2024 Cadillac Lyriq V Might Have Leaked Via Official Accessory Site
Cadillac’s first performance EV seems to be coming as a hotted-up version of the handsome Lyriq crossover.
General Motors appears to have accidentally confirmed plans to release Cadillac's first performance EV, the 2024 Cadillac Lyriq V. When it will arrive is uncertain, but its existence seems all but confirmed at this point.
GM's slip-up occurred on Cadillac's official accessories site, which a user of Cadillac Society noticed had an entry for a V trim under the 2024 Lyriq. The drop-down menu has since been updated to remove the V, but not before screenshots were taken as proof. Cadillac, however, declined to comment on the change when contacted.
Whether or not the Lyriq V is coming as a 2024 model, we can still be confident one's on the way due to past statements by Cadillac officials. Asked about the Lyriq V last year, GM's interior design general manager confirmed V-Series models will remain part of Cadillac's EV future. He didn't explicitly confirm a Lyriq V, but its odds are far stronger than those for the smaller Cadillac EV debuting this year, or for the more luxury-oriented Celestiq. Blackwing is another, less certain matter, but Cadillac will cross that bridge when it comes to it.
In the meantime, we can set baseline expectations for what to expect from Cadillac's first foray into performance EVs. At launch, the Lyriq made 340 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, propelling a porky 5,610 pounds. It's hard to see it getting much lighter without the use of costly composites, though extra power won't be hard to wring from its huge, 102-kilowatt-hour battery. Five-hundred hp seems like a fair expectation given its size relative to the battery of the larger, 1,000-hp GMC Hummer EV, and would be enough to turn the Lyriq into the kind of brisk cruiser you'd expect an electric V-Series to be.
If the Lyriq V is indeed coming as a 2024 model, it'll likely be revealed within a year, and launched not long after. Maybe sooner, too—a win for Cadillac's prototype racing team would be the perfect occasion to announce the first electric V, no?
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