When you’re a part of a bizarre Venn Diagram that’s been attempting to determine whether or not to tug the set off on a CT5-V Blackwing or a brand new Escalade, it appears Cadillac is about to make your resolution a complete lot simpler. Later immediately, the luxurious model from Detroit will haul the covers off a robust new variant of their largest SUV.
In fact, that kind of cross-shopper is few and much between. The goal market is extra prone to be people in Hollywood, NBA superstars, and any variety of firms who provide autos to be used in rap movies. The teaser dropped by Cadillac yesterday afternoon reveals the lighting signature of a brand new Escalade winking into existence between a pair of CT4-V and CT5-V sedans, adopted by the blipping of a throttle and exuberant exhaust be aware.
What can be underneath the hood? Sensible cash factors to the identical engine taking over residence between entrance fenders of the CT5-V Blackwing, which is to say a supercharged 6.2L V8 making a fire-breathing 668 horsepower and 659 lb-ft of torque. In fact, there’s each likelihood on this planet that quantity can be altered barely for deployment in an Escalade, given completely different consumption and exhaust gear plus the should be tuned for truck(ish) obligation. At current, the Escalade makes 420 horsepower from its old-but-good naturally-aspirated 6.2L V8, which tends to bellow like Chewbacca on a foul fur day. This engine will swimsuit the SUV’s persona fairly nicely; should you’ve ever seen an all-black 2022 mannequin with its bluff entrance finish and sky-high lighting signatures, you recognize this factor is an imposing beast.
Far much less doubtless, however extra enjoyable to counsel, is the set up of the Z06 engine in an Escalade. That mill, for these not paying consideration, is a 5.5L dual-overhead-cam V8 screamer that includes a flat-plane crank and 670 ponies however solely 460 lb-ft of twist. The probabilities of this engine being within the Escalade V are nil since its energy profile doesn’t match that of a giant SUV, to say nothing of its mid-mounted properties within the C8. Nonetheless, it’s enjoyable to think about a flat-plane ‘Slade.
Cadillac appears to be hauling out all of the stops and going out of the inner combustion enterprise with a bang. Bear in mind, fits in nook places of work have said the model will exit this decade as a purveyor of EVs, that means this Escalade V – and its Blackwing sedan cousins – are actually the final of their sort.
However a 650-ish horsepower supercharged Escalade? What a strategy to go.
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