If you’ve followed the Cadillac brand over the years, you probably know about its V-Series lineup of performance vehicles. Typical features of V-Series models include Brembo brakes, Magnetic Ride Control, an electronic limited-slip differential, and a series of interior upgrades. And given the reputation the V-Series has with Cadillac enthusiasts, it’s little surprise the Lyriq is getting a similar treatment. EV buyers, after all, do love performance.
Spy photographers have caught a prototype Lyriq-V testing in Detroit for the first time, wearing some exterior changes that give it a more menacing appearance. Boasting dark gray and black accents, the upper grille is a bit different than the production model, while the lower grille features a mesh-like pattern that we can find on current V-Series vehicles. There’s also a slightly more aggressive front lip and you can expect updated side skirts and rear changes to match. All those bits and pieces are currently under camouflage, so it’s safe to assume they’re different.
Currently, the most powerful Cadillac Lyriq offers 500 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque with a 102-kWh battery to deliver 307 miles of all-electric range. We do expect the Lyriq-V to offer more performance, possibly somewhere around the 600-hp range — maybe even more at the expense of range. For now, it’s pure speculation but we should get some real details and an official announcement later this year.
In our Cadillac Lyriq first drive review, we found the luxury SUV to set a new standard in the EV world and we would welcome a V-Series version with open arms.