If GM ever decides to do a Cadillac Escalade V-Series, chances are it'd look something like the Escalade Sport concept being debuted at SEMA. Lowered, rolling on 24s, wearing mesh grilles in front and dual exhaust tips in back, the Escalade Sport backs its amped-up appearance with 550 horses underhood. The revamped interior includes a leather-covered IP, Recaro seating for four, and a new center console complete with relocated shifter. We were fine with the garden-variety 400-horse Escalade, but after seeing this, we kinda want one. Sure, no one asked for it, but this is SEMA, a carnival of answers to unasked questions. As those answers go, this one's pretty good.

[Source: GM]


The Cadillac Escalade Sport concept showcases even more of the dramatic presence and power that has made Escalade the sales and image leader among large luxury SUVs. The Escalade Sport showcases a small-block V-8 that produces approximately 550 horsepower and is backed by a heavy-duty 6L80 six-speed transmission. Modified front and rear fascias, along with enhancements including 24-inch wheels, a lowered ride height and special aero rockers provide the Escalade Sport with a distinctive look.

Vehicle highlights:

* Escalade Sport concept
* Small-block V-8 with approximately 550 horsepower
* 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission
* Unique air induction and exhaust systems; underhood cover
* Sport-tuned suspension with two-inch-lowered ride height
* High-performance brake package
* Modified front and rear fascia with new upper and lower grilles
* Fog lamp housing
* New roof rack
* New side air extractors with lights
* New hood
* Retractable side steps with aero rockers
* Dual rear exhaust Corsa cat-back exhaust with new tips
* Twenty-four-inch, forged alloy wheels
* "Sport" badging
* Recaro sport bucket seats in first and second rows; third-row seat deleted
* Leather-wrapped upper instrument panel, console and upper door panels
* Specific gauge cluster graphics
* Aluminum cargo floor with runners and tie-downs
* Unique finish on trim plates
* Modified center console with new shifter and shift knob
* Billet aluminum pedals
* European-spec clear taillamps

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