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2004 Cadillac XLR

2004 Cadillac XLR

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Coming wrapped in its own sharp-edged styling and exclusive powertrain, the Chevrolet Corvette-based XLR roadster debuted for 2004 to become the new standard-bearer at Cadillac. While the company largely failed at its last attempt to create and market a flagship two-seater, the ill-fated Allante in the late 1980s, the XLR seems to be a hit. The vehicle is built with extensive use of aluminum to help make it light and nimble, and a power retractable hardtop enables it to go from closed coupe to open roadster in less than 30 seconds. Ample power comes from a 320-horsepower version of Cadillac's 4.6-liter "Northstar" V-8 engine, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. 0-60 times are said to register at around six seconds. Inside, the XLR is elegantly styled, highlighted by wood trim, aluminum accents and gauges created by Italy's Bulgari. Its power perforated-leather seats are both heated and cooled. Included are such chassis control systems as StabiliTrak stability control, Magnasteer power steering, and Magnetic Ride Control, and the car includes a navigation system, keyless access with push-button start, adaptive cruise control, and a DVD entertainment system. For 2005, XLR buyers can choose between either a dark or light eucalyptus interior, and can specify a Blue Steel exterior.

2004 Cadillac XLR by TCC Team (5/26/2003)
A new lease on sportscar life for GM's rapid social climber.


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