2025 Cadillac Celestiq-V: Crystal Ball-Gazing A super-performance version of the electric sedan | Carscoops

This article contains freelance artwork by Carscoops artist Josh Byrnes based on Celestiq’s in-production version. Renderings are not related to or endorsed by Cadillac.

In a world where the auto industry has migrated to anything and everything related to crossovers, Cadillac has breathed a breath of fresh air with the upcoming ultra-luxury Celestiq sedan. Presented in concept form in July, spy shots confirm that the opulent land-based yacht will, thankfully, remain faithful to the lavish show car.

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Applications to the United States Patent and Trademark Office indicate that there will be four variants of the Celestiq. These include the Aurora, Magnetic, Mist and Vale. While we don’t know what differences these models will entail, curiosity has us thinking: what if Cadillac made a V performance rival to tackle the upcoming BMW i7 M70 or Lucid Air Sapphire? Let’s look at the crystal ball further.

Muscular opulence

Illustrations Carscoops.com / Josh Byrnes

As it stands, the Celestiq is already an impressive machine that draws inspiration from Cadillac’s proud craftsmanship heritage. To meet the challenge, the styling of the Celestiq-V has been reworked, resulting in a resolute and muscular aesthetic.

Notable changes include a black chrome front graphic with working ducts for better aerodynamics, a lower splitter and a central hood bulge for visual aggression. Larger wheels with sticky Micheline rubber sit in the pumped fenders, and a lower stance hints at its dynamic potential.

The fastback rear features a working diffuser panel, smoked taillight lenses and a large contrast spoiler. As this study is based on the production car, it struts around the conventional side mirrors but retains those nifty, handleless doors.

The high-tech interior of the standard Cadillac Celestiq show car

On the cabin side, the very flamboyant interior would get a mandatory performance injection with form-fitting sports seats, racing-inspired trim and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. We expect Celestiq’s wide array of tech highlights to continue, including that massive 55-inch-diagonal advanced LED display, four-zone variable opacity glass roof, and the driver assistance system. GM’s next-generation Ultra Cruise.

Quick horizons

In a significant departure from the Cadillacs of yore, the Celestiq is the luxury automaker’s second serious foray into EV propulsion after the Lyriq SUV. For reference, the motivation for the regular variants will use GM’s new flexible BEV3 architecture which includes Ultium batteries (over 100kWh capacity) and motors with an expected range of 300-400 miles. Performance for these dual-motor models is said to be within an already quick 3-second 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) range.

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Illustrations Carscoops.com / Josh Byrnes

Stepping things up in the V spec could see over 1000 horsepower plus adding a similar Watts to Freedom (WTF) launch control system to the ridiculously fast GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 and those times fall into the 2 second bracket. or even less, with the quarter mile dispatched in an incredibly fast sub-10 second range. DC fast charging will provide fast top-ups on par with its closest rivals.

While not targeted at track enthusiasts, the suspension and steering geometry changes would ideally refine its responses without sacrificing ride and comfort levels for the ultimate grand touring experience.

Rivals and revelation

Main rivals include BMW’s i7 M70, Mercedes-AMG EQS, Lucid Air and Tesla Model S Plaid. In 2026, Bentley will offer an all-electric offering (although speculation suggests it will be a coupe), and Rolls-Royce will launch an electric sedan sometime after the Specter coupe arrives next year.

More details on the regular Celestiq will emerge in the coming months, with customer deliveries expected in early 2024. Pricing has been speculated to be in an insane $200,000-$300,000 range, reflecting the ultra- luxury of Celestiq and its handcrafted nature. Unsurprisingly, a specialized “V” variant would be even more expensive.

In the meantime, would you like to see a super-fast electric luxury barge from Cadillac? We’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below.

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