The supercharged 6.2-liter V8 in the 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V ESV produces 682 horsepower.

The 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V might just be the perfect Cadillac.

Not the best – don’t ask me to compare it to the pioneering Caddie engineering of a century ago, the Mid-Century Modern design statements or the V-Series sports sedans that helped restore the marks its relevance 20 years ago. Each era is unique. I can’t rank them any higher than my dad versus my grandfather versus my great-grandfather, but the Escalade-V is the embodiment of everything Cadillac should stand for: design, power, substance.

It’s an ideal prelude to the brand’s move to electric power, which begins in earnest with the Lyriq SUV this summer and the ultra-luxury Celestiq to come later this year.

The Escalade-V drives a stake into the ground. Powerful, fast, luxurious, technically superlative, it’s a challenge for the next generation:

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