2023 Cadillac Escalade-V is a three-row SUV that hides a 682 horsepower V-8

  • The 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V debuts with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that produces 682 horsepower and 653 pound-feet of torque.
  • Cadillac says it can hit 60 mph in less than 4.4 seconds and run the quarter mile in 12.7 seconds at 112 mph.
  • The Escalade-V will start at $149,990 when it goes on sale late this summer.

Certain Cadillacs are meant to be driven Bee the track, and others are for driving until rail. The new 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V falls into the latter category. However, this three-ton SUV still makes for a great shuttle thanks to the 682 horsepower supercharged V-8 hiding under its hood.

This is the first time an Escalade has sported the brand’s V badge, which conveys its powerful character. The 6.2-liter V-8 is essentially the same engine used by the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing. In fact, they are both hand built at the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The biggest difference is that the SUV has a 2.7-liter supercharger versus the sedan’s 1.7-liter. This helps the Escalade-V generate 682 horsepower and 653 pound-feet of torque—14 more horses and 6 fewer pound-feet than the CT5-V Blackwing.


All that power is channeled through a 10-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive. Unfortunately, there’s no setting to route torque exclusively to the rear axle, so smoky burnouts sound like a no-go. The Escalade-V does have an electronic differential lock to maximize traction, and it also has a launch-control feature that can be activated in V mode. Cadillac estimates that the super Slade can hit 60 mph in less than 4.4 seconds, citing a quarter-mile time of 12.7 seconds at 110 mph. We’ll verify those claims as soon as we get a chance to test one.

Each Escalade-V has specially tuned adaptive dampers and air springs on all four corners, with stiffer springs in the rear. Drivers can also choose between Tour and Sport settings for the suspension, steering, brake pedal feel and engine sound. There are multiple adjustments for the 4WD system and engine performance, including a snow/ice mode. These are accessed by pressing the V-Mode button on the center console, which also automatically lowers the ride height by 0.8 inches.

Compared to the blingy standard Escalade, the 2023 Escalade-V has a more menacing look. There is no chrome trim or glossy work. The huge mesh grille is (obviously) black, as are the window frames, lower trim pieces and the quad exhaust tips that flank the fake rear diffuser. A set of gigantic 22-inch wheels comes as standard, available in black or grey. Behind the wheels are red calipers; a pair of six-piston Brembo units squeeze the huge 16.1-inch iron front rotors, and single-piston calipers clamp the 13.5-inch rear rotors. Cadillac says it won’t offer summer tires on the Escalade-V. Instead, all models come with a set of 275/55R-22 all-seasons. The V can also tow 7000 pounds, which is 1000 pounds less than the non-supercharged V-8 all-wheel-drive model.

When the 682-horsepower, 6200-plus-pound three-row SUV isn’t shocking unsuspecting passengers with its heart-stopping starts and growling, supercharged soundtrack, Cadillac’s luxury pedigree should be on full display. Each Escalade-V features black or dark maroon leather in all three rows plus gloss zebra wood trim, and front seat riders are treated to heated and ventilated cushions with massage functions. As on other Escalades, the V has a huge curved OLED display with three screens totaling 38 inches. The screen size is almost matched by the 36 speakers that come with the AKG audio system. The Caddy’s other marvel is the optional $2500 Super Cruise hands-free driving technology. However, due to the chip shortage, it’s expected to be available late.

Cadillac says the Escalade-V is “the industry’s most powerful full-size SUV,” but that’s an easy claim when there’s no direct competition. The company shouldn’t have a problem selling them either, even with a surprising starting price of $149,990. (Compare that to the regular Escalade, which starts at $77,840.) The long-wheelbase ESV also gets the V treatment, and the option for this is expected to cost an additional $3,000. Both models will have limited availability based on volume, but Cadillac won’t release numbers, insisting the decision is based on keeping the Escalade-V “exclusive and exciting” and not chip shortages. Whatever the reason, the company is not taking reservations until the 2023 Escalade-V and Escalade-V ESV go on sale at the end of this summer.

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