Cadillac is joining the ranks of Mercedes and Tesla by offering an over-the-air power and performance upgrade for its electric Lyriq SUV. For $1,200 (plus tax), you can get a permanent "Velocity Package" upgrade for your all-wheel-drive Cadillac Lyriq, while it sits in your driveway. Whether that's cool or lame depends on the customer.
From the factory, the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive Cadillac Lyriq makes 500 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. However, the Velocity Package bumps its torque output to 524 lb-ft, while horsepower remains the same. According to Cadillac, that additional torque bump is good enough to shave three tenths of a second from its 0-60 mph time, dropping it from 4.7 to 4.4 seconds.
At face value, it's pretty neat to be able to improve your car from its infotainment system. However, when you look just a little bit deeper, it might not seem as enticing.
Obviously, if the extra torque can be downloaded to the car without any hardware changes, then the powertrain was capable of that higher output from the factory. And it isn't like Cadillac realized some new way to add more power with a software tweak after releasing the Lyriq, as it's been available with that higher torque figure for China-sold cars.