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Cadillac Lyriq promises 500 HP from twin-motor AWD configuration

  • Cadillac revealed that the twin-motor AWD version of the Lyriq EV will produce around 500 horsepower.
  • The rear-wheel-drive single-engine version is marketed first with 340 hp.
  • The 2023 Lyriq starts at $59,990 and will be open for orders from May 19.

    So far, Cadillac has only detailed the base single-motor powertrain for the new 2023 Lyriq electric SUV. But now we know that the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive version will offer around 500 horsepower, as Cadillac shared that figure. during a Q&A session on Instagram today.

    Cadillac on Instagram

    While the base 340-hp single-motor Lyriq RWD starts at $59,990, we suspect the dual-motor variant will cost a bit more to boot. Its 500 horsepower, which comes from front and rear electric motors, will put it in stiff competition with other EV SUV competitors, including the 469-hp Audi e-tron S and the 516-hp BMW iX xDrive50. We assume the Lyriq AWD will use the same battery as the RWD model, which offers 100.0 kWh of usable capacity and an EPA-estimated range of 312 miles; the more powerful dual motor version will likely have a slightly lower range estimate.

    Cadillac will open orders for the 2023 Lyriq starting May 19, but the initial production run will only include the single-engine Lyriq Debut Edition form which is only available in silver or black and doesn’t offer a lot of choice of options. We don’t yet know exactly when the two-engine cars will arrive, but Cadillac says it expects other versions of the Lyriq to go on sale this fall.

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