The 2018 Escalade is unmistakably a luxury SUV. The Escalade has a host of upscale standard features such as a leather interior, heated and ventilated front seats, self-parking assist, and more. Every Escalade is motivated by a gutsy V-8 that pairs with an all-wheel drive drivetrain and can tow up to a hefty 8300 pounds. The Escalade can comfortably fit up to eight people. Performance upgrades include the K&N Black Series cold air intake, the Gibson dual exit exhaust and a tune from DiabloSport. This combo makes your throttle more responsive, optimizes drivability, and even adds some bottom-end horsepower.
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Escalade performance is highlighted by the powerful and efficient 6.2-liter V8 engine, rated at an SAE-certified 420 horsepower (313 kW) and 460 lb-ft of torque (623 Nm). The 10-speed transmission is an all-new design and the first introduced into a luxury SUV.
The 10-speed has four simple gear sets and six clutches: two brake clutches and four rotating clutches. That’s only one more clutch than the previous eight-speed, despite having two more forward gears, contributing further to the compact packaging, while also improving spin losses to enhance fuel efficiency.
Addition highlights include:
- Precise and smooth shift feel. Shorter steps between gears and proprietary controls provide a quick, seamless shifting experience for the Cadillac customer.
- Improved efficiency. Because of the wider overall ratio spread of the 10L80, the new 10-speed allows the engine to run at lower rpm on the highway, achieving an EPA-estimated 23 mpg on the highway (2WD) — an approximately 5-percent improvement over the previous 8-speed automatic.
- Quicker shifts for better performance. The 6.2-liter V8’s 420 horsepower and the 10L80’s quick shifts help it achieve a more immediate feeling of performance, as the perfect gear is available whenever the driver tips into the engine’s power reserve.
Dragy GPS Performance Results
0-60mph, 60-130mph, 100-200kmh, 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile performance