The sleek looking Cadillac XLR is an ultra luxury Grand Touring 2-door coupe convertible roadster that also was the flagship vehicle of Cadillac during its production from 2004 to 2009. It is powered by a Cadillac Northstar 4.6L V8 that puts out 320 hp for quick get-up-and-go and a smooth highway ride. The 6-speed transmission sends that horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheel drive for spirited performance. The car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds. The XLR is a cousin to the sporty Chevrolet Corvette, but it has serious luxury components and a higher price tag, an MSRP of $86,215 - $86,215 or more for the XLR-V model.
Assembled in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Cadillac XLR was well appointed with some major luxury features. The body included lightweight components and suspension pieces made from aluminum, and its curb weight registered 3840 pounds. Driving economy is considered to be very good for a loaded luxury sports coupe at 15/24 city/hwy mpg. Ride comfort is enhanced by standard Magnetic Ride Control, which allows automatic firming up or softening of the suspension according to driving conditions. Another special feature on the Cadillac XLR convertible is a power retractable hardtop roof, which can provide the added security of a coupe.
XLR has the same Y-body platform as its cousin, the Corvette. When introduced in 2004, Cadillac XLR had a 5- speed automatic transmission, which later evolved into the 6-speed automatic in 2007. A high performance version of XLR, the XLR-V, was on the market by 2005. It had more speed, a supercharged engine that can produce 443 hp, and move from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. The XLR-V hit the sales floor in 2006 as one of GM's most expensive cars with a base price of $98,000 in 2006 and $101,300 for 2008.
Cadillac XLR speed, power and presence on the road matched its luxury styling. Exterior lines were bold and angular, and the interior had luxury appointments including a unique eucalyptus-wood cockpit. The two-seater roadster had leather covered 8-way power bucket seats that are heated and cooled, heads-up display, Bose audio system, Bluetooth, AM/FM/XM satellite radio with CD changer, OnStar, adaptive cruise control, and dual-zone climate control. Some limited edition models also had special colors, wheels and trim options.
Other luxury features of Cadillac XLR included 18 alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, navigation, run-flat tires, stability control, airbags, rear parking sensors, anti-lock disc brakes, xenon HID headlights, and variable intermittent wipers. Warranty coverage was 48/50,000 Bumper-to-Bumper, 72/unlimited for Corrosion, and 60/100,000 for Roadside Assistance. In 2004, Cadillac XLR received a nomination for North American Car of the Year. It also is honored with invitations to participate in National Corvette Homecoming celebrations.
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