Cadillac Club: Cadillac XLR
THE CADILLAC XLR The Corvette of Cadillacís
Perhaps one of the most gorgeous cars available, the Cadillac XLR offers the Cadillac lover a sports car that rivals none, well except maybe its relative, the Corvette. Based upon the same Y-body platform as the Chevrolet Corvette and even assembled at the home of the Corvette, in Bowling Green Kentucky, the Cadillac XLR has not shown great potential in sales like it was once thought to do so. Perhaps for obvious reasons, the entry level price for the Cadillac XLR is around $77,000.
The Cadillac XLR offers the upper class buyer the ride of luxury by traditional Cadillac standards combined with the look of a great sports car. The XLR has its own unique styling, offering its drivers a power-retractable aluminum hardtop, as well as a 4.6 liter Northstar engine, a Cadillac exclusive. The Cadillac XLR is the second type of roadster offered to Cadillac fans within recent years, its predecessor, the Cadillac Allante was produced from 1987 to 1993.
Safety features on this sports car are impressive, as well. The Cadillac XLR
has side impact head and thorax air bags, contained in the side of the seats, as
well as the frontal air bags. It also has General Motors On-Star emergency
assistance system; as well, the optional feature of satellite radio is
Standard Cadillac XLR features also include:
- Heated and cooled leather seats
- Real wood trim
- Heads-up lighted display
- seven-inch color touch screen
The touch screen is cool as it allows access to both the navigation system
and the audio system and aluminum accents. Like other sport roadsters, the cargo
space is limited but this car isnít purchased for its cargo room, anyway.
Earlier this year, manufacturers introduced the newest form of Cadillac XLR to the public, the Cadillac XLR-V. The
V-series of automobiles from Cadillac utilizes the newest in innovation, the Northstar Supercharged V8 engine. As well, the newest XLR will boast a 6 speed automatic transmission, larger brakes from the Z51 Corvette, and 19 inch wheels. The Cadillac XLR-V will be able to accelerate from 0-60 within five seconds. Most likely, these fast roadsters will be available in early 2006.