Cadillac Escalade V High-Performance SUV Teased

Does the world need a Cadillac Escalade V, a high-performance version of the iconic full-size SUV? That question is moot, because the company—in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it deleted tweet (that we screenshot, see below) paired to a press release saying something huge is coming soon—has left very little to the imagination about what this exciting Cadillac is. What the Escalade V can do, and how much power it’ll pack, however … those questions have our imagination fired up.

The Escalade V has been rumored and spied in prototype guise, but always shrouded in some degree of mystery. Would it be a true V or something more like the regular, non-Blackwing V cars (née V-Sport)? Would it be track-capable, as Cadillac claims V-series cars should be, or merely a high-horsepower variant with sporty styling?

Given the wonderful absurdity of the latest ultimate Cadillac, the CT5-V Blackwing, we presume Cadillac will take no half-measures with the Escalade. That means the top-dog Escalade engine right now, the 6.2-liter V-8 making 420 hp, would be transplanted for a supercharged LT4. In the CT5-V Blackwing, it makes 668 hp and 659 lb-ft of torque, numbers that may be altered in order to provide sufficient lower-end motivation to a massive SUV like the Escalade. That is to say, it might be slightly detuned, but perhaps torquier.

Whatever’s under the hood, it’s almost certainly a V-8, judging by the sound. And it’ll shift quick, too—just listen to those gearchanges snap in the audio we embedded above.

It won’t be long until we know everything. Cadillac promises all will be revealed tomorrow, January 21. Until then, enjoy what Cadillac calls “the roar of luxury” and ponder whether 2022 will be the year you plunk down some coin on the ultimate Escalade.

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