Cadillac is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the V-Series sub-brand, marking two decades since the debut of the CTS-V.R in the SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge GT race at Sebring. Over the years, Cadillac’s V-Series models have offered a combination of luxury and track-ready performance, which is now set to continue into the all-electric space, most likely with the new Cadillac Lyriq-V, as GM Authority was the first to report. Which raises one very interesting question – will EVs be the better expression of the Cadillac V-Series than the ICE models that came before?
Before you grab the torches and pitchforks in the comments section, let’s explore the idea. For starters, EVs are quick – very quick, in fact, a characteristic that definitely falls in line with the Cadillac V-Series brand. Chalk it up to a vertical torque curve and huge power levels, and EVs can be insanely quick in a straight line.
But what about in the corners? Although EVs tend to be quite heavy, a lot of the heft is mounted low thanks to flat battery packs under the floor. As such, EVs can handle surprisingly well for how heavy they are. Throw in a set of super-sticky tires, and EVs can have a tenacious grip on the road.
Even so, all that doesn’t necessarily translate into quick lap times. Sometimes, though, it does. The all-electric Porsche Taycan, for example, set a new EV lap record at the infamous Nurburgring race track in Germany earlier this year, blazing around Nordschleife in a mind-bending 7:07.55. By comparison, the ICE-powered Chevy Corvette Z06 lapped the ‘Ring in 7:12.64.
Which brings us to perhaps the most controversial aspect of EVs, at least for performance enthusiasts – the sound. It goes without saying that an uncorked internal combustion monster sounds amazing, and always will. But that’s not to say all EVs sound terrible. Sometimes, battery-powered models can even sound cool – in our opinion, the GMC Hummer EV’s various sound patterns are a decent example of this.
Either way, the EV versus ICE debate is sure to rage on endlessly, and it remains to be seen if the market prefers an EV Cadillac V-Series over an ICE-powered Cadillac V-Series. For now, at least.