The new 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V is one wild machine, stuffing the full-size luxury SUV nameplate with more than 680 horsepower to create a high-performance thrill ride wrapped in backside-coddling Caddy goodness. Funny enough, GM was actually considering something even crazier at one point – a 16-cylinder Cadillac Escalade.
In a recent interview, Escalade Product Manager David Schiavone spoke with GM Authority Executive Editor Alex Luft about why a high-performance Cadillac Escalade-V model wasn’t introduced sooner. Check out that article for more information. However, during the same interview, Schiavone also mentioned that, over time, Cadillac looked at quite a few things with regard to the Escalade nameplate, including something perhaps a bit unexpected:
“At one point we even talked about a 16-cylinder Escalade,” Schiavone told GM Authority.
Obviously, GM currently doesn’t offer a 16-cylinder engine, and hasn’t since 1940. However, that’s not to say that such a configuration hasn’t been on Cadillac’s radar, as evidenced by the Cadillac Sixteen concept from 2003.
For those who may not remember, the Cadillac Sixteen concept was equipped with a 32-valve, naturally aspirated 13.6L V16 based on the GM LS architecture, and was said to be capable of producing 1,000 horsepower and 1,000 pound-feet of torque.
Unfortunately, the Cadillac Sixteen remained nothing more than a concept, while the idea of a 16-cylinder Cadillac Escalade never really even got any traction at all. However, the fact that GM is now offering the Cadillac Escalade-V is an impressive achievement in and of itself.
The main party piece is the supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 gasoline engine, which is rated at 682 horsepower and 653 pound-feet of torque. This is the same powerplant found under the hood of the third-generation Cadillac CTS-V, Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, Chevy Camaro ZL1, and C7 Corvette Z06. Cradled by the Escalade-V, the supercharged ‘eight catapults the SUV from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, with the quarter mile is completed in 12.74 seconds at 110 mph.
Not too bad for a full-size luxury SUV, eh?