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The New Cadillac Lyriq 450E – The Future of Electric SUVs

The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq represents an important reset for the storied American luxury brand. After a resurgence around the turn of the millennium that started with the Art and Science-design Cadillac CTS and Escalade and through a period that ended with the demise of the CTS-V Sport Wagon, Cadillac was on a roll. But it then squandered its momentum, ceding ground as a cool status symbol to archnemesis Lincoln and upstarts like Tesla

The 2023 cadillac lyric represents an important reset for the storied american luxury brand after a resurgence around the turn of the millennium that started with the art and science design cadillac cts and escalade and through a period that ended with the demise of the cts-v sport wagon cadillac was on a roll but it then squandered its momentum seeding ground

Is a cool status symbol to arch nemesis lincoln and upstarts like tesla the industry-wide pivot to electrification is a chance for the brand to wipe the slate clean and the 2023 cadillac lyric 450e is the first fruit of that labor but is it another cts or is caddy having another elr or ct6 moment we’re about to find out lyric 450e debut edition test car in

Its long dash 2 axle ratio and combat rear and is a rear-mounted motor good for 340 horsepower and 325 pounds to foot of torque backed by a quick charging 102 kilowatt-hour battery pack the epa says the lyric should be able to cover 312 miles on a charge and the 190 kilowatt peak rate helps ensure you aren’t spending much time tethered to a public charger when

Necessary with just a single modestly powerful motor we weren’t expecting tesla model e performance uh performance out of our rear drive lyric test vehicle yet it’s still impressed the lyrics zipped from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 5.7 seconds and threw the quarter mile in a respectable 14.2 seconds at 100.5 miles per hour that’s significantly slower

Than many electric suvs in the segment most of which offer dual motor all-wheel drive as standard including the slowest model y we’ve tested which needed 4.1 seconds to 60 miles per hour and a 12.4 seconds quarter mile at 114.8 miles per hour yet it’s as quick or quicker than many of its gas-powered contemporaries including the lincoln nautilus genesis gv80

And mercedes-benz gle and although its 134 foot 60 to zero mile per hour performance leaves us a little wanting the lyric manages a respectable 27.2 second figure eight lap while averaging 0.64 grams not bad considering it’s 5006 pound curb weight so the lyric drives wonderfully out in the real world unlike the violent rip your face off acceleration you get

In many of its sev competitors the lyric is tuned more conservatively in many ways mimicking how a big under-stressed v8 performs dip into the throttle and you get one big tidal wave of torque that you can surf long past any legal speed limit in this country the throttle pedal is well damped too said associate editor duncan brady evs with instant torque tend

To expose less smooth driving habits but the relaxed response in the default tour mode makes it easy to drive smoothly those looking for more thrills threat not as dual motor and v versions ought to pack more than 500 horsepower the lyrics brakes are tuned well too the one pedal driving mode is smooth and perfectly calibrated allowing you to come to a complete

Stop and should you ever need more braking power pulling the paddle on the left side of the steering wheel results in even more regenerative deceleration those who prefer to break the old-fashioned way will also find lots to like as the pedal feels natural and offers plenty of buy contemporary high-end cadillacs are known for their fine ride quality thanks to

The wide use of magna ride dampers but the lyric makes do with a more traditional setup using what gm calls passive plus frequency selective dampers as far as our finely tuned auto journalist butts are concerned the likely cheaper passive dampers are nearly as good as the fancy magneto rheological ones the lyric floats over all but the harshest impacts without

Actually becoming floaty as did many of its predecessors also like many of its mid-20th century forerunners the lyric isn’t overtly sporty but it handles competently put it this way the lyric won’t leave you white knuckling on a curvy road but it also won’t ever be mistaken for cadillac’s finely tuned v performance models either that’s just as well because it’s

Worth slowing down for a beat and appreciating the lyrics interior for the first time in a cadillac this millennium the lyric features bespoke switch gear and hardware not shared with lesser buicks chevrolets or gmcs the new controls make a great impression they’re beautifully weighted brady said the real metal and heavyweight feel of the knobs remind me of

Bentley these are not things i anticipated would stand out in cadillac’s new f considering how many of the brand’s cars share controls with other gm stuff more than just looking good the lyric is surprisingly functional too with hidden storage such as the drawer lined with blue leather in the center stack comfortable front seats and an incredibly spacious back

Seat and trunk despite the build issues though the lyric still feels like a striking value at its sixty two thousand nine hundred ninety dollars base and is tested prices stellar to look at good to drive and generally easy to live with the 2023 cadillac lyric 450e debut edition provides both a viable and enticing path forward for the brand as we rapidly approach

The middle of the 21st century second chances are rare the lyric proves that cadillac isn’t wasting one

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