General Motors has just made an announcement similar to the one Ford made earlier in 2018. GM isn’t killing off all of its sedans like Ford is, but it is cutting a significant chunk out of its sedan portfolio, along with shutting down a bunch of American factories. As a result, every GM brand in the U.S., other than GMC, will have a few casualties. One such casualty is the Cadillac CT6 — and along with it, the CT6-V. That’s right — that means the CT6-V, which is all-new for 2019, will be discontinued after its introduction and will only be around for one model year.
To recap, the CT6-V is a new sport sedan from Cadillac. It was called the CT6 V-Sport when it was first unveiled, but Cadillac has since changed its name and it has graduated to a real V car ahead of its release. The brand-new Blackwing 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 engine was developed specifically for this car, which will only exist for one year. Presumably (and hopefully) Cadillac will find another use for this 550-horsepower beast of an engine, perhaps in a crossover.
Despite the 2019 Cadillac CT6-V not even being out yet, I’m confident that this car is a future classic. It will be remembered as that one time GM developed an all-new high-performance V8 engine specifically for Cadillac, put it in a big sedan for one year and then discontinued the car. This is not only a weird story, but the car itself is looking very promising. If Cadillac gets this right like it always has with its V models, then this big sport sedan will be a sought-after collectible for enthusiasts.
Normally Cadillac sedans depreciate like crazy after not all that much age, but I don’t know if that will be the case with this one. It might be able to command high transaction prices on the used market for its unique engine and its availability is limited to just one model year, much like the Pontiac G8 and the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon.
Whenever Cadillac comes out with a really good performance car, it tends to grow a cult-like following and, for some reason, really hang on to their values. Either way, the CT6-V is certainly a car I’ll have my eye on a few years from now when it does depreciate. I’m hoping it depreciates like the STS-V and not like the CTS-V Wagon, and I’m really hoping the word doesn’t get out if and when you can get these cheap.