2018 Cadillac CT6 vs. 2018 Porsche Panamera
The traditional sedan has seen a major makeover in recent years, with meaningful upgrades to its performance, exterior looks, and interior comfort. With nearly every major automaker offering its modern interpretation of the classic sedan, today’s model is a marked departure from the car your grandfather used to drive.
Two major automakers, Cadillac and Porsche, provide a major boost to the luxury sedan landscape with the 2018 Cadillac CT6 and the 2018 Porsche Panamera. Cadillac brings an update of its legendary plush, luxurious comfort, and Porsche evolves beyond its iconic sports car history with these impressive four-door entries.
The Cadillac CT6 is certainly a beautiful car for cruising around town, but it is capable of much more. The Standard, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum trims, as well as the CT6 Plug-In models, are equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo engine with an impressive 265 horsepower.
The engine can be upgraded to either a 3.6-liter V-6 engine with 335 horsepower or the fierce 3.0-liter twin turbo V-6 with a blazing 404 horsepower. All models feature an eight-speed automatic transmission, with all-wheel drive on the V-6 engines.
The Porsche Panamera offers five powertrains also built on eight-speed automatic transmissions. The base Panamera, Panamera 4, Panamera 4 Sport Turismo, and Panamera 4 Executive come equipped with a 3.0-liter turbo V-6 engine with 330 horsepower.
The Panamera 4S models (4S, Sport Turismo, and Executive) house a heftier 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 under the hood that’s capable of 440 horsepower. The speedy Panamera Turbo series cars boast a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that rockets to 550 horsepower.
The Panamera 4 Hybrid models (Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Executive) come with a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 + electric motor that reaches a staggering 680 horsepower.
Luxury & Convenience
The interior of the Panamera provides an incredibly quiet level of comfort. The Panamera comfortably seats four adults in standard partial-leather, heated front seats with an available upgrade to premium-leather, ventilated massage front and rear seats. The rich interior color options of deep burgundy, velvety cream, and rich brown continue the upscale feel.
The materials and finishes on the Cadillac CT6 provide an exceedingly comfortable, plush ride. The CT6 provides spacious seating room for five adults, particularly useful on longer drives. The CT6 comes equipped with standard leather seats and 14-way adjustable powered front seats for customizable comfort. Additional options include heated and ventilated massaging front and rear seats and power-adjustable rear seats.
The Standard model Cadillac CT6 has an MSRP of $54,090, with the top Platinum model starting at $84,295.
The base Panamera has an MSRP of $85,000, and the top-of-the-line Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo has an MSRP of $188,400.
Both cars like the Porsche Panamera and Cadillac CT6 present ultimate luxury and performance packaged into a sleek four-door sedan. While the Porsche offers higher-octane performance options, the corresponding price for the slightly extra speed is truly astronomical. For the price of a more run-of-the-mill mid-size sedan, you can get the genre-defining luxury and performance of a Cadillac with its stunning CT6.