2004 Cadillac XLR Review

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May 23, 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.

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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.

Unloved Allanté

2004 Cadillac XLR

2004 Cadillac XLR

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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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