Cadillac announced today their engine lineup for the next-generation CTS that will be shown at the New York show next week. The lineup includes the 2.0T four-cylinder, 3.6L V6, and a new 3.6L V6 with twin turbos. This engine produces an immense 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque.
So how does it compare to the competition? For curiosity sake, I have created a comparison chart with the new TT V6 and the competition. My thoughts are underneath the table.
For starters, TT 3.6L seems directly aimed at competitors equipped with V8 engine. Horsepower is matched by the Audi and Infiniti M56, while torque is just behind the 550i and E550.
The CTS TT 3.6 is pipped by the S6 in the run to 60 MPH, mostly due to the quattro AWD system and seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. But being only 0.1 second off the S6, I wondering if the CTS' eight-speed has better gearing or is lighter than the S6, which tips the scales at 4,398 lbs.
Fuel economy wise, the new TT 3.6 sits in the middle in the City, while its second to last on the highway cycle. I do wonder where it land when the EPA rates the combined number; my guess is somewhere in the middle.
Other items for your consideration:
- Out of this group, the Infiniti M56 is the only naturally-aspirated V8.
- How does the S6 get 27 MPG on the highway? Thank cylinder-deactivation.
- BMW 550i is the only model to have the choice of a manual and automatic. Also, if you want the top speed raised on your 550i, be prepared to shell out $2,900 for the M Sport Package.
- Rumor has it that Mercedes-Benz will drop the twin-turbo V8 for a twin-turbo V6 within the next few years.
- As I reported this morning, the TT 3.6L V6 will be in the 2014 XTS. We didn't know the performance figures at the time, but Todd Lassa at Automobile Magazine says 410 horsepower and 370 pound-feet of torque. It will stick with a six-speed automatic though.
Where do you stand on this? Does the new TT 3.6L have a chance?