Regular readers of GM Authority will be aware that, in March of this year, Cadillac Performance Variant Manager Mirza Grebovic discussed with us how likely it was for owners of Cadillac V-Series high-performance vehicles to drive them on a race track. Incidentally, when one says “track,” that could mean a great many related yet quite different activities, such as drag strip, road course, and autocross. But now, a new and rather unexpected track activity has become to show signs of interest.
“Believe it or not, drifting has started to come up in the latest discussions – how many folks are taking their vehicles to a drift event,” Grebovic added during the same interview.
“There is an ATS-V in the drifting scene now,” he added. And indeed there is. Formula Drift competitor Taylor Hull’s Cadillac ATS-V has a supercharged GM 7.0L V8 LS7 and produces around 900 horsepower at the wheels.
“We’re keeping the finger on the pulse of what customers do with the vehicles,” Grebovic concluded. He and his team will be very much aware that the perception of Cadillac is gradually changing, largely due to the brand’s goals and accompanying direction over the last two decades.
Historically, Cadillac has been a purveyor of luxury vehicles, but it has gradually begun to add sport and performance elements. In the days when Cadillac sold a bunch of very large vehicles with V8 engines driving the front wheels, that would have been unimaginable.
At present, the only available V-Series Cadillacs are the Cadillac CT4-V and Cadillac CT5-V high-performance luxury sedans. In just a few weeks, they will be joined by the new ultra-high-performance Cadillac Blackwing models, namely the 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing. The latter will be the most powerful model the brand has ever put into production – its supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 engine produces 668 horsepower and 659 pound-feet of torque.
And, as GM Authority had previously reported, a high performance version of the Cadillac Escalade – expected to be called Escalade-V – is in development, and has been seen testing several times, and is expected to launch in about two years’ time.
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