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The comparatively new 2021 Cadillac Escalade is at present obtainable with Normal Motors’ acquainted 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine making as much as 420 horsepower. Good. There might all the time be extra energy, although. Now Motor Development reviews a manufacturing unit supercharged possibility is on the best way, with a lift of as much as 200 extra horsepower.

Motor Development cites a supply referred to as Deep Burble in its report a few supercharged Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon and Chevy Suburban from earlier this week. So we’ll file this one below Shit We Heard and seize our pinch of salt.

However supercharging the Escalade is a fairly apparent factor to do, as loads of tuning firms have made a enterprise of it and the Escalade’s luxurious opponents all provide extra highly effective variations of their huge SUVs. It could solely make sense for GM to lock down a few of that marketplace for itself.

Right here’s what Motor Development reviews:

GM shall be providing supercharged variations of those three SUVs, more than likely as a dealer-installed possibility. How a lot energy? We’d guess one other 200 hp or so, for a complete of between 600 and 625.

Whereas we will’t really matter on Deep Burble with out understanding their connection to the knowledge, Motor Development additionally reached out to somebody who will surely be comparatively in-the-know about Normal Motors engine plans, John Hennessey of Hennessey Efficiency. Hennessey gives tuner kits for varied GM fashions and makes use of GM crate motors in its autos. Right here’s what Hennessey advised Motor Development:

“GM locked their SUV ECUs for the 2020-2021 6.2-liter V-8. We are able to’t tune them,” he advised me. And it will get extra attention-grabbing: “We’re in a position to improve 2020-2021 6.2-liter GM [pickup] vehicles.”

The hypothesis right here could be that GM is deliberately locking tuners out of those fashions to in the future promote its personal tuned variants, perhaps a supercharged model with over 600 HP, I assume. Whereas such a tune’s biggest enchantment will doubtless be amongst prosperous and image-conscious Escalade consumers, the report signifies GM’s ECU lock can be current on GMC and Chevrolet SUVs with the identical engine, suggesting the supercharger equipment might go to the extra inexpensive Yukon, Tahoe and Suburban SUVs.

Extra energy for everyone is nice, and I hope the equipment is a strong worth that doesn’t completely explode your engine and break your life. However the thought that the supercharged Escalades shall be coming from inside GM this time doubtless means it’ll be value in the event you can swing it.