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Cadillac XLR

The XLR is a luxury roadster sold by Cadillac and is assembled in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It is based on the same Y-body platform as the Chevrolet Corvette. The XLR uses the Cadillac Northstar engine rather than the GM LS2 engine found in the Corvette. The XLR also has its own unique styling, interior, and suspension, and has a power-retractable aluminum hardtop. The engine is Cadillac's 4.6 L Northstar tuned for 320 hp, and operates with a 5-speed automatic transmission.

Cadillac introduced the XLR at the 2003 Detroit Motor Show, and it entered production in the 2004 model year. Prior to production the XLR appeared as the Evoq in auto shows. It has a base price of $76,650. Sales have been below expectations. Rather than reaching 6,000 per year, Cadillac had sold just 4,745 in 18 months as of March 2005. 3730 were sold in the United States in all of 2005.

Designed for both performance and luxury, the XLR comes with heated and cooled leather seats, wood interior trim, 18 in alloy wheels, and side airbags. Navigation, audio, and DVD are all displayed via a 7-inch dashboard screen, and Remote Keyless Access is included. All of these features are standard. The dashboard screen also allows Internet access.

The XLR is the second roadster offered by Cadillac in recent years. The first was the Cadillac Allanté, produced from 1987 to 1993.

See Wikicars' comprehensive Cadillac XLR Review.

Recent Changes

  • For 2009, the XLR receives it's first mid-cycle facelift.[1]

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Cadillac gave the public its first glimpse of the upcoming supercharged XLR-V in its Super Bowl commercial, which aired February 6, 2005. MVP Deion Branch was also awarded an XLR. The car was formally introduced at the 2005 New York International Auto Show.


The XLR-V uses the same supercharged Northstar]] V8 as the STS-V, though output is down somewhat. For the XLR-V, the engine is certified by the SAE to produce 443 hp (330 kW) and 414 ft·lbf (561 N·m). The supercharger and four intercoolers are built into the intake manifold. A six-speed automatic transmission, larger brakes from the Z51 Corvette, and 19-inch wheels will also be used.

The XLR-V can accelerate to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds according to Car and Driver's tests. The magazine also timed it at 11.3 seconds to 100 mph and recorded a 13.0 second quarter mile at 110 mph (177 km/h). Its top speed is limited to 155 mph (249 km/h).

The XLR-V was introduced in the United States in early 2006. Upon its release, the XLR-V was the fastest production vehicle ever built by Cadillac.


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  • The XLR was nominated for the North American Car of the Year award for 2004.

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The XLR was featured as a car in Project Gotham Racing 2 video game, for XBOX. For some reason, it was featured in the Sport Coupe class. It's stats were 5 in speed acceleration and power sliding, and 4 in handling.

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