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The 2024 Cadillac Celestiq is as absurdly over-the-top as a Caddy can get

The 2024 Cadillac Celestiq is as absurdly over-the-top as a Caddy can get
  • The 2024 Cadillac Celestiq will cost more than $300,000

  • It accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, Cadillac says, driving 300 miles between charges

  • The Celestiq is more of a Rolls-Royce rival than a threat to BMW, but that’s a position Cadillac was in before

The fins on a 1957 Cadillac Eldorado

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The best Cadillacs were always ridiculous.

In the 1930s, Cadillac made its bones with 16-cylinder cars when 12 was where everyone got out. When the 1950s ended, they built the Series 62 with fins almost as high as the roofline. Shortly after Elvis Presley appeared in a pink Eldorado convertible, they added small stylized rockets to fins that were higher than his pompadour.

The best were always ridiculous. Keep that in mind when looking at the rear overhang of the 2024 Cadillac Celestiq. Is it practical? Stupid question. Does it come in pink? Better.

The Cadillac Celestiq

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Built by hand in a clean room like a spacecraft

Today marks the second time Cadillac has unveiled its upcoming crown jewel after a long string of teasing. That seems a bit exaggerated, but we forgive them. They are working on a theme. And at Cadillac, over-the-top means they get their groove back.

The Celestiq is a battleship-sized electric car with a 0-60mph time of 3.8 seconds and a price tag like three Escalades. Cadillac says the car will be built by hand in limited numbers. Technicians at General Motors’ GM,
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Warren Technical Center—a building listed as a National Historic Landmark for its glorious mid-century architecture—will gather about 400 a year.

They will work in a ‘clean room’ that is only accessible to ‘the craftsmen involved in the production’.

Cadillac estimates a 300-mile driving range for the Celestiq.

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They will have a price tag “north of $300,000,” Cadillac says, which “will increase based on the level of personalization.” damn. There is probably a fee for pink.

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Battleship proportions, sports car acceleration

The Celestiq drives on the Ultium platform that powers most of GM’s new electric cars. A skateboard-style assembly of batteries, electric motors, suspension and steering components, it can be scaled up or down to produce vehicles from subcompact to… well… this.

The Celestiq uses two electric motors, one per axle, for four-wheel drive and about 600 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque. Cadillac estimates a driving range of 300 miles, but the EPA has not verified that claim.

Cadillac may have lost its way, trying to become a second BMW BMW for decades.
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but the company has always had one hole card – it’s brilliant with suspensions. Perhaps it comes from several generations of building cars that weighed as much as buildings.

Caddy engineers have put all their know-how into the Celestiq. It comes with five-link independent suspension front and rear, paired with both air springs and magnetorheological shocks. Front and rear sway bars help reduce rolling.

Add to that four-wheel steering and you have one of the most advanced suspension and steering systems we’ve ever seen. It’s probably all about keeping that ridiculous booty — er, that rear overhang that initially drew your attention to this article — calm.

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Beautiful inside and out

The exterior of the Celestiq looks like a showpiece. Up front, it’s hard corners and abrupt breaks. The front overhang is just as small as the rear overhang is huge. It even wears the original 1930s Caddy hood ornament, the “Flying Goddess,” embossed in illuminated crystalline behind the front wheels.

But the rear showstopper is the cabin. Four seats, all as adjustable as the driver’s seat, take up all that space. They look like art deco museum pieces.

Passengers in the front seats customize theirs via an 11-inch diagonal touchscreen, the Front Command Center. Rear-seat passengers get their own Rear Command Center — 8 inches this time.

Speaking of screens, the dashboard is one. Two, but it looks like one. A 55-inch single pane makes up the bulk of the dash and hides two separate 8K displays. Both front riders can see the driver’s, but only the passenger can see theirs to avoid distraction.

Cadillac says the Celestiq comes with “all the necessary hardware” for the upcoming Ultra Cruise hands-free driving system. Ultra Cruise will be available at a later date via an over-the-air update.

For the time being, the car can park itself in and out while the driver keeps ‘supervision’ from outside.

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Buying one requires a concierge

Interested? You need to go to a Cadillac dealer to find a “concierge” who will walk you through the design process to customize your own design.

If you think of Cadillac as the company that CT4 sedan to compete in the entry-level luxury sedan class, it all seems a bit over the top.

But Cadillac once called itself “the standard of the world,” building 16-cylinder coupes, tail fins as high as 1950s America’s ambitions, and the glamorous convertible the King of rock ‘n’ roll bought to celebrate his coronation. to celebrate.

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that company go on the road to build outrageous things. That ghost, in 2024, means ridiculous proportions and four-wheel steering to make them livable. It’s good to see it all coming back.

This story originally ran KBB.com.