This Craigslist Cadillac CT6-V Is the Cheapest Way to Get a Blackwing V8 in Your Garage
It may be a dead car walking, but it's still a 550 horsepower Cadillac sedan.
The story of the Cadillac CT6 is an unfortunate one, but we should all feel lucky that at least the world got the Blackwing V8 out of the big sedan's tortured existence. In the doomed CT6-V, the hand-built, twin-turbo motor makes 550 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque, which is just enough to make you forgive the lackluster interior. Not so forgivable was its $95,000 starting price. But hey, that's why Craigslist exists.
Found outside Hartford, Connecticut is this 2020 Cadillac CT6-V with just 520 miles on the odometer, reportedly used as a GM demo vehicle before ending up on the List for $83,900.
That's a discount of more than ten grand for a basically-new car that's bound to be a collectible one day in the not-too-distant future. It even has the better-looking 20-spoke wheels. And check that Blackwing in the engine bay—say what you will about Cadillac's penchant for cost-cutting, but that metal cover looks the business. Thanks, Kathy Walker, one of just six GM workers certified to build the Blackwing.
And since it's a CT6-V, it has 50 more horsepower than the CT6 platinum. That's in addition to a massive 640 lb-ft of torque that'll propel you past more pedestrian vehicles on the highway. The sprint to 60 mph is also less than pedestrian, taking place in just 3.8 seconds.
Other impressive performance feats, such as a 9.1-second 0-100 and 12.2-second quarter-mile are all achieved despite the CT6-V's portly curb weight of 4,471 pounds. And while that may sound like a lot—and it is—it's lighter than any other V8-equipped sedan in its segment, including the 'carbon-core' BMW 7 Series. That relative light weight allows it to maintain 0.90g on the skidpad.
Combine those impressive specs with GM's 10-speed automatic, plus a bit of AWD for some all-season usability, and there's only one problem with this car—the color (which isn't black.) The engine is called the Blackwing, it's a massive Cadillac that insists you get out of its way, and it isn't black. That just doesn't feel right to me.
But then again, a $10,000 discount is a $10,000 discount.
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