2004 Cadillac XLR - Set To Become An Icon For Cadillac's New Era
Into one of the most exclusive §egmènts of the car market comes a bold new entry from Cadillac, the 2004 XLR. Replete wîth a dynamic design, advanced technology and a unique blend of luxury and performance, the XLR is set to bring a striking new presence to the elite luxury roadster class.
The XLR underscores its vibrant visual statement wîth a performance-oriented chassis and structure, and an all-new 4.6L Northstar V-8 rear-wheel drive engine. This combination makes XLR the lightest vehicle in its class and also the most powerful.
"XLR is a luxury roadster wîth performance car roots," said David Hill, vehicle line executive for GM performance cars. "Beneath its striking exterior style, XLR has a patented performance car architecture that is ideal for a roadster and serves as a strong foundation for a car designed for great agility and bona fide luxury."
Únder its skin, the XLR offers a harmonious blend of technologies and materials meant to add pleasure, not complexity, to the driving experience. Innovative features include a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, Magnetic Ride Control, StabiliTrak, heated and cooled seats, keyless access wîth push-button start and DVD navigation and entertainment.
The XLR's interior design epitomizes contemporary luxury. Únique eucalyptus wood and striking aluminum accents combine to provide a luxurious and inviting environment. The gauges are designed in conjunction wîth Italian luxury brand Bvlgari.
The XLR is a contemporary expression of Cadillac's long heritage of landmark design and advanced technology. Inspired by §téälth fighter design, the XLR takes the ongoing product-driven resurgence of Cadillac - led by the Escalade SÚV and CTS sedan - to an entirely new level.
The XLR traces its design roots to the Evoq concept car. Cadillac stunned the automotive world wîth the audacious Evoq, unveiled at the 1999 North American International Auto Show. Soon thereafter, GM explored the potential for bringing a luxury roadster capturing the essence of the Evoq theme into production. A team led by Hill, and including Chief Designer Tom Peters and Chief Engineer David Leone, set about the task of creating an icon for the new era of Cadillac.
The Cadillac XLR begins production this spring on a dedicated assembly line at General Motors' Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Ky. Shipments to Cadillac dealers are slated to begin by mid-year 2003. The XLR will benefit from a manufacturing process that blends GM's advanced technology wîth the proven craftsmanship of the Bowling Green team.
Early indications signal that the public is anxiously awaiting the arrival of XLR.
"The new era of Cadillac design and technology, seen today on the Escalade lineup and CTS, is making a major impression on people of all ages," said Spenchian. "We have already received inquiries from 50,000 potential customers wanting more information on XLR."Source - GM Media
The XLR was a luxury roadster introduced by Cadillac at the 2003 Detroit Motor Show and production began in 2004. Originally known as the Evoq, the XLR had been shown previously. Including the Allante, the XLR is the second roadster offered by Cadillac in recent history. The XLR's biggest competition lay in the Lexus SC, the BMW 6-Series the Mercedes Benz SL-Class, the Jaguar XK and the Porsche 911. Despite all of this stiff competition, the XLR was nominated for the 2004 North American Car of the Year. A retractable hardtop, the XLR was marketed by the Cadillac division of GM, and was assembled in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Unique, the XLR is most famous for its interior and exterior styling, along with its interesting suspension, and equipment of an attractive power retractable aluminum hardtop. The Cadillac XLR was built on the Y-body platform shared with the Corvette. The Cadillac Northstar engine, with a 4.6-liter dual overhead cam V8 powers the XLR and produces an impressive 320 horsepower. The engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The XLR can achieve 17 miles to the gallon in the city and a respectable 25 miles to the gallon on the highway.
The XLR was built for performance and luxury, and it came with a 4.6 liter 320 horsepower engine. The interior featured a white on black instrument panel that gave both a sporty and still luxurious look. Interior luxury appointments included interior wood trim, 18-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, side airbags, keyless entry, heated and cooled seats, an audio and DVD system and a navigation system. Other fabulous options included XM Satellite radio, a dashboard screen that displays movies, and also allows for Internet access and a remote keyless entry. The XLR came with a 11.6 cubic foot trunk, and a very modern, edgy looking exterior.
At a base price of $76,650, the XLR unfortunately did not sell as well as Cadillac had hoped. This could mostly be due to its competition, but because of this, only 3,700 XLR units were sold in the U.S. in a year and a half. Whereas the Corvette and other similar vehicles were aimed at those seeking both speed and a sporty look, the XLR was meant for a much more refined and limited clientele.
Even though sales were not as anticipated, Cadillac went ahead and created the XLR-V in early 2005. A powerful roadster, the XLR-V was a supercharged variant of the XLR and was formally announced at the 2005 N.Y. International Auto Show. First offered in early 2006 in North America, the XLR-V became the fastest mass produced vehicle that Cadillac has every offered. The XLR-V came with a supercharged NorthStar V8, which produced 443 horsepower, 414 foot pound of torque and is SAE certified. It also features a supercharger, along with four intercoolers that are built directly into the intake manifold. The XLR-V also came with a six speed automatic transmission, along with larger brakes and even larger wheels that measured at 19 inches.
The XLR-V is capable of achieving 0-60 mph in just 4.7 seconds and 0-100 mph in just 11.3 seconds. With a top speed of 155mph, the XLR-V is only for the most refined of drivers.By Jessica Donaldson