Cadillac is offering Lyriq electric SUV owners the option to purchase a torque upgrade through over-the-air technology. Dubbed the “Velocity Upgrade,” this enhancement allows 2024 AWD Cadillac Lyriq owners (and eventually 2023 model owners) to unlock an additional 74 lb-ft (100 Nm) of torque by paying a one-time activation fee of $1,200, plus applicable taxes.
The upgrade elevates the Lyriq's torque levels from 450 lb-ft (610 Nm) to 524 lb-ft (710 Nm). As a result, the vehicle's 0-60 mph (96 km/h) acceleration time is improved from 4.7 seconds to 4.4 seconds, representing a notable reduction of 0.3 seconds.
However, one peculiar aspect of this update is that North American owners will continue to sport the 600E4 badge, despite its inaccuracy in reflecting the vehicle's enhanced torque levels. Cadillac employs a naming convention where the number denotes the torque in Newton meters, albeit rounded down. For those seeking a more accurate badge, they may consider sourcing a “700E4” badge from Chinese dealerships, where the upgraded torque figure aligns with the badge.
While Cadillac is not the first automaker to offer over-the-air power upgrades, Mercedes introduced its “Acceleration Increase” package late last year. Mercedes' offering provides power improvements ranging from 0.8 to one second in the 0-60 sprint across various vehicle models. Notably, Cadillac's upgrade, although offering a smaller improvement, is a one-time purchase, in contrast to Mercedes' subscription-based model, which costs $1,200 per year.
Cadillac assures that once the Velocity Upgrade is purchased, it remains with the vehicle, even if the original owner sells it. However, buyers have a seven-day window to request a refund if they change their minds. This upgrade is accessible through the Lyriq's infotainment system, replacing the Sport mode with the new Velocity mode, and is available for purchase starting today.