Dr. Dre’s New Stretched Cadillac Escalade is Heaven on Wheels
In his heyday, rap artist Andre “Dr. Dre” Young used to pilot a 1964 Chevy Impala in his music videos and one of his most-popular songs was “Let Me Ride.” But just as his bank account has continued to grow over the years, his taste in automobiles has seemingly evolved too.
Thanks to a rumored half-a-billion dollar deal with Apple, Dr. Dre has joined retired boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. as celebrities who can basically buy any supercar they want and add it to their car collections, but Dre has kept it simple—somewhat—with a customized and stretched 2016 Cadillac Escalade ESV.
Becker Automotive Design in Oxnard, California, performed the modifications to the rap artist’s new Caddy. It appears Dre has already picked a custom Strut grille and unique aftermarket wheels for his SUV, which he’ll more than likely just be chauffeured around in while he sits in the back closing business deals.
The 2016 Cadillac Escalade ESV comes straight from the factory with a 6.2-liter V8 engine good for 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft or toque, so an engine upgrade wouldn’t necessarily be required to haul around the added bulk of his stretched Caddy. However, it could be speculated that Dre has already replaced the Bose 16-speaker audio system with the Beats by Dre sound equipment, which is mainly responsible for making him so ultra-rich in the first place.
Being the head of a record company–as Dre is–what better way is there to enjoy the music of your current and former artists, such as Kendrick Lamar and Game, than to relax in the back of a climate-controlled stretched Cadillac Escalade with tinted windows?
Gallery: Compare Dr. Dre’s Custom Escalade to the Factory Version
Samuel Huist is easily the tallest member (6-feet 5-inches) of the The News Wheel team. He enjoys listening to hip-hop music and loves watching NBA basketball. Sam is also a Dayton, Ohio native and doesn’t seem to mind that distinction as much anymore. His first car was a 1996 Ford Taurus he could barely fit in. Like many young folks, he seemed more concerned about the radio in his first car than actually doing the work to maintain an automobile, so sadly it’s no longer with us. See more articles by Samuel.