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Cadillac Club: 2000 Cadillacs: 2007 Cadillac XLR

2007 Cadillac XLR

2007 Cadillac XLR Roadster

The engineers and the design team at Cadillac have crafted one truly remarkable car in the Cadillac XLR Roadster. By combining a Corvette frame with Cadillac's newest styling edge, the XLR can confidently handle every corner and keep pace with just about any car in and out of its class.

The Cadillac XLR traces its roots to the Evoq design that showed up on Cadillac vehicles that were making the rounds at car shows in the earlier part of this decade. With its chiseled edges, crisp lines, and thoroughly modern design, the XLR Roadster invites the curious to examine and reconsider the entire Cadillac line, just as GM hoped that it would.

Unlike the Corvette, the XLR is powered by Cadillac's famed 4.6L Northstar V8 engine. Mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission, the roadster teases as it pulls away from a complete stop almost beckoning less capable cars to join in the race. Indeed, its swank appearance is one thing, but its 320 h.p. V8 tells the complete picture: this roadster fully lives up to its promises.

Sales of the car have been below expectations but that hasn't seemed to have bothered Cadillac all that much. The brand wanted a "halo" car, a vehicle that would single handedly transform Cadillac's previously staid image and introduce the line to a new generation of potential buyers. Priced at just over $78,000 it is also the most expensive Cadillac ever built, thus owners are rewarded with a free, premium care plan for their purchase.

The two seat roadster looks sharp with hard top roof off or on. All the gadgets and gizmos you would expect in a car of this class can be found in the Cadillac XLR Roadster including adaptive headlamps that “see” around corners.

Truly, this Cadillac is a capable and formidable competitor to the storied Mercedes Benz SL500 and to the class leading Lexus SC 430 and is certainly worth your every consideration if you are in the market for a car of this stature.

Take a look at this beauty taken at the New York Auto show.

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