This thriller Cadillac Escalade prototype could possibly be a rumored V mannequin that includes a supercharged LT4 V8. This prototype, sporting a elaborate exhaust and different distinctive parts underneath pretty elaborate camouflage, was spied testing alongside a gaggle of C8 Chevrolet Corvettes. 

Because it’s nonetheless fairly comprehensively disguised, we will not say a lot for sure about what this prototype has happening beneath. We are able to see a brand new set of wheels, a quad-tip exhaust and what seems to be a redesigned decrease entrance bumper, however our spies did not point out anything definitive — not even the telltale whine of a supercharger. That appears a obvious omission, given {that a} V mannequin would nearly actually be powered by the identical supercharged V8 discovered within the CT5-V Blackwing, the place it’s anticipated to develop effectively north of 650 horsepower. 

Cadillac chief engineer Tony Roma has beforehand urged that extra V-badged vehicles are within the pipeline with out confirming which of them or when to anticipate them. An unverified report revealed in February 2021 claims the Escalade’s 6.2-liter V8 will quickly obtain a 200-horsepower bump because of a factory-backed, dealer-installed supercharger; a full-fledged V mannequin would take that components a step additional.

If you happen to’re not conversant in Cadillac’s newest efficiency choices, “V” fashions are actually the mid-range efficiency variants, just like Audi’s “S” vehicles in that they provide a bump in energy and dealing with however cease in need of being full-blown monitor monsters. That therapy is reserved for the brand new “Blackwing” nameplate, which was derived from the twin-turbocharged V8 of that very same title that was initially slated to energy these range-topping fashions. 

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