Caddy recently pulled the sheets on its very first all-electric vehicle, the Cadillac Lyriq crossover, revealing the luxury EV in full production-ready form. Interestingly, comments made by a Cadillac executive during the media presentation for the Cadillac Lyriq indicate that the luxury marque is considering development of a new high-performance variant.
During the Cadillac Lyriq media presentation, Vice President of Global Cadillac, Rory Harvey, was asked about a potential high-performance Lyriq variant, possibly something under Caddy’s V-Series line of vehicles. Although Harvey’s response was cagey at best, it appears as though a Cadillac Lyriq V-Series is indeed under consideration:
“I’m not going to answer that question directly at this point in time, we need some other information to talk about that,” Harvey said in response to a question about a Cadillac Lyriq-V. “But the way that I would respond to that is that if you look to Cadillac in the past, having sporty variants has been part of our heritage and we understand that there is a need and a desire and that is something that we’re looking at and evaluating looking forward. So more to come on that.”
For now, the Cadillac Lyriq’s specs include a standard GM Ultium powertrain with a 100-kWh battery pack and permanent magnet electric motor driving the rear wheels, with output rated at 340 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. Range-per-charge is estimated at more than 300 miles, with 195 miles of range gained in 30 minutes when plugged into a DC Fast Charge source.
In terms of chassis and suspension, the Cadillac Lyriq rides on the GM BEV3 electric vehicle platform, with a five-link setup in front and back. Curb weight tips the scales at 5,610 pounds. For now, performance specs like 0-to-60 mph time and top speed are unavailable.
Harvey’s comments follow a related statement made by Cadillac Chief Engineer Tony Roma, who recently indicated that more Cadillac Blackwing and V-Series models were on the way. Although Roma declined to say exactly which models would get the Blackwing and V-Series treatment, the prospect of a new high-performance Cadillac Lyriq-V is certainly enticing, to say the least.