Back in 2018, GM Authority and our sister publication, Cadillac Society, exclusively reported that the next-generation Cadillac Escalade would come with no less than three different engine options. Now, we’ve received new information that one of these powerplants will bless Cadillac’s flagship SUV with a new high-performance model variant.
Citing sources familiar with future Cadillac product plans, Cadillac Society reports that the high-performance Cadillac Escalade will be “very powerful.” Naturally, specifics are few and far between at this point, but when it comes to engine choices of the “very powerful” variety, three possibilities come readily to mind – the LT4, the LT5, and the LTA.
|Engine||Application||Max Horsepower||Max Torque|
|Supercharged 6.2L LT4 V8||CTS-V||640||630|
|Supercharged 6.2L LT5 V8||Corvette ZR1||755||715|
|Twin-Turbo 4.2L LTA V8 Blackwing||CT6-V||550||627|
The first option is the supercharged 6.2L LT4 V8. Previously offered in the now-defunct Cadillac CTS-V, the LT4 was tuned to deliver 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque in that application. It makes 650 horses and an equal amount of pound-feet in the C7 Corvette Z06 and sixth-gen Camaro ZL1.
Another possibility is the supercharged 6.2L LT5 V8. Essentially a go-faster version of the LT4, the LT5 has yet to find its way into a Cadillac model, but can be found under the hood of the monstrous Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, where it lays down an impressive 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque.
Both the LT4 and LT5 are prime examples of the old-school overhead-valve/push-rod engine design, which is a fantastic fit for sports machines like the Cadillac CTS-V and Corvette ZR1. However, it’s possible Cadillac may want something a little more modern for the high-performance Escalade SUV, which makes our third choice the new Cadillac-exclusive DOHC twin-turbo, 4.2L LTA V8, otherwise known as the Blackwing engine. Currently, the only vehicle that runs the Blackwing is the Cadillac CT6-V, where it produces as much as 550 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. And given the LTA is exclusive to the Cadillac brand, it certainly makes a whole lot of sense to toss it under the hood of a high-performance Escalade. That said, there’s also the potential for a higher-output version of this very engine.
For reference, the current Cadillac Escalade is equipped with the all-atmosphere 6.2L L86 V8, where it produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
According to the Cadillac Society report, the high-performance Cadillac Escalade was originally expected to be released for the final few model years of the current fourth-generation, but now, we know it will for sure drop with the new fifth-gen model, potentially as an Escalade-V or Escalade Blackwing.
Source: Cadillac Society