There’s no doubt that America loves its big SUVs, and, in some cases, we indulge in a little fun in having our big SUVs pumping out some extra power because, why not, this is America and we can have our cake and eat it, too! Cadillac knows the desires of our hearts and they have fulfilled them with a new Cadillac Escalade-V, which touts 682 horsepower and 653 lb-ft of torque from its supercharged CT5-V Blackwing-sourced engine.
If Cadillac wanted to make a bold statement, they just did it with this monster of an SUV that packs so much power, which is slightly more than the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing using the same engine due to the Escalade-V having a larger Supercharger.
All the Escalade-V’s power is sent through a 10-speed automatic transmission before it reaches all four wheels directed by an electronic limited-slip differential. Unfortunately, you can’t do crazy burnouts with this beast as we’re sure it would be happy to do if it had a way of sending power to just the rear wheels. However, there is a launch mode that will get the Caddy up to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.
At this point, you may be scratching your head and wondering why in the world would you want such a large SUV with so much power. Well, again, AMERICA, folks! To help keep that power in check for such a tall-statured vehicle, Cadillac retunes and stiffens its adaptive dampers and air suspension, which affords newly customized drive modes and a V-Mode that will lower the ride height by 0.8 inches. Obviously, that’s a good thing because you have just over 6,200 pounds to handle here and slow down by its large 16.1-inch iron brake rotors and six-piston Brembo calipers up front with single-piston calipers out back biting down on 13.5-inch rotors. The tow rating for the new Cadillac Escalade-V is rated at 7,000 pounds, 1,000 pounds less than the ‘normal’ Escalade trims.
Inside of the beastly Escalade-V is a familiar cabin that is adorned with Dark Auburn leather for all the seats and a gloss-like zebrawood trim. There’s also the availability of the Super Cruise hands-free driving technology for the Escalade-V when you want to tame those horses and let the computer navigate you to your next destination on Super Cruise-approved highways.
The Cadillac Escalade-V takes the crown as the most powerful full-size SUV, and you’ll be expected to pay to play as this luxurious thriller will set you back at least $149,990 before any additional options or fees. There is also a long-wheelbase Escalade-V ESV available for an additional $3,000. The new 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V will be available for reservations just before it hits dealerships late this summer.