The quarter million Lamborghini Urus is the ultimate SUV to take to the track. A SUV with supercar leanings is often challenged and rarely surpassed. The Lamborghini Urus is possibly one of the coolest vehicles ever produced. It has its flaws, with not-so Lambo-esque attitude; however, the strength and agility it produces outweigh any shortcomings.
The V8 engine is shared with the Audi RSQ8, but has a more hooligan character. And this super SUV shouldn’t be doing the things it does! Now American mogul, Cadillac, is here to make a statement with the 2023 Escalade-V. The latest member of the Escalade family carries the performance-oriented V badge and is, as Cadillac claims, the most powerful three-row SUV available.
This is the first time Cadillac has put the famous “V” badge on an SUV. And they did everything they could to make this Caddy a great machine. That said, let’s get into more details and see how these two juggernauts go head to head in performance, style, and sheer drama.
Cadillac Escalade-V sends a scary message to the Lamborghini Urus.
Escalade-V vs. Urus: Caddy wants all the smoke
The Cadillac Escalade-V is the first Escalade to carry the V badge, an indication of the vehicle’s performance-oriented nature. The Escalade-V uses a 6.2-liter V8 engine, the same engine used in the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing. The Escalade-V differs from the CT5-V Blackwing in that it uses a 2.7 L supercharger, while the sedan has a 1.7 L supercharger. Using this unit allows the Escalade-V to rock a record 682 horsepower and 653 lb-ft of torque.
A 10-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive are built in to carry that mighty power. However, there is no setting available to direct torque to the rear axle only. The Escalade-V features an electronic limited-slip differential that allows the vehicle to maximize traction efficiency. It is estimated that the Escalade-V can accelerate to 100 km/h in less than 4.4 seconds and can cover a quarter-mile in 12.7 seconds at 110 km/h.
The Lamborghini Urus has a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, which puts out a whopping 641 horsepower. This makes the Urus a tamed humming beast when not cruising and an absolute monster when going full throttle. The Urus has impeccable acceleration thanks to the presence of four-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Urus is a real menace on the tracks, going from 0-100km/h in just 3.1 seconds and passing a quarter-mile in 11.3 seconds, hitting the 121km/h speed mark. When pushed to the limit, Urus can give you as much as 190 MPH.
You can easily feel the athleticism and agility of this vehicle behind the wheels, with its responsive steering and stable cornering during high-speed intervals. It has several driving modes and based on the model you select it adjusts its ride height using air springs present on all four corners. At Urus it is not only about speed, but also about safety. Carbon ceramic brakes are built in to ensure a safe stop with Urus braking from 70 MPH to silence in 149 feet.
The interior of the Cadillac Escalade-V has a platinum finish with Zebra Wood decor. A leather trim is featured in all three rows of seats, and heating and ventilation are available on the front massage seats. Also available in the Escalade-V is the signature 38-inch curved OLED display.
It’s the industry’s first curved OLED screen and offers incredible quality as it has twice the pixel density of a 4K TV. A 36-speaker AKG Studio Reference audio system is also standard for Escalade-V, creating an all-round sound experience. There is an optional Super Cruise hands-free driver technology for those willing to go the extra mile to fully equip their ride with a $2500 price tag.
The Lamborghini Urus has a classic Lambo interior design; stylish and elegant. The start button under a red valve cover and the shifter that resembles a jet throttle give the Urus an airplane-like appearance. Levers to the left of the shifter allow the user to play with different riding modes and change performance settings.
The infotainment system and gauges of the Urus are not only generous with imitation suede and carbon fiber trim, but as luxurious as it gets. Depending on the configuration you choose, the back section of the Urus can accommodate two or three people. Handy door pockets and a storage compartment directly behind the center console add to the storage space. Twenty-two cubic feet of cargo space is available for the standard Urus and 20 cubic feet if you choose to get optional rear bucket seats.
Cadillac Escalade-V vs Lamborghini Urus: Big Appetite Game
Despite all that power and performance, you can get more out of the Escalade-V’s interior because it’s roomier and more family-friendly. A big point to consider is the price difference. The Lamborghini Urus starts at $229,495, which is well above the Escalade-V’s starting price of $149,990.
Challenging the Lamborghini Urus is not an easy task at all, knowing that it is the touchstone for high-performance SUVs. Still, Cadillac claims the Escalade-V is the most powerful SUV on the market, with insane numbers. However, the Urus still beats this giant Caddy on the track, because it’s wired for it.
So the choice is yours. Want a cozy three-row Caddy that can do more than just start the controls?! Or a boat-sized Italian hooligan?!
Sources: Media.cadillac.com, Media.lamborghini.com