• Cadillac Escalade V prototype
  • Image Credit: KGP Photography
  • Cadillac Escalade V prototype
  • Image Credit: KGP Photography
  • Cadillac Escalade V prototype
  • Image Credit: KGP Photography
  • Cadillac Escalade V prototype
  • Image Credit: KGP Photography
  • Cadillac Escalade V prototype
  • Image Credit: KGP Photography
  • Cadillac Escalade V prototype
  • Image Credit: KGP Photography
  • Cadillac Escalade V prototype
  • Image Credit: KGP Photography
  • Cadillac Escalade V prototype
  • Image Credit: KGP Photography

This mystery Cadillac Escalade prototype could be a rumored V model featuring a supercharged LT4 V8. This prototype, sporting a fancy exhaust and other unique elements under fairly elaborate camouflage, was spied testing on public roads in Michigan. 

Since it's still quite comprehensively disguised, we can't say much for certain about what this prototype has going on underneath. We can see a new set of wheels, a quad-tip exhaust and what appears to be a redesigned lower front bumper, but our spies didn't indicate anything else definitive — not even the telltale whine of a supercharger. That seems a glaring omission, given that a V model would almost certainly be powered by the same supercharged V8 found in the CT5-V Blackwing, where it is expected to develop well north of 650 horsepower. 

Cadillac chief engineer Tony Roma has previously suggested that more V-badged cars are in the pipeline without confirming which ones or when to expect them. An unverified report published in February 2021 claims the Escalade's 6.2-liter V8 will soon receive a 200-horsepower bump thanks to a factory-backed, dealer-installed supercharger; a full-fledged V model would take that formula a step further.

If you're not familiar with Cadillac's latest performance offerings, "V" models are now the mid-range performance variants, similar to Audi's "S" cars in that they offer a bump in power and handling but stop short of being full-blown track monsters. That treatment is reserved for the new "Blackwing" nameplate, which was derived from the twin-turbocharged V8 of that same name that was originally slated to power those range-topping models. 

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