Cadillac has finally revealed the production version of the Celestiq luxury EV. Serving as the brand’s flagship EV offering, the Celestiq will be the closest competitor to the newly unveiled Rolls-Royce Spectre when it goes into production next year. The American manufacturer has announced that only 500 examples will be hand-built at its factory in Warren, Michigan, and each unit will be produced as a custom commission. The production-spec model looks near identical to the concept that was showcased a few months ago and is said to be inspired by iconic cars from each era of the manufacturer’s rich heritage, including the 1933 V16 Aerodynamic Coupe and the 1957 Eldorado Brougham.
“CELESTIQ is the purest expression of Cadillac, acknowledging our incredible history and driving us to a bolder and brighter future,” said Global Vice President of Cadillac Rory Harvey. “It is a completely bespoke work of automotive art, built around the most advanced and innovative technology that we have ever engineered into an automobile.”
The Cadillac Celestiq rides on GM’s Ultium Platform which is designed from the ground up to support electric propulsion. It is powered by a pair of electric motors on each axle that cumulatively produces 600 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque. According to Cadillac, it’s enough to propel the massive luxury EV from zero to 60mph in 3.8 seconds. The motors draw power from a 111-kilowatt-hour battery that provides an estimated range of 300 miles on a single charge.
The flagship EV is also packed to the gills with top-shelf components to offer unmatched ride comfort, which includes adaptive air suspension, active rear steering, Magnetic Ride Control 4.0, advanced AWD, active roll control, calibrated electric power steering, an active rear spoiler, and 5-link front and rear suspension.
Buyers can option their Celestiq with 23-inch forged aluminum wheels that will come fitted with bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport EV tires. Furthermore, Celestiq will come equipped with GM’s Ultra Cruise hands-free driving assist system. The Cadillac Celestiq will enter into production in December 2023 and will have a starting price of $300,000.