Sources close to the development of the Cadillac Escalade-V high-performance luxury SUV have told GM Authority that the team is paying particular attention to the vehicle’s exhaust note, with the aim to produce a sound that’s menacing.
That shouldn’t prove too difficult, since making a Small Block V8 sound aggressive is no insurmountable task, especially for The General. In fact, in prototype form, the Cadillac Escalade-V is described as sounding “very bold and throaty.”
Unfortunately, we have no audio of the vehicle as of this writing, but it could sound similar to the upcoming 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, which can be heard in a video we published earlier this month.
But the vehicle will also have a (relatively) quiet exhaust setting, thanks to the Dual Mode Exhaust system.
Dual-mode exhaust features electronically controlled valves that bypass the mufflers under acceleration, delivering improved performance and greater sound levels. Various GM models, including Cadillacs, with dual-mode exhaust enable drivers to personalize the exhaust sound, from a quiet setting to an aggressive one.
Both the Escalade-V and Escalade-V ESV will be powered by the supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 gasoline engine, which is also used in the Chevy Camaro ZL1, C7 Corvette Z06, third-gen Cadillac CTS-V, and the upcoming Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing. The engine’s maximum power output in the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing application is 668 horsepower, which – thanks to various updates with the engine’s aspiration – is slightly higher than the 650 horsepower it makes in the Camaro ZL1.
Neither figure will necessarily apply to the Cadillac Escalade-V, and it is inevitable that the induction and exhaust configurations will also be different. The SUV’s exhaust note will therefore vary compared to the CT5-V Blackwing and Camaro ZL1.
The Cadillac Escalade-V is expected to launch for the 2023 model year. Its LT4 engine will be paired with GM’s 10-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle will also employ a number of high-performance upgrades, including a special version of Magnetic Ride Control tuned for high-performance driving, along with upgrades to its braking system and various other chassis improvements.
The vehicle will also have interior and exterior styling elements not found in the regular 2021 Cadillac Escalade or Escalade ESV. Prototypes have recently begun to be spotted in camouflaged form on public roads both in Michigan and Colorado.
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