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Cadillac CT6 V-Sport gets new twin-turbo V8

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Cadillac CT6 range topper sedan is getting some extra grunt and a new trim level. The new V-Sport trim for 2019 will get a made-for-Cadillac 4.2-litre twin-turbo V8. How’s that for some muscle with your luxury?

The new V8 engine is not the only upgrade the CT6 is getting either. With some new design tweaks borrowed from Cadillac’s Escala concept, the new additions aim to give the new V-Sport model some extra incentives for buyers. The headline of course, is the new V8 twin-turbo engine that will pump out a sizable 550 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque.

Eight is Enough

The new V-Sport trim is not new to the Cadillac range, with the CTS and ATS getting V badges, but it’ll be the first for the luxury CT6. Previously the CT6 was only available with one 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine and two V6 variants, albeit one twin-turbo V6. The new V8 engine will be mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Additionally, the V-Sport will come with modified Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo brakes, and an Active Valve sports exhaust. It will also feature GM’s Active Fuel Management system which deactivates 4 cylinders at low speeds to conserve fuel.

Its got the look

Cadillac has increased the CT6’s performance pedigree but is also adding some style changes to boot. There is a new grille that will adorn the CT6-V along with some sporty aero kits that give the car a more aggressive look.

The one omission from the new V-Sport trim comes in the form of technology. While the CT6 has been in the news because of Cadillac’s new Super Cruise driving tech (aimed to give drivers a true hands-free freeway driving experience), it will not be available in the V-Sport version.

What’s your luxury sedan pick?

Cadillac sold 10,542 CT6s in 2017, and while it isn’t the number one option for large luxury sedans in the United States, it is hard to go past what’s on offer. A new CT6 starts at about USD$54000, and while we expect this new V-Sport to sit more towards to USD$70000-80000 mark, it’s still a great value proposition compared to some of its European competitors. Plus, who doesn’t love a mean looking Cadillac?

The new CT6 will be available starting early 2019. More details on the new CT6 will be unveiled at the New York Auto Show, slated to kick off at the end of March.

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Rare Ferrari GTO sells for record $70 million

How much money would you pay for the car of your dreams?

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How much money would you pay for the car of your dreams? What about a one-of-a-kind beauty that you see driving past your prestige dealer? How about a rare 1963 Ferrari GTO?

If you are Dave MacNeil, the answer to the latter, is USD $70 million. MacNeil, who is the CEO of automotive weather guard company WeatherTech, shelled out the record amount for a rare Ferrari.

It is no ordinary rare Ferrari of course. While already limited to 39 builds, this particular one, chassis number 4153 GT, is special. The car won the 1964 Tour de France motor race and finished fourth at Le Mans in 1963.

Records Broken

The $70 million paid by MacNeil eclipses the previous record for the Ferrari GTO. In 2013, a GTO was sold for a then record $53 million.

The Ferrari GTO is powered by a 3.0-litre V12 engine and is one of only 39 built between 1962-1964.

MacNeil joins an exclusive group of GTO owners that include Ralph Lauren and Walmart heir Rob Walton.

How much is too much?

When you are in the same tax bracket as the Ralph Laurens and Walmarts of the world, perhaps there really isn’t a price that is too much for a prized automobile. It is truly rarefied air when the cars in your collection exceed seven digits a piece. For the rest of us, it seems utterly ridiculous of course. Collectors however, do see the worth of these incredibly rare vehicles.

How would you rather spend $70 million? I would definitely buy an expensive sports car, but one for considerably less.

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Camaro coming to Australia as an automatic only

The Chevrolet Camaro is officially coming to Australia this year as an import from Holden Special Vehicles. Excitement may have been tempered slightly with its expected high price, and its auto-only option.

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With the demise of local manufacturing, Australian buyers looking for grunt outside of expensive European options have flocked to the Ford Mustang. Almost 10,000 ‘Stangs were sold last year, which is enough proof that, while Australians don’t make affordable muscle cars anymore, they still want to buy them.

Holden, without a flagship V8 for the first time in decades, is turning to its parent company GM for a much needed boost. Holden’s performance arm, Holden Special Vehicles, announced earlier that the Chevy Camaro, in its 2SS trim, will be made available this year.

Good News and Bad News

That’s definitely the good news portion of it. While the thrill of locally made, hotted-up Commodores have been put to bed, the Camaro is more than a worthy successor. HSV have announced the specs for the 2SS for Australia, proving that it’ll pack quite the punch to satisfy the cravings of auto enthusiasts and muscle car fans.

The Australian 2SS Camaros will come with a 6.2-litre Gen 5 LT1 V8, packing 454hp (339kW) and 455 ft-lb of torque (617Nm). It will have Brembo brakes, a bi-modal exhaust, tons of technology and a variety of colour options.

So what is bad news here? Well, the Camaros have started arriving in Australia in your factory standard left-hand drive version. They are being converted to right-hand drive by HSV, which will add a hefty bump to the price tag. While no official numbers have been released just yet, speculation is that the price will come in around USD$60,400 (AUD$80,000). That’s almost $20k more than made-for-Australia Mustangs. HSV says they will be looking to keep numbers at 1,000 units a year, well below that of Ford’s current Mustang sales.

Another sticking point for performance enthusiasts is that the Australian Camaros will be available with an automatic transmission only. I know that probably stings, so I’ll let that sink in for a moment. Equipped with paddle shifters, it’ll be mated to an 8-speed auto transmission, which means the Camaro will be based on the outgoing 2018 model, and not the new 2019.

Still a Winner

Time will tell how the factory-backed Camaro will do. European performance cars have done pretty well with automatic transmissions, so it shouldn’t really hurt that much. While on the pricey side, the Camaro will still be far more affordable than an Audi RS or BMW M-series. It is a just a shame that this particular car, one that is aimed at filling in some lofty Commodore shoes, comes a little shackled from the get-go.

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