Founded in 2003, the Cadillac V-Series lineup continues to offer that heady combination of performance and luxury, with all the right features to coddle on the street, plus the go-fast goodies to thrill on the race track. Such is the case for the recently debuted Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing sedans. However, it’s unclear how many V-Series owners actually use all that performance potential by bringing their vehicles to the track. With that in mind, we asked V-Series Blackwing chief engineer Mirza Grebovic to shed some light on the issue.
In a recent interview with GM Authority Executive Editor Alex Luft, Grebovic provided some insight into the percentage of Cadillac V-Series owners that tracked their vehicle.
“We know anecdotally that there is a good amount of them, but it’s difficult to put together an exact figure, because it depends on who you ask,” Grebovic said. “Generally speaking, more V-Series owners take their car to the track compared to those with non-V cars.”
With General Motors’ extensive history in the world of performance and motorsport, there’s plenty of precedent for tracking this kind of thing.
“We used to have GM Performance (High-Performance Vehicle Operations) and conducted a lot of studies for Camaro, Corvette, Cadillac V-Series, and a lot of other performance variants we worked on, including – back in the day – the Cobalt SS, TrailBlazer SS,” Grebovic told GM Authority. “And I can tell you that when we were working on the fifth-gen Camaro, we conducted surveys and they were in the 30-40 percent.”
Of course, there’s still the question of what sort of track use we’re talking about.
“Some customers are very straight-line oriented, some are very road track oriented, and others love the autocross because it doesn’t put as much wear and tear on the vehicles,” Grebovic said.
Overall, an estimate of roughly 30 to 40 percent is about right for track use among Cadillac V-Series owners. Which isn’t bad, all things considered.
Indeed, the Cadillac V-Series models have plenty to offer when it comes to high-performance fun, especially the latest Blackwing sedans, and it takes a race track to make the most of that performance – as 30 to 40 percent of owners can attest.