Cadillac Escalade owners will no longer have to turn to tuners like Hennessey to satisfy their horsepower cravings. Cadillac itself is poised to offer an Escalade V model, and it should give the other big, powerful SUVs currently available a run for their money.
The news comes from our own Jonny Lieberman, who tweeted that an Escalade V is imminent. We don’t yet know many hard facts on the high-performance Caddy SUV, but we expect power to come from the supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 found in the CTS-V and Corvette Z06. The Escalade V should also get the CTS-V’s eight-speed automatic, which will be tuned to better accommodate the full-size sport ute’s weight. Expect power to be well in excess of 600 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. The Cadillac CTS-V makes 640 hp and 630 lb-ft, while the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 makes 650 hp and 650 lb-ft. The Escalade already comes equipped with GM’s Magnetic Ride Control suspension, but the V model could be lowered and wear wider, stickier tires to improve handling further.
The Escalade V will be arriving late to the high-powered large luxury SUV party, so it will have some stiff competition waiting for it. The GL63 AMG (soon to be renamed GLS63) is one example, with its 550-hp twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8. Others include the Range Rover Supercharged and Porsche Cayenne Turbo S. The Cadillac Escalade V could debut as soon as next year’s New York auto show, and will likely be priced around $15,000 USD more over a standard Escalade.