The XLR roadster from Cadillac although comparable to the Corvette, was more of a grand touring machine than a true-to-life sports car from a bygone era. However, its stature and classic driving style gave a strong reminder of what used to be. The responses of the SLR were more refined and driver-friendly, helped by its smooth 4.6 litre 320 horsepower V8 engine.
A Bold Mixture of the New and Traditional
The XLR roadster from Cadillac was in a certain sense an enigma. With its retractable top and luxury fixtures and fittings, it projected the flavour of a traditional sports car. However, the use of lightweight components in its structure, for example, part aluminum suspension pieces and compounded body panels brought the XLR into modern driving.
This was added to with a standard Magnetic Ride Control, which was a versatile suspension system, designed to automatically conform to the changing driving environment. With projected exterior angular styling and classic distinctive eucalyptus-wood cockpit finishes; the Cadillac XLR roadster produced an enviable image. This was highlighted by its power-retractable hardtop roof that efficiently catered for particular driving demands.
A Sample of Driving History
From 2004 to 2009, the luxury XLR Cadillac roadster could be seen by some as a part of driving history that with its dual seats and retractable top, reproduced images of that magical past. It was offered with practically all the image associated luxury features that included 46-centimetre (18-inch) alloy wheels with run-flat tires.
* Taking it further into the upper-class modern motoring scenario included;
* Adaptable xenon HID headlights
* Heated-adjustable leather seats
* Dual-zone automatic climate control
* Adaptive cruise control
* Bluetooth, a navigation system and a Bose audio system with satellite radio and a CD changer, and a lot more!
The most notable of the minimal changes made to the XLR Cadillac was the upgrading of the five-speed-automatic transmission to a six-speed for the 2007 model year. In addition, the available special edition Platinum trim colour-theme, during the latter years of the XLR model.
An XLR Overview
This XLR Cadillac roadster is probably best described as a refined traditional sports car. It had some muscle power with its 4.6L V8 engine, which with its original 5-speed automatic transmission, produced 320 horsepower, with 310 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. However, not taken into account the transmission, the XLR roadster was a lively performer, with a 0-96 km in under 6 seconds and cruising at high-speed was relaxing and quiet.
This was a car with character that reinforced the fact that motoring can be a unique experience even in the presumed technically-perfect driving world of today.
The Cadillac XLR was a refreshing change for those motorists, who relish tearing along the highway in an open-topped car, in a blast from the past!