Escalade V on its way

Discussion in 'American Cars' started by DIGGS, Sep 14, 2015.

  1. Cadillac Escalade owners will no longer have to turn to tuners like Hennessey to satisfy their horsepower cravings. Cadillac itself is poised to offer an Escalade V model, which should give the other big, powerful SUVs currently available a run for their money.

    The news comes from our own Jonny Lieberman, who tweeted that an Escalade V is imminent. We don't yet know many hard facts on the high-performance Caddy SUV, but we expect power to come from the supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 found in the CTS-V and Corvette Z06. The Escalade V should also get the CTS-V's eight-speed automatic, which will be tuned to better accommodate the full-size sport ute's weight. Expect power to be well in excess of 600 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. The Cadillac CTS-V makes 640 hp and 630 lb-ft, while the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 makes 650 hp and 650 lb-ft. The Escalade already comes equipped with GM's Magnetic Ride Control suspension, but the V model could be lowered and wear wider, stickier tires to improve handling further.

    2016 Cadillac CTS V engine
    The Escalade V will be arriving late to the high-powered large luxury SUV party, so it will have some stiff competition waiting for it. The GL63 AMG (soon to be renamed GLS63) is one example, with its 550-hp twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8. Others include the Range Rover Supercharged and Porsche Cayenne Turbo S. The Cadillac Escalade V could debut as soon as next year's New York auto show, and will likely be priced around $15,000 more than a standard Escalade.

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