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WATCH AND LISTEN: THE SUPERCHARGED LT4 V8 SCREAM OF THE CADILLAC ESCALADE-V

The Supercharged Cadillac SUV Is On Its Way, And You Can Hear It Coming

2023 2024 Cadillac Escalade-V Supercharged V8 LT4 Spy Video General Motors T1 SUV LT4

All the way back in July of 2019, MC&T was the first to report that Cadillac was working on a special, high-output Escalade that would feature a LT4 supercharged V8 engine. Nearly two full years later, spy photos confirmed the existence of this mega SUV, which will feature GM’s tried-and-true 6.2L LT4 V8 engine shared with the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing sedan and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 muscle car. Output is expected to be anywhere between 640 to 668 horsepower, while other additions like improved suspension, better tires and bigger brakes are expected to help keep all of those ponies in order. More to the point: the Cadillac Escalade-V (tentatively named) will be the only full-sized American SUV on the market with a supercharged V8. If you recall, the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat has already been discontinued. Stellantis is expected to eventually supercharge the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, but that could be a few more years out.

Have a watch of our spy video just below, and let us know what you think. At the end of the video, you can see the supercharged Cadillac Escalade really launch itself to the point of performing a Carolina Squat, but falls just short of popping a wheelie:

Cadillac Escalade-V: Details

The front fascia of the SUVs appear to be more aggressive than the standard Escalade, with larger lower air-intakes and a deeper chin spoiler. Around back we also see some quad exhaust tips, which are not present on any current Cadillac Escalade model. These tips are not new to the brand however, as they look similar to the units found on both the CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing models. Above the new exhaust tips also sits a redesigned rear bumper.

The tires seem to be similar to if not exactly the same size as the standard Cadillac Escalade. The spy photos make it unclear as to what brand and type they are exactly. There’s also little to suggest that this supercharged Escalade will be wider than the base model, but it’s evident that it will come in long wheelbase form, which will allow for three comfortable rows of seats, and abundant cargo space.

So if you’re looking to shoot up and down I-75 with maximum speed, comfort, cargo, and occupancy, this might be the vehicle for you.

2023 Cadillac Escalade-V Supercharged SUV LT4
Image via KGP Photography for Muscle Cars & Trucks

When looking at the side profile of these 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V prototypes, a few more visual hints come into play. The ride height of the two trucks appears to be lower than that of the standard models, and some unique wheels are tucked into the arches. These multi-spoke wheels are wrapped in tires that have had their branding completely removed, likely in an effort to hide their sticky compound from prying eyes.

Supercharged LT4 V8 Engine

The spy photographers were unable to discern what sort of powertrain was tucked under the hood of the Cadillac Escalade-V prototypes, but we already have insider info to fill in the blanks. Our sources have stated that the truck will be powered by the same 6.2L LT4 V8 as the Camaro ZL1 and Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing models. While power output remains a mystery at this point, we won’t be surprised to see the SUV pack the same 668 horsepower as its Blackwing sibling. Adjustments may need to be made to the powertrain for towing capabilities, though this didn’t dramatically impact the output of the Hellcat-powered Durango.

2023 Cadillac Escalade-V
Image via KGP Photography for Muscle Cars & Trucks

Supercharged Escalade A No Brainer For Cadillac

Customer demand for a high-performance Cadillac Escalade-V model is not new. In fact, Cadillac’s Escalade Product Manager Dave Schiavone was quite candid about this when speaking with MC&T back in October of 2020.

“Ever since we came out with the V-Series on the CTS, we’ve had dealers and customers always asking for (an Escalade-V),” said Schiavone in an exclusive interview with MC&T. “We’re always looking at opportunities, and where we can take portfolios.

Recent comments from Cadillac executives also suggest that the brand has plans for more V-Series models moving forwards. There is certainly no better place to start this rollout than with the brand’s most successful (and profitable) offering. We also know that the Escalade will be the last ICE-powered model in the brand’s lineup, as they plan to go EV-only by 2030. It makes sense that this Escalade-V will arrive before the Escalade EV (expected to be called the Escalade IQ) starts production for the 2024 model year, as one last hurrah for the brand’s most iconic vehicle of the 21st century.

LT4 supercharged V8 engine luxury SUV Cadillac Blackwing Escalade
Image via KGP Photography for Muscle Cars & Trucks.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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