View Photos of the 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V
Michael SimariCar and Driver
The Cadillac Escalade is not known for subtlety. But that hasn’t stopped Cadillac from shining a higher-performance spotlight on it via the new 2023 Escalade-V model, now the most expensive and powerful production vehicle the company has ever built.
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The 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V is available in both standard- and long-wheelbase configurations.
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Pricing starts at $151,490, with longer-wheelbase ESV versions adding $3000 to the bottom line.
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The Escalade-V features a 682-hp supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that’s closely related to the engine found in the 10Best-winning Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing.
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The main upgrade for the Escalade-V’s V-8 is a 2.7-liter Roots-type supercharger, up from the 1.7-liter unit found on the CT5-V Blackwing.
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Both all-wheel drive and a 10-speed automatic transmission are standard on the Escalade-V.
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In our testing, the standard-wheelbase Escalade-V hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds.
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Unlike many high-performance SUVs that can be optioned with stickier summer tires, the Escalade-V comes exclusively with all-season rubber.
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Along with upgraded brakes and revised air springs and adaptive dampers, the Escalade-V features a snarling active exhaust that pops and crackles when you abruptly let off the accelerator.
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Cadillac’s Super Cruise hands-free driving assist comes standard on the Escalade-V.
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Despite the Escalade-V’s newfound horsepower, its design tweaks are modest compared with lesser models and don’t command significantly more attention at the curb.
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