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Just $3,000 More Than The Standard Escalade-V

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The 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V is in a class of its own. With 682 horsepower and 653 lb-ft of torque, three rows, and a trailer hitch, it’s everything at once. Indeed, it is the most potent engine-powered SUV General Motors has yet to produce (the Hummer EV SUV will eventually eclipse that), and the world’s most powerful three-row SUV in production (the Durango Hellcat and Grand Cherokee Trackhawk are dead). Moreover, it’s one of the most powerful vehicles GM has ever produced, putting the output of today’s CT5-V Blackwing and upcoming C8 Corvette Z06 in the rearview based on horsepower. The LT4+ powered SUV will also be available in extended-wheelbase 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V ESV, and Cadillac has just confirmed that the starting price for that will be $152,990. The price was confirmed during the 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V media drive event.

Cadillac Escalade-V: Details

Under the hood of the Cadillac Escalade-V sits a 6.2L LT4 V8 engine which has received a few updates over the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing to bring about its extreme power. The 6.2-liter LT4 V8 is mated with a larger 2.65-liter positive displacement R2650 TVS supercharger, which spins at 13,500 RPM. This enables the engine to produce 682 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 653 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. With the assistance of launch control, as part of V-Mode, the SUV can reach 60 MPH in under 4.4 seconds. Cadillac also states that the Escalade-V can do a quarter-mile sprint in 12.74 seconds at 110 mph. The Escalade-V ESV does all of the tricks at a 10th of a second slower.

For the price, customers will be getting a luxurious 38-inch diagonal curved OLED display with unique Escalade-V cluster graphics, an AKG audio system, and Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance tech, which won’t be available directly at launch. In addition, the Cadillac Escalade-V features unique V-Series front and rear fascias, quad exhaust outlets, and exclusive six-piston Brembo front brakes. The brake calipers are painted in Edge Red which can be seen behind the unique 22-inch aluminum wheels.

For $149,990 for the standard Escalade-V and $152,990 for the extended-wheelbase, one could cross-shop a Mercedes G63 AMG (which starts at $156,450 USD), but they’ll miss out on the extra row of seats and power.

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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