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Cadillac Lyriq – Cadillac Lyriq Velocity Package

There’s a running gag in the tech support world where a solution to fix a slow-running computer is to “download more RAM.” While such a thing is impossible for your PC or smartphone, automakers are leveraging over-the-air software updates to provide EV owners with more performance. Cadillac is joining the likes of Mercedes-Benz and Tesla by offering drivers of the Lyriq SUV such a boost courtesy of the “Velocity Package.”

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For $1,200 (plus tax, naturally), owners can download the update through the infotainment system. It increases the electric motor’s available torque to 524 pound-feet from the standard 450. Horsepower remains unchanged at 500. The upgrade is available for models equipped with all-wheel drive, and Cadillac claims it reduces the vehicle’s 0-60-mph acceleration time to 4.4 seconds from 4.7.


The Velocity Package is available for purchase now.

CG Says:

The idea of being able to purchase a software upgrade that can improve a vehicle’s performance without requiring specialist knowledge or a dealer visit is intriguing. On the other hand, Cadillac, Tesla, and others are essentially locking a feature the vehicle already has behind a paywall. Several years ago, video game companies were lambasted for essentially doing the same thing – making customers pay for content that was already “on the disc.” We’d probably be more forgiving if Cadillac only charged a few hundred dollars for the Velocity Package, but $1,200 is steep for something we wager most owners aren’t going to notice or use in everyday driving.

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