2006 Cadillac XLR-V |MotorWeek

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2006 XLR-V

Episode 2540

Back our grandparents were driving and Hudsons, V stood for victory. But in the century, V stands for outrageous and speed, at least it does at Their V-Series high cars started with the sedan and then added the STS-V.

Well, now their tuners have pumped up a this XLR-V roadster. It like the coolest and quickest yet!

The Cadillac XLR has already itself as a powerful and entertaining roadster. But that wasn#8217;t for Cadillac#8217;s Performance Division. So, the 2006 XLR-V with serious tweaks to make its as sharp as its angular styling.

It starts down deep, upgrades to the XLR#8217;s already Corvette-derived chassis and suspension. The stabilizer bar is now thicker, and a new rear bar added, along with rear lower control arm

The standard double wishbone Ride Control suspension is recalibrated, and the Magnasteer power gets a fluid cooler, wheels are 1-inch larger 19-inch alloys with low run-flat tires.

Under the a downsized 4.4-liter Northstar variable timing V8 adds a supercharger, intercooler, and a high fuel pump. Similar to the in the STS-V, roadster power by more than a third to 443 with most of the maximum 414 of torque available at only rpm. Torque which is through GM#8217;s new 6L80 6-speed automatic.

It features a quicker-shifting sport plus Driver Shift mode.

And it gives the XLR-V go-power than any Cadillac ever driven. Punch the gas and 60 in only 4.6-seconds. The quarter flies by in 13.0 seconds at 111 With the blower turning, the V8 punches the XLR-V off the line, up to the 6,700 rpm redline in a rush.

Both auto and manual are firm and quick.

Firm and also describe the handling the suspension mods substantially roll stiffness and cornering Chassis flex is minimal, and with the standard electronic system active, the XLR-V displays a fun, tossable

Brakes are extra-large, cross-drilled with black calipers and pads. Stops from 60 a good if not spectacular average of 122

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Road ride shows how solid the XLR#8217;s platform is, the body displaying little or twist. The V#8217;s firm and low profile tires, however, little give over big occasionally sending a rather shake back through the But then this is hardly traditional Caddy, as the XLR-V#8217;s ultra-aggressive stance shows.

Highlights include a V-Series wire mesh grill up new steerable headlights, and a raised dome hood to make for the supercharger. Compared to the standard the V adds deeper rocker skirts and supercharger script, the tail ends with a spoiler, lower rear and a quartet of chromed exhaust

The interior is pretty much XLR. But with its logical and high level of standard we are not disappointed. We also like the combination of wood, leather and trim.

There are dual-zone automatic controls, premium Bose with XM satellite radio, and DVD with a 7-inch color that also plays DVD when the car is parked.

And this is a four-season hot-rod convertible a retractable steel top. the top on the first XLR we tested two years ago had our V#8217;s cover was the ultimate operator, cycling up or down in than 30 seconds. But be aware with the top down the already 11.6 cubic-foot trunk to only 4.4 cubic-feet.

With all it may be no surprise to many that premium Cadillac roadster with a premium price of But the XLR-V is not just premium; it is a performer. And like all current V-Series, from the CTS-V to the it delivers a quantum leap in while still keeping its well below super-tuned like the Mercedes-Benz SL55

So, on the 2006 Cadillac XLR-V, that V stands for velocity. But it can also for victory; on the road, in the valet and most importantly for America#8217;s top brand, victory on the showroom

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