pursuit for excellence, and finding a balance between agility and indulgence was only the first in a long list of objectives. Follow along as DareGreatly.eu explores the intersections of design, technology, power and performance in the CT6, while providing an exclusive look at its televised debut.

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