2016 Callaway Escalade SC560 Review: Photo Gallery
Nailing its target demographic of luxury SUV shoppers for whom the Cadillac Escalade is just too darned subtle, the Callaway Escalade SC560 tunes it up and tricks it out to a much more appropriate level of ostentatious. We recently got to spend a little track time in this ridiculous thing at Roebling Road Raceway outside Savannah, Ga., and we gotta say, it's ridiculous.
Callaway Cars, the Connecticut-based aftermarket performance-enhancing design house closely associated with its work on Chevrolet Corvettes, took a mere mortal 2016 Cadillac Escalade ESV, and supercharged and intercooled its 6.2-liter V-8 for a 33 percent boost in horsepower and 20 percent boost in torque to 560 hp and 553 pounds-feet, respectively.
Why would you want to do this? For the same reason Fiat Chrysler Automobiles created a 707-hp, supercharged Grand Cherokee in the Trackhawk, and the same reason George Mallory said he climbed Mount Everest: Because it's there.
Beyond unnecessary performance capabilities, the Callaway Escalade is also packed with abundant Callaway-branded stuff lest you forget you coughed up as much as $115,000, according to some estimates, for the privilege of a Callaway-ified Caddy.
We drove the 2016, but we can tell you that the 2017 comes standard with a Callaway exhaust, Callaway carbon-fiber engine covers with SC560 emblems, a Callaway underhood build plaque with VIN, Callaway exterior badging, a Callaway dash plaque, Callaway-embroidered floor mats, Callaway key fobs and a Callaway authenticity documentation package. That's in addition to optional Callaway nine-spoke wheels, a Callaway suspension system, a Callaway Le Mans GT brake system and Callaway sport pedals.
Why, this bad boy couldn't be more Callaway if you had a set of Callaway golf clubs in the back and friggin' Cab Calloway crooning "Minnie the Moocher" in the front. Check out the photo gallery above to see for yourself.
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