With 682 horsepower, this is a new 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V.
2023 Cadillac Escalade-V – Overview
Some Cadillacs are designed to be driven on the racetrack, while others are designed to be driven to the racetrack.
Unfortunately, the new Cadillac Escalade-V for 2023 comes under this category.
However, the 682-hp supercharged V-8 under the hood makes this three-ton SUV still makes for one helluva shuttle.
Here are the major highlights:
- At 110 mph, Cadillac claims it can reach 60 mph in less than 4.4 secs & complete the quarter-mile in 12.7 secs.
- The supercharged 6.2-litre V-8 engine in the 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V produces 682 horsepower and 653 pound-feet of torque.
- Escalade-V will start at $149,990.
This is the first time an Escalade has worn the V badge, which denotes the vehicle’s high performance.
Its 6.2-litre V-8 engine is nearly identical to the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing.
They’re both hand-built in Bowling Green, Kentucky, at the Corvette manufacturing plant.
The SUV features a 2.7-litre supercharger, whereas the sedan has a 1.7-litre supercharger.
This allows the Escalade-V to produce 682 horsepower and 653 pound-feet of torque, which is 14 horsepower and six pound-feet more than the CT5-V Blackwing.
A 10-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive channel all of that power.
Unfortunately, there isn’t an option that directs torque solely to the back axle, so smoky burnouts are out. However, the Escalade-V boasts an electronic limited-slip differential for better traction and a launch-control system used in V-Mode.
At 110 mph, Cadillac claims the super Slade can reach 60 mph in under 4.4 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 12.7 seconds. We’ll confirm those claims when we get a chance to test one.
All four corners of the Escalade-V have precisely adjusted adaptive dampers and air springs, with firmer springs in the back.
The suspension, brake-pedal feel, steering and engine sound may all be switched between Tour and Sport modes.
A snow/ice mode is one of several settings for the all-wheel-drive system and engine performance.
The V-Mode button on the centre console can access these features, reducing the ride height by 0.8 inches.
The 2023 Escalade-V has a more threatening aspect than the blingy normal Escalade.
There is no brightwork or chrome trim. Instead, the massive mesh grille and the window mouldings, lower trim pieces, and quad exhaust tips flanking the false rear diffuser are blacks.
Standard equipment includes a set of massive 22-inch rims in black or grey.
The sizeable 16.1-inch iron front rotors are clamped by a pair of Brembo six-piston units, while single-piston callipers clamp the 13.5-inch rear rotors.
The Escalade-V will not be available with summer tires, according to Cadillac. Instead, all models come standard with 275/55R-22 all-season tires.
The V can pull 7000 pounds, 1000 pounds less than the non-supercharged V-8 all-wheel-drive vehicle.
When the 682-hp, 6200-plus-pound three-row SUV isn’t frightening unsuspecting passengers with its heart-stopping takeoffs and snarling, supercharged soundtrack, Cadillac’s luxury pedigree should be on full display.
Every Escalade-V comes with black or dark Auburn leather in all three rows, gleaming zebrawood trim and heated and ventilated front-seat cushions with massaging capabilities.
The V, like earlier Escalades, has a massive curved OLED display with three panels totalling 38 inches.
The 36 speakers included with the AKG audio system match the screen size.
Another highlight of the Caddy is the $2500 Super Cruise hands-free driving system.
However, it is projected to arrive late because of the chip shortage.
Cadillac claims the Escalade-V is “the industry’s most powerful full-size SUV,” but that’s easy when there’s no direct competition.
Even with a shocking beginning price of $149,990, the business should have no trouble selling them.
(In comparison, the standard Escalade starts at $77,840.)
The V treatment is also available on the long-wheelbase ESV, and it will set you back an extra $3000.
Both versions will have restricted availability due to volume.
Still, Cadillac refused to reveal figures and insisted that the choice was made to keep the Escalade-V “exclusive and exciting,” not due to a chip shortage.
Whatever the reason, the 2023 Escalade-V and Escalade-V ESV will not be available until late this summer.