The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq AWD will have a maximum torque rating of roughly 524 pound-feet of torque, as confirmed in details released by Cadillac China back in May. It turns out this figure was not representative of this trim level’s performance specs here in North America, though, as the automaker’s U.S. website now indicates the crossover will have a bit less muscle on this side of the Pacific.
According to Cadillac.com, the U.S.-spec 2023 Cadillac Lyriq AWD will produce roughly 500 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque from its dual-motor powertrain. The Chinese-spec model, by comparison, is rated at 710 Newton Meters, which is equivalent to 524 pound-feet of torque. It’s currently unclear why there’s a discrepancy between the Chinese-spec model and the North American variant. One theory is that there isn’t any difference at all between the Lyriq models sold in the markets, and the discrepancy is simply a matter of different numerical standards used to measure power and torque.
Cadillac China also indicated the crossover would be able to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and boasted a top speed of 130 mph. It’s not clear if these same performance statistics will apply to the U.S.-spec model, or if the difference in torque will affect acceleration and top speed. The Lyriq AWD will also use the same 100.4 kWh lithium-ion battery as the Lyriq RWD, with range set to be slightly lower than that model’s 312-mile EPA estimate as result.
Production of the U.S.-spec 2023 Cadillac Lyriq AWD will commence later this year, with the customer deliveries set to commence in early 2023. Pricing for the AWD model starts at $64,990.
As a reminder, the Cadillac Lyriq is equipped with GM Ultium battery technology and GM Ultium drive motor technology, and rides on the GM BEV3 platform. Production of the full Cadillac Lyriq range takes place exclusively at the GM Spring Hill plant in Tennessee.