There’s no excuse for the 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V — except the guilty pleasure of driving perhaps the most extreme motor vehicle the Biden Administration wants to ban.

The Escalade-V is the high performance version of the largest SUV offered by Cadillac, General Motors’ luxury division. It is not only the company’s top-of-the-line model, but completely over-the-top. The standard normally-aspirated 6.2-liter V8 has been replaced with a supercharged version closely related to the most powerful one available in the Chevy Corvette. It produces a whopping 668 horsepower and 653 foot-pounds of torque, channeled through a quick-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels as needed.

Jim Redden is a reporter based in Portland, Ore.

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