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February 2023

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@ranchandcoast RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE FEBRUARY 2023 79 I might otherwise have been a bit dumbstruck when Cadillac announced its V-Series treatment to the giant, segment-leading Escalade. is tall, 6,217-pound utility is hardly the foundation most sporting drivers look for when performance amusement is the goal. But when German archrivals are offering M and AMG versions of X7 and GLS behemoths, common wisdom can take a back seat to opportunity. Let's face it, if you're running Cadillac, do you want to defend not competing in a lucrative segment? Driving Test I spent the Christmas holidays touring around New Jersey's highways and rural roads along with a short time in Manhattan. As the $150,000+ MSRP might suggest, the V-Series Escalade includes every luxury feature on the indulgent wish list. e Radiant Red Tintcoat paint, a perfect color for the season, was the sole $1,795 option. Under the hood, the hand-built 862 HP engine with a plaque signed by the builder propelled the big fella from rest to 60 in just 4.4 seconds. If you encounter a dragstrip in your travels, a quarter mile takes just 12.74 of those precious motoring moments. I didn't test this big rig on a racetrack and I doubt that's where you'll encounter one out in the wild. But the suspension tuning, big Brembo brakes, and nicely centered steering all contribute to the kind of balance you expect from a top tier luxury brand. And how many hotrods can accommodate seven people while towing 7,000 pounds? at's a short list! Front-engine, all-wheel drive 6.2-liter supercharged V8 682 @ 6,000 RPM 653 lb.ft. @ 4,400 RPM $148,195 $151,165 11 city 16 highway 13 combined TYPE: ENGINE HORSEPOWER: TORQUE: BASE PRICE: AS TESTED: FUEL CONSUMPTION: 2023 Cadillac Escalade 4WD V-Series

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