FROM the moment I got my driver’s license its been a dream to drive a Cadillac, you know, the long convertible Fleetwood’s you see in old American movies. Elvis owned a bright pink one.
So when the chance came up, who was I to turn it down? After all, if they’re good enough for The King of Rock and Roll, they’re good enough for me.
Okay, so I wasn’t driving my dream car, but instead I’m at the wheel of the new CT6.
It’s designed with luxury in mind and few can doubt it’s got that in abundance, the Opus leather massage seats are as good as any spa I’ve been too. Not that I’m a man who treats himself to pamper days very often but, they’re so relaxing it’s easy to forget you’re driving a car and not relaxing at Champneys.
As you’d expect with an American motor, it’s big. Perhaps too big for UK roads and certainly too wide for the country roads I live down.
With that said it’s not designed for the pothole-ridden side roads in Surrey. This is a car built for cruising. For those executive types who do long motorway journeys and want to have their backs massaged en route.
Despite its size, it’s an easy car to drive but sadly not that exciting; the suspension makes it a smooth ride but also takes out any thrills. Although fitted with a twin-turbocharged 3-litre V6 engine, it’s not great for flinging round corners.
The most impressive thing about the CT6 is the world’s first Rear Camera Mirror, which does exactly what it says on the tin. Instead of a traditional mirror, you’re looking into a camera which gives you a much wider, and clearer, view and stops your passengers getting in the way in the back. The lens itself is specially coated to stop water siting on the camera. Now I’m used to it, I don’t bother use the normal mirror again – which can be switched back to.
The lane-assisted steering works well too, the steering wheel literally tugs itself back into the lane if it senses you’re veering off to the side. At times it feels like the car’s driving itself, especially on the long straight roads. In fact, the car literally does stop itself thanks to the pedestrian collision mitigation that alerts the brakes automatically to avoid collisions – not that this was activated during my test drive thankfully.
The top spec CT6 Platinum, which includes TV screens and wifi will cost £69,990 – a pretty penny for a car which won’t be available in right hand drive, but if it’s comfort you’re looking for you’ll do well to top this.
It’s going to be a long journey for Cadillac to convince Brits to choose this over, say a Jaguar XJ, but then long journeys are what they’re cut out for.
If it’s excitement you’re after, this isn’t the one for you, and while I’ve enjoyed my first taste of the Cadillac brand, my heart still aches for that 1950s convertible… just maybe not a pink one.
KEY FACTS: Cadillac CT6
Engine: 3L V6 Twin Turbo
0-62mph: 5.7 seconds
Top speed: 149mph
Length: 5.1 metres
Turning circle: 12.2 metres