The huge Cadillac Escalade SUV had to change as many as five generations before the company decided to create a charged modification under the letter V. However, this does not mean that the idea of creating a “hot” Escalade did not occur to Cadillac bosses.
From an interview with GM Authority, product manager David Schiavone noted that at some point the possibility of installing a 16-cylinder gasoline engine in the Escalade was even considered. Unfortunately, he did not say when this project was on the agenda, and how far it has progressed.
Importantly, Cadillac did not have such an engine in mass production. Presumably, the conceptual Sixteen of 2003 could share it. It was equipped with a 13.6-liter V16, created on the basis of the famous GM LS small-block. Its output was approximately 1,015 horsepower and 1,356 Nm of torque. With it, the Escalade could remain the most powerful production SUV in the world to this day.
By the way, the 16-cylinder internal combustion engine was last installed on Cadillacs back in the 30s. It was received exclusively by flagship models.
The most powerful Cadillac SUV today is the Escalade-V with a supercharged 8-cylinder LT4 engine with a volume of 6.2 liters. It produces 692 hp and 885 Nm of torque. Of course, these are not as impressive figures as they could be with a huge V16, but even so, the model reaches the first hundred in just 4.4 seconds. However, the maximum speed is limited to 200 kilometers per hour.