GM Authority was the first to break the news that General Motors was developing a new Cadillac Escalade-V model, set to be offered as a high-performance variant of the popular Cadillac Escalade luxury SUV, saying back in May of 2021 that the Escalade-V would sound quite menacing. Now, we’re confirming exactly that with the following video of a prototype Cadillac Escalade-V accelerating hard from a stop.
The video clip capturing the acceleration is brief, but informative. We see the Cadillac Escalade-V make a righthand turn onto a public road, after which the driver nails the throttle. With the full acceleration of the SUV unleashed, the nose points towards the sky as the four tires dig into the pavement. The sound produced is the traditional V8 growl, emanating from the rear of this beast with purpose. According to GM Authority sources, the production model will be equipped with four trapezoidal exhaust tips, similar to the two Cadillac Blackwing sedans.
As for the power spec, the Cadillac Escalade-V will cradle the supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 gasoline engine, the same powerplant found in the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, third-generation Cadillac CTS-V, Chevy Camaro ZL1, and C7 Corvette Z06. Output is highest in the CT5-V Blackwing, rated at 668 horsepower.
Of course, that rating will not necessarily apply to the Cadillac Escalade-V, but GM Authority sources have indicated that output of least 640 horsepower is in the cards. Sending all that to the wheels will be a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Keeping the muscle in line will be a wealth of chassis upgrades, including new brakes and Magnetic Ride Control suspension with special tuning. Exterior and interior design will also reflect the Cadillac Escalade-V’s performance attitude.
It should also be mentioned that the prototype featured in the video is the extended-length Cadillac Escalade-V ESV, or “Escalade Stretch Vehicle,” which features a longer wheelbase and overall length as compared to the standard Cadillac Escalade, delivering 1.7 inches more third-row legroom and an extra 16 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third row.
With that, check out the video, as hosted by GM Authority Executive Editor, Alex Luft:
Expect the Cadillac Escalade-V to launch later this year for the 2023 model year.