Towing a boat with the 2017 Cadillac Escalade: 6 things you need to know

A day in the life of most Cadillac Escalades starts with dropping the kids off at school followed by a visit to the local Starbucks watering hole, but these big brutes are well-suited to far more strenuous activities.

While most of the Escalade’s rivals feature car-like unibody construction for improved on-road dynamics and more interior space, underneath the hulking Escalade sits a beefy, pickup-derived frame that makes it a not-too-distant cousin to the Chevrolet Silverado. That makes for tighter interior room than its ZIP code-filling proportions might suggest, but it’s weekend-rated with optional four-wheel drive and up to 8,300 pounds of trailer-tugging capability.

After spending a weekend towing boats with the Escalade, we learned a few things you might want to know:

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Luxury towing is nice

While the Escalade might be a truck at heart, it’s a damn fancy rig. With an

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Rolls-Royce Is Mentioned In Music More Than Any Other Brand

Hip hop music and expensive vehicles usually go hand-in-hand. But amongst the seemingly endless stream of references to Bimmers, Benzes, and Bentleys, one brand surpasses them all in terms of overall use. According to a new study by Bloomberg, Rolls-Royce ranks as the most referenced brand in hip hop and pop music.

The study looked through the lyrics of each song that made it into the top 20 spots of the Billboard Hot 100 from May 2014 to May 2017, and noted that Rolls-Royce was mentioned 11 times. Just behind Rolls-Royce was Ferrari with nine mentions, Hennessy (the drink, not the aftermarket shop) with seven mentions, and Porsche with seven mentions. 

Chevrolet and Lamborghini tied for six mentions, while Bentley, Cadillac, and Mercedes-Benz tied for five mentions each. Among the other non-automotive brands noted on the list, Nike’s Air Jordan sneakers, Rolex, and Xanax were mentioned five

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Alibaba’s Taobao And Tmall Sites Start Selling Cars, Including Cadillacs

Besides being the world’s largest car market on a volume basis, China is also full of unique quirks and eccentricities. For instance, one can now buy cars online in the country.

According to a report from SCMP, websites owned by the Alibaba Group Holdings including Taobao, TMall and AliExpress, which together make up the world’s largest e-commerce services, have added cars that include GM’s Cadillac vehicles to the cosmetics, groceries, electronics, sportswear and cruise holidays they already sell.

According to data provided by Alibaba, as many as 100,000 vehicles by dozens of makers were sold during a 24-hour period on November 11th on Taobao and Tmall, roughly equivalent to the amount of cars typically sold by 1,000 Chinese dealerships in a month.

The best-selling brand? Chery Automobile Co., which sold 13,000 sedans and compact cars on Friday. Meanwhile, SAIC Motor Co., the largest Chinese carmaker that also operates a joint venture with General Motors in China, sold 1,500 RX5 SUVs.

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Craigslist Find: Man Bets On America, Provocative Girls To Sell His C7 Corvette

There are thousands upon thousands of vehicles sitting on Craigslist looking for a new home. That likely includes hundreds, if not thousands, of Corvettes, too.

It’s understandable that you want to write your advertisement in a way to grab the attention of the reader, and this guy is sure trying hard to do just that.

The seller of this 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray on Craigslist has taken it upon himself to really play up the ‘Murica vibe in this ad. In one photo, the C7 Corvette is flanked by explosions and bald eagles. The other photo shows the car surrounded by women in provocative poses, insinuating the C7 Corvette is a true babe magnet.

Of course, all of this is done with utmost expertise in photoshop. Can you smell the sarcasm?

The seller states the bald eagles and girls don’t come with the car, but does state after one lap around

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1984 Chevrolet Camaro ‘DreamRyder’ May Actually Be Of Nightmares

“To each his or her own” is a very well-rounded way to digest the entire automotive community. We stumble upon many… let’s say, interesting builds here at GM Authority, but this 1984 Chevrolet Camaro “DreamRyder” is starting things off freaky in 2017.

Hemmings has listed the Camaro DreamRyder for sale and apparently the owner has spent 13 years creating it with plenty of swooping fiberglass panels. But if you thought the exterior was wild, wait until you see the interior.

The cabin is finished with leopard and zebra fur for an extravagant, soft-touch material experience.

Really, it’s no wonder this 1984 Camaro comes in as a bargain with a $250,000 sale price. You can also grab a closer look at this off-the-wall Camaro in the video up above.

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1967 Chevrolet C10 Driven In ‘Fast And Furious’ For Sale: eBay Find

Fast and Furious fans, there’s a special truck looking for a new home. The 1967 Chevrolet C10 driven by Sung Kang’s character, Han, in the fourth installment of the franchise, “Fast and Furious,” has surfaced for sale on eBay.

You’ll remember the truck from the gasoline truck heist in the beginning of the film, but we doubt whoever becomes the next owner will be pulling off similar stunts. As for specs, power comes for a 502 ci V8 engine producing 370 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque. A 3-speed automatic handles shifting duties. Like a lot of the film series, the shifter from the truck’s scene is fake. No manual here.

With the sale all proper paperwork, including the title, is included from Universal Studios, authenticating the vehicle’s use in the film. Head to the link here to see more of the truck for yourself.

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Cadillac DeVille Barbecue Smoker Is A Perfect Summertime Companion

Cadillac is working to once again become the “Standard of the World,” but in the meantime, why not give your meats a similar treatment?

It is summertime after all, and it’s the season for grilling and smoking meats for outdoor get-togethers. This 1988 Cadillac DeVille has gone from a luxury machine, to posh meat smoker, thanks to one dedicated Texas resident. We’re not trying to reinforce any Texas stereotypes, but this seems like a very Texas thing to do.

We’d normally talk about horsepower and capability here, but this DeVille no longer moves. It does, though, have the capacity for up to 1,300 pounds of meat. Better be throwing one big party to utilize the entire thing. The body remains intact, but the cabin has been gutted to hide ribs, brisket or whatever one’s heart desires.

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Grab Attention With This 1959 Cadillac DeVille Custom Pickup: eBay Find

Screw an El Camino, we’ll take this. Okay, if we’re being honest, we’ll take this and an El Camino. Boy would our garages be something to see if money weren’t an issue…

Anyways, your eyes are not deceiving you. This is a 1959 Cadillac DeVille that has been transformed into a custom pickup configuration. The custom work was completed in the 1970s, and the car has been babied since. It also helps the car is local to California, meaning there’s no rust to be found here. Besides the climate working in the car’s favor to preserve it, the 1959 DeVille has also been stored in a climate controlled car port when not grabbing attention from everyone it encounters.

The seller states the car came into his possession after the original owner passed away, and is quick to point out how sparingly the car was driven. Everything is said to

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1977 Toyota Hilux With Turbocharged LS1 V8 Swap Is Kind Of Crazy, Kind Of Awesome

Today, we have another dose of LS swap for you. This is a 1977 Toyota Hilux, except, there is not a Toyota powertrain under the hood. Not at all.

Instead, the Craigslist ad for the truck states a 5.3-liter LS1 V8 engine has been dropped in with a turbocharger for good measure. The LS1 was the first of the “LS” designation engines, which arrived in 1997 with the C5 Corvette.

In addition to the GM parts bin items, the Hilux is also riding on a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria’s suspension system with disc brakes at each wheel. The seller states the truck is very clean and that it’s also “fast as shit.”

Unfortunately, we don’t know what kind of power it’s producing, thanks to the long-standing tradition of crafting ambiguous advertisements on Craigslist. But, if you’re in the Atlanta, Georgia area, $10,000 takes this crazy machine.

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