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Selected Style 2-Door Roadster 5.5L V8
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster 5.5L V8 13 21 $91,605 $98,500
2-Door Roadster 5.5L V12 11 18 $129,363 $139,100
2-Door Roadster 6.2L AMG 12 19 $125,550 $135,000
2-Door Roadster 6.0L AMG 11 18 $181,071 $194,700
2-Door Coupe 6.0L AMG Black Series 11 18 $278,070 $299,000
2-Door Convertible Platinum
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Convertible Platinum 15 24 $78,886 $86,215
Pricing
Invoice Price
$91,605
$78,886
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$98,500
$86,215
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1642 / month
$1437 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line The SL’s new look isn’t to everyone’s liking, but in AMG guise, it’s now more punch than paunch—and a worthy stealth Ferrari-chaser. The eye-catching 2009 Cadillac XLR starts with the sharp-edged Corvette and makes some compromises for the sake of grand-touring luxury.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 13 mpg 15 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 21 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2 Seater Two-seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.0 54.3
Passenger Capacity 2 2
Front Leg Room (in) 42.9 42.6
Front Hip Room (in) 56.9 53.0
Passenger Volume (ft³) 50.0 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in) 37.7 37.6
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 51.1 50.4
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.5 62.2
Wheelbase (in) 100.8 105.7
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - TBD - 72.3
Track Width, Front (in) 61.4 62.2
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 180.4 177.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 10.2 (7.2 w/top down) 11.6 max 4.4 min
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x 0.4 12.0 x 1.0
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.0 x 1.1 12.8 x 1.3
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 18
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 17.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.2 39
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.6 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA QMS
Front Tire Size P255/40ZR18 P235/50WR18
Spare Tire Size Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code NA QMS
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P285/35WR18 P235/50WR18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4220 3647
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 9.5 18 x 8
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.5 18 x 8
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 150
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas V8 Gas V8
Fuel System SFI SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 391 @ 2800-4000 310 @ 4400
Engine Order Code NA LH2
Displacement 5.5L/333 4.6L/279
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 382 @ 6000 320 @ 6400
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 13 15
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 16 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 21 24
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.42 (R2 2.23) 3.06
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.86 2.36
Trans Order Code NA MX0
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - TBD - 2.73
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.37 1.15
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.82 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.38 4.03
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73 -
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.92 1.53
Trans Type 7 6
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Summary
Body Style 2 Door Convertible 2 Door Conv
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Cadillac XLR
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) 5-Arm Multi-Link SLA double wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) 4-Link SLA double wishbone
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 3 4
 
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