Cadillac XLR-V luxury GT rectracting hardtop convertible
The XLR-v is Cadillac's supercharged performance version of the cutting-edge XLR GT car. Built on the "drivable chassis" tube-frame architecture it shares with the 6th generation Corvette, this entry in the "SL" class of retracting hardtop luxury GT cars tilts to the more sporting side of that equation and delivers a distinctly more tossable and dynamic experience than the squishy Lexus SC and the dreadnaught Chris Farley-esque Mercedes SL. The tube-frame and structural center tunnel architecture of the XLR/XLR-v combined with advanced SMC body panels result in a relatively lightweight and strong car that undercuts the porky Mercedes SL/SL-AMG by about a quarter ton! Now, how do you feel about a same-function car carrying around an extra 500 pounds of useless bulk everywhere it goes? The Stealth Fighter Caddy's adjustable suspension can coddle you when negotiating potholes and firm up stiff in the open twisties. Every other car juxtaposed within sight of it looks immediately dated and tired. With 443 hp and 414 lb/ft of torque moving 3810 pounds through GM's new double-clutch 6 speed intelligent (and shiftable) automatic, the XLR-v gets out of its own way effortlessly. That missing 500 pounds relative to the Mercedes is evident in every turn of the wheel. And when the top is down, the world is right even on your worst day. Run-flat tires keep you out of trouble. At a steady 80mph, I can hit 25mpg. A full tank of city streets and jammed freeways averaging under 25mph will put mileage in the teens. Perhaps a motorcycle for those days? The XLR-v interior is lean, tasteful, clean and uncluttered. I like its straightforwardness. Cadillac's technology integration is best-in-class, with everything accessible with little or no fuss. Nothing esoteric to learn. Very exclusive -- Cadillac will make fewer than 1000 Vs per year.The engine is thoroughly re-engineered from the base Northstar V8, and comprised of comprehensively upgraded componentry. These engines are hand-assembled racing-engine-style, each by a single builder. Made, of course, in the USA.