Upon its debut, the XLR-V was the fastest production Cadillac ever built and the first $100k car offered by the company. While the price was steep, the goal was to offer Mercedes SL55 AMG performance for the price of an SL500 – in that metric, Cadillac succeeded
The supercharged 4.4L shares very little with the base Northstar engine found in the regular XLR. Displacement is reduced from 4.6L to 4.4L to withstand the boost from the Roots-style blower, which houses a unique integrated intercooler within the manifold (quite uncommon for a factory supercharger system). This engine is shared with the STS-V, albeit with 26 less horsepower due to the packaging constraints of the XLR
Cadillac spent a substantial amount of effort ensuring the XLR-V was quiet and subtle – this was not supposed to be a shouty muscle car. The engineers did such a good job that in a period road test, Motor Trend stated “[the XLR-V] idles smoother and quieter than a garden-variety XLR”
The chassis was designed by the same engineers that did the C6 Corvette. While it’s no C6, the XLR features its transmission in the rear like the Corvette to achieve a near perfect 50/50 weight distribution
The XLR-V uses GM’s fantastic Magnetic Ride Control, which at the time was the fastest reacting suspension in the world (can make changes up to 1000 times per second). The concept is simple yet highly effective: the shock fluid consists of microscopic iron particles that, when exposed to an electromagnetic field, instantly makes the fluid more viscous and causes the shock to firm up
The V uses firmer suspension bushings, a stiffer front stiffer roll bar (plus a roll bar in the rear) compared to the base model. Surprisingly, the XLR-V received much praise from the press regarding its ride quality: “The Caddy has all the grip most of its drivers will ask of it, and its ride handling/balance is spot on. Bumps and road rash are soaked up with aplomb, yet body motions are well controlled. The structure is tight and rattle free, contributing to the XLR-v’s overall solidity and sophistication.” – Motor Trend
The XLR’s folding hardtop was engineered extensively to be completely rattle and leak free. On of the tests involved withstanding a 3,000 gallon torrent of water without admitting a single drop to the interior. The top uses eight hydraulic cylinders that silently lower/raise the roof in under 30 seconds
The XLR’s swanky dashboard gauges were designed by famed Italian jewelry house Bvlgari, who also styled the XLR’s bespoke key fob
Key Model Year Changes:
First year of the XLR-V
The following year (2007) was limited to a new key fob design
and an updated generation of OnStar
2008 was the first year of Bluetooth capability. ’08’s also received a heated steering wheel and a chrome wheel option
2009 (final year) received updated exterior styling, new wheels, leather steering wheel, Ipod interface, and more. It’s the only year for the optional Black Olive Ash Burl interior
32k original miles
Black over black
Excellent condition and everything works like new
Other than one wheel has some curb rash, it is mint
*SAE rated from factory. May not reflect current output.
*Performance numbers pulled from either the factory brochure or reputable automotive road tests.
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