Cadillac: First Electric V Models on the Horizon

19 March 2024 BY Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

Cadillac has built a solid reputation in the luxury sports car niche in recent years thanks to its V-series models. Currently, only the CT4 and CT5 sedans, as well as the legendary Escalade, are offered with sporty variants. However, it's only a matter of time before the performance division of the American automaker introduces a 100% electric model.


The brand has unveiled the name of its next concept, Opulent Velocity. Therefore, the model will be the first electric vehicle from the manufacturer to benefit from the V-series treatment. Indeed, it's no coincidence that Cadillac has waited until now to offer us an electric performance vehicle since the V-series is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.


A Concept Born for Performance


For now, not much is known about the Opulent Velocity concept. However, with a name like that, one can imagine that the model will be both very luxurious and fast. The manufacturer has released a short video showing a car passing quickly in front of the camera. Of course, the images are blurry, but you can see a square and muscular silhouette like that of the Celestiq sedan.


Cadillac's goal is to show that it's possible to offer high-performance in a zero-emission vehicle.


20 Years Later


It was in 2004 that the first V-series production car hit the market with the legendary CTS-V. The American manufacturer then offered a similar variant of the Cadillac XLR, which itself was based on the Corvette platform. Years have passed, and the models have never stopped improving to reach new heights. V-series models are now more diverse than ever. In the case of the CT5, there is now a V version as well as a V Blackwing version. The main difference between the two models lies under the hood. As for the CT5-V, it is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that develops 360 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. The V-Blackwing version, on the other hand, benefits from a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 668 horsepower and 659 pound-feet of torque.


Personally, I'm very excited to see what Cadillac can achieve in terms of performance with a 100% electric model. The Lyriq, which isn't even a sports vehicle, already offers impressive technical data. Imagine what it will be like with a model dedicated to performance.


Jean-Sébastien Poudrier