The 2008 Cadillac XLR-V is the hottest version of the brand’s two-seat retractable-hardtop roadster. It’s derived in part from the Chevrolet Corvette, but the XLR-V has a supercharged V-8 engine and straight-edge style all its own.
The Detroit News calls the XLR-V a “sharply chiseled two-seater,” while Cars.com points out "stealth fighters inspired [the XLR],” adding that it’s “a contemporary expression of Cadillac's heritage of landmark design and advanced technology." Kelley Blue Book says the "edgy styling stands out from the crowd,” while Edmunds predicts its shape “will appeal to those looking to roll up to the valet in something different from the status quo.” As a “V” version of a Cadillac vehicle, the XLR-V gets special "design features [which] include polished wire-mesh upper and lower grilles, a sculpted hood and four stainless-steel exhaust tips," Cars.com points out.
The interior is definitely a step above the 2008 Cadillac XLR-V's little brother, the XLR; Cars.com reports that "the interior has Zingana wood trim and aluminum accents on the wheel," while the Detroit News raves that it's "trimmed in rich-looking ebony leather with French stitching and matching perforated-suede inserts, as well as aluminum accents on the steering wheel and instrument panel." On the other hand, Edmunds is not such a fan of the interior of the Cadillac XLR-V 2008: "abundant wood and metallic accents are a good start, but aesthetics ultimately miss the mark, thanks to generic-looking switchgear and unspectacular leather. For a car that costs a hair short of $100,000, this is a profound disappointment."