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Cadillac XLR Convertible (2006-2009)

GM had the Mercedes SL and Jaguar XK convertible clearly in their sights when they designed the luxury Cadillac XLR Convertible sports car. Its performance is admirable with plenty of power and grip from a stiff chassis. The mechanics were based on the Corvette Y platform, but the Cadillac was a more refined and luxurious car with a power folding aluminium hardtop.

Power came from the Northstar V8 with a 4.6-litre displacement and sent power to the rear wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission.

As one of the first cars to feature Magnetic Ride Control adjustable suspension, it could automatically adapt to different road surfaces and driving styles.

Build quality is good although perhaps not class-topping, however, the equipment level is. The Cadillac XLR has a cabin design could be better but works well enough, however the luggage compartment is a rather unusual shape due to the folding hard top. This interesting alternative was made available as left-hand-drive only with the US its main market.

Cadillac XLR Convertible Details

Production dates2006-2009
Luggage capacity 329 litres / 11.62 cu ft
Fuel tank capacity 68 litres / 18 US gal
Warranty 3 years or 60,000 miles
Service intervals 10,000 miles

Cadillac XLR Convertible

Cadillac XLR Convertible Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Engine type V8
Engine capacity 4565 cc
Power 326@6400 bhp
Torque 309@4400 lb.ft
Transmission type 6-spd auto
UK retail price from £57,545

Cadillac XLR Convertible Performance

Max speed (auto) 155 mph / 249 kph
0-60mph (auto) 5.9 seconds
0-100kmph (auto) - seconds

Cadillac XLR Convertible Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (auto) 22.1 mpg
CO2 emissions (auto) 305 g/km

Cadillac XLR-V Convertible

With a supercharged 4.6 litre Northstar V8 the Cadillac XLR-V Convertible is powerful and stylish luxury sports car. With four intercoolers the engine had the output to make it comparable with many contemporary supercars, at least in a straight line. There were also larger brakes to rein in all that power. The Corvette platform meant that it wasn't shy of corners either but it couldn't compete with the more agile competitors from Porsche and Mercedes benz.

Cadillac XLR-V Convertible Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Engine type
Engine capacity 4565 cc
Power 443 bhp
Torque 414 lb.ft
Transmission type 6-spd auto
UK retail price from £65,000

Cadillac XLR-V Convertible Performance

Max speed (auto) 155 mph / 249 kph
0-60mph (auto) 4.6 seconds

Cadillac XLR-V Convertible Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (auto) 19.8 mpg

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