Avant-garde styling and high-tech features are great, but the CT6 sheds the Cadillac clichés in an attempt to best its European rivals. A 265-hp 2.0-liter turbo four and eight-speed automatic drive the rear wheels; the optional 335-hp 3.6-liter V-6 and 404-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 get all-wheel drive. Onboard Wi-Fi with 4G LTE is standard, and a large touchscreen offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. High-end options include a 34-speaker stereo, giant sunroof and adaptive cruise control.
Four or five decades ago, the country-club parking lot would have been considered the natural habitat for any vehicle wearing Cadillac’s wreath and crest. But things changed somewhere in the latter half of the 20th century, when the idle rich and the aspirational merely wealthy moved on to European, and later Japanese, marques in search of the exclusivity and status that the domestic offerings seemed to have lost.
Still, here I am, wheeling up to the entrance of the club in a 2016 Cadillac CT6. Ostensibly, I’m here to deliver my mother to a social engagement, but really I just wanted to see what the khaki-and-madras types who loiter about the club think about Cadillac’s latest (which, it must be noted, doesn’t even have a wreath).