Report: Corvette Z06-Powered Cadillac Escalade-V Under Development

2015 Cadillac Escalade Front Three Quarter

According to MT, the Cadillac Escalade-V will use the same LT4 engine employed by the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and Cadillac CTS-V. That means the Escalade will ditch its 420-hp, 6.2-liter L86 V-8 for a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that could make around 600 hp. As in those cars, an 8-speed automatic transmission would help apportion power to the ground. Adaptive suspension dampers are already offered on the Escalade, and they would reportedly be upgraded for the hot V version. The price for all this performance? A cool $15,000 premium over a regular Escalade, MT says.

While it would be an unusual direction for a body-on-frame SUV that’s primarily focused on luxury, the Cadillac Escalade-V would match up nicely against rivals like the 550-hp Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG, 510-hp Range Rover Supercharged, and 570-hp Porsche Cayenne Turbo S. We don’t know yet when the Cadillac Escalade-V might debut, but we’re eagerly awaiting the madness that would be a high-performance, three-row Cadillac SUV.

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