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Cadillac CT6: Bigger, Lighter than the Chrysler 300

by Patrick Rall on

The 2016 Cadillac CT6 made its formal debut this morning at the 2015 New York International Auto Show and while this new GM luxury car has its sights set on the likes of the BMW 7 Series and Audi A8, this is another full size luxury car that will compete with the Chrysler 300 in the US. Yes, the Cadillac will cost far more and be slightly larger, but with the overall dimensions being so similar, someone considering a loaded up 300 could also look at the new CT6.

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The new Cadillac CT6 will come with all sorts of technology that allow it to compete with the higher end BMW, Audi, Lexus and Mercedes sedans, but in its base form, the new large luxury sedan will feature a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 265 horsepower, an 8-speed automatic transmission, standard rear wheel drive and a curb weight starting around 3,700lbs. The entry level 2015 Chrysler 300 comes with the Pentastar V6 engine with 300 horsepower, an 8-speed automatic transmission, standard rear wheel drive and a curb weight starting around 4,029lbs, so while the Cadillac has less power, that 300lbs weight advantage could make a big difference.

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The Cadillac CT6 is 204 inches in length and has a wheelbase of 122.4 inches while the Chrysler 300 is just 198.6 inches long with a 120.2 inch wheelbase. Even though it is 6 inches longer, trimming 300lbs should allow the Caddy to make better use of the available power while likely being more fuel efficient. Also, the CT6 has a new premium twin turbocharged V6 engine that is expected to deliver 400 horsepower and 400lb-ft of torque, so in its most powerful form, the Cadillac has an advantage in power over the 300’s 363hp and 394lb-ft of torque. The key difference with the premium engines is that the Cadillac twin turbo V6 only comes with all-wheel drive while the Hemi only comes with rear wheel drive.

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This will make the CT6 more attractive to those who want the surefootedness of AWD, but it also adds weight and cost to a car that is likely going to start at a far higher price point than the 300. Fortunately for GM, the lightweight construction of the new large sedan will counteract the weight of the all-wheel drive, but for someone shopping on a budget, the most powerful Cadillac CT6 will likely come with a dose of sticker shock. Based on current Cadillac pricing, the CT6 could start in the low $50k range and travel well into the $60-70k range (if not higher).

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If you build a fully loaded 2015 Chrysler 300C Platinum on the company website, you get a price of $51,920. The Cadillac CT6 will likely have more optional gadgets, but in base form, there is a good chance that it will cost more than the fully loaded 300C Platinum. While the Cadillac CT6 will be slightly larger and have slightly more power in premium trim, the Chrysler 300 will offer many of the same amenities for a fraction of the price.

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The CT6 will have some things that the Chrysler cannot offer, such as the 34-speaker Bose sound system, the Magnetic Ride Control suspension system and rear wheel steering, but for those large luxury sedan buyers who want the most luxury bang for their buck, the Chrysler 300 still has a decided advantage.

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.


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