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Rooted in the dramatically styled Evoq concept car first shown at the 1999 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Cadillac XLR roadster heralded a resurgent, performance-minded Cadillac Division that would soon take on the world’s best at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Importantly, the XLR conclusively proved that high-technology high-performance automobiles can be aesthetically appealing. The most radical and certainly the best-performing Cadillac model since the celebrated 1967 Eldorado, the XLR continues to make a striking automotive statement. Featuring Cadillac’s new design language emphasizing bold, aggressive lines, the XLR has the performance credentials and all-around sophistication to match.
Starting with an all-new performance-oriented chassis design, Cadillac engineers added the comfort and refinement of a luxury coupe. The light, strong and rigid chassis is also the basis for the C6 Corvette. In fact, XLR chassis development provided valuable experience that was later applied to the Corvette program. Powered by the 4.6-liter Northstar V-8 developing 320 horsepower mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, the XLR delivers stunning levels of performance. In July 2003, Road & Track testers sprinted from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 5.6 seconds and covered the quarter-mile in 14.0 seconds. Top speed was an electronically limited 155 miles per hour.
With an ideal 50/50 weight distribution and communicative steering, Road & Track compared the XLR’s handling to that of pure sports cars. The XLR remains a true dual-purpose roadster, capable of handling all road conditions with stability and confidence. Technical innovations abound, including Magnetic Ride Control, anti-lock brakes, stability-control and traction-control systems. The XLR-V raised the performance bar even further with its roots-type Eaton supercharger pushing power output of the 32-valve Cadillac Northstar V-8 engine to 443 horsepower and 414 pounds-feet torque. Performance was, and remains, electrifying with 13.0-second quarter-mile times and the ability to assault the skidpad at 0.87 g as proven in testing by Road & Track editors.
Interior accommodations were a tasteful blend of aluminum accents and exotic wooden trim. The clean, uncluttered cockpit features heated and cooled 8-way adjustable leather seats, analog gauges, and a seven-inch multi-function LCD screen controlling the DVD navigation and Bose premium entertainment system. While carving corners, the XLR-V driver can monitor vital information with the heads-up display. This outstanding example is equipped with every available option as expected and includes HID headlamps with washers, XM satellite radio, rear park assist, dual-zone climate control, driver and passenger front and side airbags, and theft deterrent system. Best of all, it offers year-round comfort at the push of a button with its amazing retractable hardtop roof design.