December 7, 2022

The Cadillac V series was founded in 2003 and is a line of high-performance vehicles tuned by the General Motors Performance Division for Cadillac It was designed to directly compete with German performance badged rivals such as BMW M and Mercedes AMG models. The first-ever V series model was the 2004 Cadillac CTS-V then the XLR Hardtop joined in 2005. The CTS-V saw successful sales and steered Cadillac as one of the best performance sedans in the world since its debut.

Most V series Cadillacs traditionally included high-performance V8 engines and, transmissions that are from the past Chevy Corvette Zo6 models. The V usually also includes revised suspension systems (MagneRide Control), sportier badged interiors, aerodynamics, and more aggressive bodywork which is intended to improve the vehicle’s aerodynamic performance as well to help make them stand out from their normal boring production counterparts.

The news Cadillac just dropped maybe a bit of a shock for most because other brand high-performance divisions are already being restructured for the future. Dodge is taking steps to slowly integrate into the EV era and has retired the Durango Hellcat since the end of 2021. The Challenger and Charger Hellcats are going to follow in 2023. GM  just now decided that It wanted to go out with a bang before the internal combustion ban comes upon us and for the first time give the big body and highly mature Escalade a minute to let its hair down and have some fun before the internal combustion era is over.  

There wasn’t a lot confirmed last night besides visuals and the ability to hear the engines roar while we saw the Escalade V in motion thanks to Cadillac’s new reveal video. Full specs will be released in spring 2022 though so we have some time. This newly released video and photos give us a look at the visual changes Cadillac has made to the Escalade V-Series. The Escalade does what it does best visually and chrome deletes everything and adds black trim throughout. The V gets a revised front bumper and splits the front grill horizontally. LED running lights are also seen housed in new vertical vent-like fixtures. Cadillac adds the V badge in all its usual places like the front doors and the rear area of the vehicle. From the side, Cadillac seems to have stuck with a 22-inch wheel set up, but the V wheels are coming in a new dark gray-paint scheme. To help stop this high horsepower chariot big brakes and red-painted calipers are also visual As we work our way to the rear, the Escalade V  receives a more aggressive rear bumper. A quad exhaust with squared-off tips is visible as well as a small diffuser between the exhaust tips. 

When it comes to the engine we can only speculate that it only makes sense for it to be receiving a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 that is expected to reside under the hood. That is the same engine that powers Cadillacs CT5-V Blackwing produces an orgasmic 668 horsepower and 659 pound-feet of torque. The Escalade will more than likely be a detuned version of itself by the looks of the video. Redline looked to be coming in at around 6200 rpm which is 300 rpm lower than in the CT5-V Blackwing. Both of these Escalades shown are standard-length models, but there are already roomers that Cadillac will be offering the V-Series in its extended ESV length, too. Stay tuned for more info when it drops!

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