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by TCC Team (5/22/2003)
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It was designed to evoke a very different era – a time when Cadillac truly set the standard of the world of luxury cars. Now, after a seemingly interminable wait, the Evoq concept car is ready to hit the road, albeit in renamed form as the Caddy XLR.
Largely based on the Corvette chassis and powered by an updated version of the highly-regarded Northstar V-8, XLR has some credible credentials. But it’s also going up against some of the world’s best and most desirable products, such as the striking Mercedes-Benz SL roadster and the quirky but popular Lexus SC430. To see if Caddy’s new roadster can compete, TheCarConnection took a jaunt to Phoenix, where temperatures hovered well over 100 degrees – hot enough to fry a chicken, never mind the egg, on the pavement.
The XLR is Cadillac’s first roadster since the demise of the largely unloved Allanté, an ill-conceived and poorly executed ragtop that said a lot about the overall problems long plaguing General Motors’ flagship division. When Allanté debuted, back in 1987, it suffered from a wide range of problems, including a Rube Goldberg-style top that took almost a half hour to raise and lower. Yet overconfident managers decided, at the last minute, to tack on almost $20,000 to the originally planned price tag, feeling they could command the same as a Mercedes SL. The results were catastrophic, and Allanté eventually faded from the line-up.
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