A New York-based aftermarket customizations shop called AI Design has shared photos of a unique Cadillac Escalade based emergency response vehicle it recently completed for a secretive VIP client.
This specially prepared Cadillac Escalade has been kitted out in a similar fashion to a traditional unmarked police vehicle, featuring various integrated and auxiliary strobe lights. These include strobed OEM marker lights and brake lamps, strobed tailgate visor lights, a strobed license plate frame light and a bright VisionX forward-facing auxiliary lamp in the grille. Other lighting-specific modifications include a stalked reading lamp with a dimmer switch in the center console and specialized task lighting and strobes for when the client opens the tailgate. Completing the list of modifications is a full Stinger radar detector with a 3D-printed binnacle.
It’s not immediately clear what a vehicle like this could be used for. While we understand why some VIP clients would want a bulletproof/armored vehicle, it’s hard to see what use a civilian would have for an emergency response vehicle such as this – no matter how rich or important they may be. New York state law also indicates flashing white, red and/or blue lights may only be used on public roads by emergency vehicles or volunteer members of a fire department, so unless this person is high-up in government, it’s hard to see how this vehicle could be legally operated. Then again, it’s possible this vehicle is not for a New York client and will be shipped elsewhere in the U.S. or to another country entirely.
No matter what the client intends to use this vehicle for, they will probably be very happy to have the Escalade’s reliable 6.2L L87 V8 engine under the hood, which produces a healthy 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels as standard or all four wheels through an available 4WD system. A GM 10-speed automatic is the only available transmission option.