A new speed and performance boost is now available for the 2024 Cadillac Lyriq AWD in the form of the Velocity powertrain upgrade.
The Velocity upgrade is priced at $1,200 and is delivered as an over-the-air update to the vehicle’s software system, digitally enhancing the 2024 Cadillac Lyriq powertrain to deliver more torque, providing extra speed and responsiveness.
Velocity Mode replaces Sport Mode in the menu of the purchaser’s Cadillac Lyriq AWD once the one-time purchase has been made and installed. The Velocity upgrade boosts torque by 74 pound-feet, raising the peak rating from 450 pound-feet to 524 pound-feet, which matches the torque output of the Chinese-spec Lyriq AWD.
The extra torque gives the upgraded 2024 Cadillac Lyriq additional speed and acceleration, giving it performance feel. GM asserts that the zero to 60 mph time improves from the standard AWD variant’s 4.7 seconds to 4.4, trimming 0.3 seconds off the acceleration time. GM says the boost can be felt and potentially provides a more fun, exciting driving experience.
Cadillac‘s update to the Cadillac Lyriq manual notes that Velocity Mode should be used “where road conditions or personal preference demand a more controlled response.” Most settings are the same as the replaced Sport Mode, but the EV gains “additional propulsion torque to improve acceleration on dry pavement.”
Installation of the Velocity upgrade once the Cadillac Lyriq owner has purchased it comes as an automatic over-the-air upgrade. To activate the feature, the purchaser clicks on the Drive Modes app in the Lyriq’s central display and selects Velocity, after which the software upgrade finishes and Velocity Mode becomes available.
Ironically, the upgraded Cadillac Lyriq will continue to wear the 600E4 badge given to the North American Lyriq AWD, with the 600E4 designation indicating 610 Newton-meters (Nm) of AWD torque (450 pound-feet). Meanwhile, the China variant of the Cadillac Lyriq AWD gets a 700E4 badge thanks to its standard 710 Nm of torque output – though the Velocity upgrade raises the North American Lyriq AWD’s torque to the same 710 Nm or 524 foot-pounds.
Currently, it’s unclear if the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq AWD will also get the Velocity upgrade, though we’re expecting it to eventually.
As a reminder, the Cadillac Lyriq uses the GM BEV3 platform for structure and is propelled by GM Ultium Drive motors. For North American markets, production of the 2024 model began back on March 17th, 2023 and is taking place at the GM Spring Hill plant in Tennessee.