The Cadillac Lyriq AWD represents a very promising direction for the luxury marque’s future. Providing a heathy combination of refinement, luxury and EV performance, the electric luxury crossover is just the beginning of Cadillac’s plan to field a lineup comprised entirely of electric vehicles by 2030. One of the finer points of Cadillac’s transition to electric vehicles has been the way in which the luxury marque will badge its EVs. While we know that the Lyriq with the base, single motor powertrain (the rear-wheel-drive model) has been badged as 450E, the bigger mystery was what the AWD model – which adds a second motor at the front axle – would be badged as. GM Authority has the answer.
The Cadillac Lyriq Sport AWD model will wear a 700E4 badge in China (the badging for the North American-marker model will be different). Following Cadillac’s torque-based alphanumeric naming convention, the “700” represents 710 Nm (524 pound-feet of torque), the “E” refers to the model’s all-electric drivetrain, and the “4” constitutes AWD.
As for what the 700E4 badge means from a mechanical standpoint, the Lyriq Sport AWD is equipped with two permanent magnet synchronous electric motors – one on each axle. With this configuration, the electric Caddy has the ability to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, while the driving range is rated at 287 miles, the latter based on the CLTL standard.
Interestingly, the Chinese-market Lyriq uses a different Ultium battery pack, one that seemingly uses cylindrical cells instead of pouch-style cells used by its North American counterpart. For this, SAIC-GM – the Chinese joint venture responsible for GM operations and production in China – is working with a different partner than LG Chem.
As a reminder, GM Authority was first to capture photos of the Lyriq Sport testing on public roads in the United States. It wasn’t long after that the Lyriq Sport AWD was officially unveiled in the Chinese market. In fact, the Cadillac opened pre-orders for that region, and first deliveries started in December 2022. Meanwhile, the rear-drive Cadillac Lyriq launched in China in early June in Luxury and Prestige trims, and began shipping in late September when the first units rolled out of line at the Cadillac Jinqiao plant in Shanghai.
In any event, the Chinese-market Lyriq AWD features the highest numerical badge of any Cadillac model currently on sale, but not of all time. That honor is reserved for the Cadillac CT6 Platinum, which featured a detuned version of the 4.2L LTA V8 twin-turbo engine, otherwise known as the Blackwing engine. This CT6 wore an 800T badge, where the ‘T’ designated a turbocharged engine while the “800” was derived from the car’s 778 Nm of torque. Per Cadillac’ aforementioned naming strategy, that figure was rounded to the nearest 50, becoming 800. For those wondering, the horsepower rating was 500 and the torque in pound-feet was a healthy 574.