Fully customized high-end trucks and SUVs draw us in like moths to a flame. We're just suckers for a driveable stance with large wheels, and all the glitz and glamour of supple leather and buttery suede infused seamlessly with the full ability to still function as a utilitarian vehicle. Sprinkle in some upgraded handling with braking performance and it's just icing on the cake. Extra points if the engine has been heavily massaged for road-dominating power. We admit it's a sickness that we don't want a cure for.

Jim Lewis, owner of Pro Motorsports in Scottsdale, Arizona, has been a longstanding connoisseur and artisan in the high-class auto and truck arena. Specializing in working with professional athletes from all the major sports leagues, Jim and Pro Motorsports have provided custom vehicles to countless professional athletes over the company's two-decade history, and it doesn't stop there. Pro Motorsports' wheeled creations are regularly featured at every major auto show thanks to partnerships that extend deep into the industry. We usually find time to delve into Jim's latest creations every year at the annual SEMA show in decadent Las Vegas, Nevada, and that's exactly where we came across this 2011 Cadillac Escalade EXT.

To keep the Escalade looking right, a stock suspension wasn't going to cut it, but a properly performing ride was mandatory. Minimizing the fender clearance is a Pedders suspension Street Package system that left the Cadillac poised two inches lower with a controlled and comfortable ride. Those two inches of drop set the EXT just right over the blacked-out Cor LLadro wheels and 295/30R26 Pirelli rubber. Peering from behind the multispoked wheels are oversized Brembo rotors and custom-painted six-piston calipers. As if the wheels and brakes weren't enough, Pro Motorsports adorned the SUV with powdercoated stainless steel Vail grilles from Strut. Both the primary and side vents were chosen, not only for their classy diamond mesh design, but also because Strut designed its Vail-series grilles with bright white LED illumination for a high-end touch. Finalizing the truck's exterior transformation is a full satin pearl white paintjob adding just the correct amount of European flair.

GM's stock interior wasn't going to cut it for this high profile ride. Bringing the exterior color in required pulling all the Cadillac's wood trim panels, and coating them white for proper contrast against the black and silver factory accoutrements. The Escalade's interior trim was addressed with custom-stitched leather accents on the center console lid and in the quad doors. Completely reworked seat covers give the EXT more appeal. The white “Bentley stitching” against the black leather furnishes plenty of contrast and makes an originally equipped Escalade appear utterly boring. Monogrammed Strut floor mats and a suede headliner craft the interior into a more appealing place in which to endure the daily grind. Most any athlete is an audiophile, just as we are, so the EXT was fully loaded with Kicker gear that can be controlled by the video head unit or the custom iPad mount Pro Motorsports designed on the center console.

All of the modifications done to this Cadillac Escalade are smoothly integrated with all the feel and appeal of a luxury sedan from “across the pond.” Should your banking pool be deeper than ours, dive into the Pro Motorsports site for some ideas on how they can help you turn your ride into something spectacular.

Inside the Build
Year Make Model:
2011 Cadillac Escalade EXT
Owner and City/State:
Jim Lewis • Scottsdale, Arizona

Engine
Type: 6.2L V-8
Induction: K&N
Exhaust: Borla 3-inch

Drivetrain
Transmission: Six-speed auto
Rearend: 8.5-inch, 3.42 gears

Chassis
Front Suspension: Pedders 2-inch drop
Rear Suspension: Pedders 2-inch drop
Front Brakes: Brembo 15-inch, six-piston
Rear Brakes: Brembo 15-inch, four-piston

Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 26x10 Cor Lladro
Tires: Pirelli 295/30R26