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Cadillac Adds ‘800T’ Badge to 2020 CT6 Platinum

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2019 Cadillac CT6-V "800T" badge
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At the 2019 Miami International Auto Show, Cadillac displayed the new 2020 CT6 Platinum. The model had a brand new ‘800T’ badge, which is a result of a torque-based naming scheme.

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The reasoning behind the badge

Cadillac is planning on using the torque-based naming scheme on future models. The naming scheme represents the torque of each model’s engine with a number. To arrive at the number, Cadillac takes the torque amount in newton-meters and then rounds the amount to a multiple of 50.

The 2020 CT6 Platinum that was at the auto show was equipped with a 4.2-liter BlackwingTM Twin Turbo V8 engine. This engine pairs with a 10-speed automatic transmission to produce 500 horsepower and 574 lb-ft of torque. The torque is equivalent to 774 newton-meters of torque. As such, the torque rounds up to 800, leading to the “800T” badge.

Currently, Cadillac CT5 models that are equipped with the 3.0-liter V6 engine feature the “550T” badge. This V6 engine delivers 335 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, which equates to 543 newton-meters.

The reason Cadillac is using this naming scheme is that it makes it easier to compare the torques of gasoline and electric models. The entirety of an electric vehicle’s torque is produced from zero RPM, so the badging number demonstrates the power of an EV better than horsepower does. As such, you will be able to more easily pick the Cadillac model that meets your performance needs going forward.

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Thus far, the “800T” badge is the largest number that’s been seen on Cadillac models following the torque-based naming scheme. It will be interesting to see how the badges are incorporated on future Cadillac models.

News Source: GM Authority