Rumor has it Cadillac wants to get in on the performance SUV craze using the Escalade. While Hennessey will already drop a sick supercharger and other upgrades in your Escalade, Cadillac’s plan would take things a step further. The three-row SUV would gain the supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 from the Chevy Camaro ZL1 and Corvette ZO6.
As it’s been tuned for the 2019 Camaro ZL1 Corvette ZO6, that engine pushes out 650 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. While that’s considerable, there is a chance Cadillac will really want to make a splash and dial that up a bit more.
This move is a bit of a surprise. GM in general has stayed away from the whole performance SUV craze that’s been sweeping the market, especially premium brands. Bob Lutz, the former GM executive, openly criticized the company for not pursuing a crossover based on the Corvette. Now, during a restructuring that reportedly means the end of the line for the Camaro Z/28, GM is pouring big resources into a go-fast Escalade. What a time to be alive.
Reportedly, former Cadillac head Johan de Nysschen, who was unceremoniously shown the door, originally came up with this idea. News of this plan surfaced a while ago, and many speculated the faster Escalade would debut in this current generation.
If this report turns out to be true, expect Cadillac to name the variant the Escalade-V.
Source: Muscle Cars and Trucks