AD #1582 – CT6 Engine Details, Chevy Dominates Sebring, Why OEMs Shouldn’t Brag About Awards

March 23rd, 2015 at 11:58am

Runtime: 6:00

- Honda Cuts Fit EV Price
- Chevy Dominates Sebring
- Cadillac CT6 Engine Details
- Lexus Teases New RX
- Why OEMs Shouldn’t Brag About Media Awards

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23 Comments to “AD #1582 – CT6 Engine Details, Chevy Dominates Sebring, Why OEMs Shouldn’t Brag About Awards”

  1. Ron Paris Says:

    Jeez John, get a grip!

  2. Mike Says:

    John: for years I’ve felt a bit uneasy about the relationship between the journalists and the Sales/Hype departments of the various car makers. Is the Motor Trend Car of the year award really worth anything? Was the opinion of any journalist influenced by swag or fancy dinners? Over time, there have been “glowing reports” of cars that turned out to be barnyard turkeys. I think there is a real question in terms of journalistic independence.

  3. Chuck Grenci Says:

    John, ‘nailed it’ (your editorial comment); if kudos are received, and you want to share, reserve ‘it’ to the buyers (out there).

  4. w l simpson Says:

    Re Honda fit sales—10 g’s over priced

  5. w l simpson Says:

  6. HtG Says:


    I also watched the race via live-stream. Anchor John Hindough, Jeremy Shaw, and pit reporter Shay Adam are so interesting and funny. One thing racing series need to work on is having commentators that animate the race, knowledgeably. Like Darrell ‘boogiddyboogiddy’ Earnhardt does for NASCAR. (I once got to shake hands with Hindough Lime Rock, thanking him and letting him know that for me he was the voice of motor racing. “Thankyouverymooch,” he said as he escaped for the aircon indoors.)

    media touting

    On the other hand, last week I/we were doing interviews and media for this DC F&G* work of mine, and I admit that I did deliberately turn the knife on advocacy group by letting them know who we were talking to. Pro tip, when WSJ writes a piece, the others will follow. Yup, competitiveness needs to factor into communications. (revenge. serve cold)

    *Fun and Games. not really. it’s quite serious

  7. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Glad to see that the Corvette C7R is back to ‘setting’ the pace; if one could connect a better ‘street’ Corvette to a racing program, this (Chevrolet) is definitely a class leader (to bringing it ‘home’). Going back to the C5R, great racers have improved this product.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    In addition to those V6′s, Cadillac should offer a Chevy V8 in their big car. It would work well, and to many people, the simplicity of the pushrod V8 is a real virtue.

  9. Chuck Grenci Says:

    There is some rumor of a Cadillac 4.5 twin-turbo V-8 in the CT6′s future (perhaps a deviation of the engine that was in the Elmiraj).

  10. RumNCoke Says:

    #6 – That must be the “lost ” Earnhardt! :)

  11. HtG Says:

    10. Oops! I meant Walton, of course. ;)

  12. Lex Says:

    I agree totally with John. I as a consumer want to have as many independent opinions on a vehicle when I am gather information to make a purchasing decision. I enjoy viewing those independent vehicle review segments on YouTube.

    John you might want to think about adding more videos to your Seat Time section. Maybe Sean, Seamus, Carmen or another member of the Autoline Family might enjoy some on-screen appearance time.

    You might also want to revist “How a Car is Born” since technology has changes since that was origianlly produced. It is fasinating to watch how man and machine take all those parts and combine then into a automobile.

  13. Mark Says:

    John, please update your logo for Cadillac. You keep using the old one in your articles about them.

  14. Brett Says:

    Motor Trend came about because when Peterson was hawking his “Hot Rod” magazine as an advertising vehicle, somebody in the automotive biz said that it was too narrowly focused for them to advertise in, but they’d love to advertise in a more generalized automotive enthusiast magazine.

    Motor Trend was founded on the basis of being a vehicle for capturing advertising revenue. Nothing more, nothing less.

  15. Buzzerd Says:

    at one time MT allowed there “journalist” to work at auto manufacturers, no bias there.

  16. Ken Says:


    RIGHT ON! I really enjoyed your genuine irritation at such a clueless practice by the auto PR departments.

    I guess they feel they have to trot out something when there aren’t enough race wins, low Nurburgring lap times, or favorable IIHS crash test results to brag about.

    Your imagined reversal of the situation, in which journalists address auto manufacturers about the virtues of their competitors’ products, drove the point home nicely.

  17. Jonathan Says:

    The new Cadillac ct6 twin turbo v6 putting 400 hp and 400 lb/ft of tq sounds impressive. Good to hear Cadillac has it’s own power train to help differentiate its product offering from other gm divisions.
    Lope fully the upcoming camaro ss 6 th gen will use the 455 hp corvette derived power plant of the corvette while the ATS and CTS upmarket versions will use their own divisions twin turbo v6.

    What say you Mr McElroy? Will these twin turbo v6 engines be a Cadillac exclusive for one year or for many years?

    I’d rather see LT1 v8 s in camaro ss leaving twin turbo v6 s for the snobby luxury buyers of Cadillac…

    Btw jaguars new XE looks like a nice choice over BMW s and Audi’s little sedans….

    Looking forward to your autoline team review of this new entrant in the 3 series competitor segment…

  18. Duke Says:

    I just cannot let this pass: Just what other engine manufacturer did anyone expect to win the USCC Prototype Challenge (PC) class – other than a Chevrolet engine?

    Well, you see, while the engine is based on the engine that Chevrolet V8 6.2L LS3 engine (that is used in Corvette & Camaro production cars), it is THE ONLY engine allowed in the PC class – as it is, in fact, a SPEC engine, prepared by Katech. It does retain the block and heads – but it is pretty much a specially prepared (strengthened) race engine – and is sealed by Katech.

    PC teams are only allowed to “touch” (replace) the spark plugs, air filter, oil filter, alternator, power steering pump, and belts.

    All other maintenance/tuning MUST BE done by Katech. It has been that way since the class was created by the ALMS in 2010.

    In short, you can safely say that a Chevrolet engine will “dominate” all races in the PC class. (it’s the only engine that is allowed). Besides taking home “the top spot” in the 12 Hours race – they also took all other spots.

    It does appear that the FiA and ACO have something else in mind – creating a spec LMP3 car for 2017, so the FLM09 CF chassis and Chevy engine probably has a definite end in sight. But there’s always the SVRA or HSR possibility in the future.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    18 Yeah, all cars in PC use Chevy engines, but the bigger point of the Sebring segment is that the top three cars, overall, were Corvettes, beating the Riley/Fords, Riley/BMW’s, and other, presumably more “exotic” machines.

  20. HtG Says:

    18.19. Keep in mind that the cars are all subject to balance of performance(BOP) which limits engine power, and that width specs for classes allow narrower cars to get even with wider ones. Tight racing is a goal of IMSA, putting the emphasis on the teams’ and execution. Hindough et al in the live-stream interviewed a racer who complained that the BOP was hobbling their car.

  21. SpicyMatzahBall Says:

    Honda Fit –> Honda hasn’t sold any new Fit EVs because they’re sold out. It was only a two-model-year production run of about 1,100 units. The new pricing promotion is being offered to extend existing leases, or to lease out any used Fit EV lease returns. I wouldn’t call it a panic sale either, there are virtually no used Fit EVs available — fewer than 10 are sitting on dealer lots as of today.

  22. Ziggy Says:

    @11 You meant Waltrip of course.

  23. HtG Says:

    22 I agree with Ziggy, again