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Cadillac XLR

The Cadillac XLR

With the CTS a certified Cadillac unwrapped a new two-seat for 2004 that made forget the old Allante. Called in line with the brand’s three-letter name scheme, it was a C6 Corvette engineered to Cadillac of quality and refinement. In fact, Corvette developed the XLR before in earnest on the C6, and that experience the Corvette.

The XLR was easy to dismiss as a Caddy in Corvette clothing, but were many key differences. For the XLR design was new-school Cadillac, a bit old news, having been previewed by the Evoq concept back in 1999. Also, the XLR only as a hardtop convertible, a power-retracting solid roof pirouetted into the trunk that of main rivals SL and Lexus SC 430 (and left as luggage space).

Other distinctions included suspension tuning, slightly steering (by GM’s Magnasteer and 18-inch tires of slightly section. The XLR also differed in being a bit longer, taller, narrower, and some 450 pounds than a ragtop C6.

And then there was the all-Cadillac What else for the division’s image-leader? A heavily revised Gen II of the respected 4.6 Northstar V-8 boasted new heads with freer-flow and higher compression (10.5:1), a stiffer block and crank, manifolds, and by-wire electronic control.

The result was 320 bhp at 6400 rpm and 310 pound-feet of maxing at 4400. The only was a five-speed automatic with a manual shift gate vs. the initial four-speed automatic or six-speed manual.

Shown is the 2004 Cadillac XLR‘s 4.6 Northstar V-8.

Naturally, the XLR inherited the Corvette’s uniframe structure. Composite panels draped around a skeleton with a stiff backbone section, hydroformed rails, aluminum windshield a cross-cowl magnesium reinforcing and aluminum sandwich floors light balsa-wood cores. so, the XLR was clearly a luxury tourer, not an sports car.

And there was wrong with that not with 0-60 mph available in than 6.0 seconds and sticky skidpad acceleration.

Cadillac XLR

The price was right, too. the initial $76,000 tab was almost that of a base Corvette the XLR came with most amenity known in the automotive power everything, heated/cooled OnStar, a navigation system, cruise control that maintained a safe following and Cadillac’s new Keyless Access with engine-start button and no keylocks. The only option was radio, and that became for 2006, along with xenon headlamps.

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